Statement on Year-End Employment Numbers
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement on a report released today that revealed that 1.2 million
jobs were cut in 2003, and on efforts by the Department of Labor
to advise businesses on how they can avoid paying overtime to their
announcement that 1.2 million jobs were cut in 2003 is a harsh reminder
that American workers continue to struggle even as some celebrate
a 'jobless recovery.' For millions of Americans who have lost their
jobs and cannot find work, the President Bushs reassuring
rhetoric does nothing to pay the bills.
has added insult to injury for American families by failing to extend
unemployment benefits for workers who have lost their jobs in this
weak economy. By allowing unemployment benefits to expire last month,
Republicans abandoned tens of thousands of Americans who want to
work. These Americans want to improve their children's lives, but
instead are beginning the New Year by worrying about how to feed
more Americans, who depend on overtime to make ends meet, the Department
of Labor is making life more difficult by coaching employers on
how to dodge paying overtime to their workers. This obvious effort
to favor corporations at the expense of low-paid employees who work
long hours is yet another example of the Bush Administration supporting
the wealthy special interests rather than the public interest.
misguided economic policies and his cruel indifference to the needs
of America's workers do not reflect the values of everyday Americans.
Democrats support policies that help middle-class families succeed."