Remarks at 'Show Us the Jobs' Event
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Senate Democratic
Leader Tom Daschle at a news conference this afternoon with 51 workers
directly impacted by Republican economic policies, one from each
state and Washington, D.C. The Leaders listened to these workers
and discussed the national jobs crisis, including the expiration
of federal unemployment benefits for more than 1 million workers.
The workers are concluding their "Show Us the Jobs" Tour
through eight states and 18 cities to showcase the devastating impact
Republican economic policies are having on workers and their families
and to call for change. Below are Pelosi's remarks:
you, Senator Daschle. John Sweeney, thank you all for your leadership
on these critical issues for Americas working families and
for launching this great Show Us the Jobs tour.
importantly, thank you to all of the workers who are here today.
While the President campaigns across the country with rhetoric about
an economic recovery, you are traveling to share the reality of
your lives under President Bush.
while Treasury Secretary John Snow outrageously defended outsourcing,
House Democrats voted to bring a six-month extension of unemployment
benefits up for a vote. Republicans defeated our effort.
an estimated 1.1 million Americans have exhausted their unemployment
benefits since December and are now receiving neither benefits nor
a paycheck. That includes 177,000 people in my home state of California
three years of controlling the White House and the Congress, Republicans
have added more than $3 trillion to the national debt and lost nearly
3 million jobs, the worst record on job creation since the Great
Depression. More than 8 million Americans are unemployed.
missing an enormous opportunity to create jobs by not passing a
robust highway bill, this Republican Congress will leave town for
a two week break without doing anything to help the unemployed.
Congress has no plan to create jobs, and no interest in doing anything
other than handing out tax cuts to those making more than $1 million
benefits are not a hand out. They are a temporary help to willing
workers who are unable to find jobs.
unemployment benefits is the right thing to do.
unemployment benefits is right for American families who are suffering.
Unemployed workers are spending their savings, running up debt,
and having to choose between getting the health care they need and
paying the rent that is due.
unemployment benefits is right for the economy. Each dollar spent
on unemployment benefits will boost the economy by one dollar and
73 cents. Families will spend the money right away on necessities,
growing the economy and creating jobs.
unemployment benefits is right for families and it is right for
knows that better than the 51 workers here with us today. After
going to eight states in eight days to highlight reckless Republican
economic policies, they are here with us today to tell their stories."