Pelosi Statement on August Jobs Report

September 4, 2020
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement on the August jobs report:

“The August jobs report highlights the continuing urgent need for action as the economic recovery stimulated by Congress’s early and robust investments continues to slow down.  More than six months into this crisis, tens of millions are still out of work, particularly in communities of color, with more than 1 million Americans having filed for pandemic and initial unemployment claims for 24 straight weeks — and millions more are facing food insecurity, unsafe schools and workplaces, and the devastating prospect of eviction and homelessness.

“Sadly, Republicans continue to demonstrate their utter contempt for the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans who are being devastated by Republicans’ deadly inaction.  The White House and Senate Republicans have made clear that they still do not comprehend the scale of this disaster or the urgent needs of our communities and the American people.  House Democrats have come to the negotiating table willing to compromise, and we will continue reaching out until we achieve a fair agreement that meets the needs of all Americans.

“House Democrats passed our Heroes Act 112 days ago to deliver the testing, tracing and treatment to crush the virus, relief for our state and local communities in crisis and money in the pockets of the American people.  The longer Republicans continue to deny and delay, the more expensive this pandemic will be to the health and economic security of America’s working families.  There is no time to waste.”