From the Office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Statement on Year-End Employment Numbers

January 6, 2004

Washington, 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 low-income employees:

"Today's 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 Bush’s reassuring rhetoric does nothing to pay the bills.

"The President 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 them.

"For millions 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.

"The President's 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."




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