Senate Democrats

Reid Statement on News that Private Sector Added 150,000 Jobs in July

Washington, D.C. –Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today in reaction to the news that the U.S. economy added more jobs than forecast in July, with the unemployment rate dropping and the private sector adding 154,000 jobs:

“While our economy continues to struggle and millions of Americans remain out of work, it is encouraging that private sector employers did better than most economists predicted by adding more than 150,000 jobs last month.

We have much work left to do, and creating jobs continues to be Democrats’ top priority. There are a number of things Congress can do to create jobs right away. We can spur innovation and give manufacturers tax breaks to create clean energy jobs in Nevada and across America. We can put Americans to work building roads, bridges and schools.

“But to accomplish these goals, we need Republicans to stop using common-sense jobs bills as vehicles for the Tea Party’s ideological agenda, and forcing us to run the government from one manufactured crisis to the next. With millions of Americans still out of work and our economy struggling to stay on the right track, I hope Republicans will put the best interests of our economy and the middle class ahead of the demands of the Tea Party.”