Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement on the November employment report. The economy added 146,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008:
“While too many Americans in Nevada and across the country continue to struggle, there is no doubt our economy is moving in the right direction. The only question is whether Republicans will jeopardize the progress made so far by forcing a $2,200 tax hike on middle class families, or initiating another destructive fight over the debt ceiling.
“The steps we need to take to keep our economy moving in the right direction are simple. Speaker Boehner should pass the Senate’s middle-class tax cut bill immediately, and Senator McConnell should allow an up-or-down vote on his own proposal to give the President the authority to avoid default by raising the debt ceiling.
“If Republicans refuse to take these simple steps, their focus will be clear: they are more interested in appeasing the Tea Party than protecting the middle class.”