Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after
the Department of Labor reported that the economy added 146,000 jobs and
the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent in November. With 147,000 jobs
added by private businesses, this marks the 33rd consecutive month of
private sector job growth:
"The private sector is continuing to create jobs, and we must work
together in Congress to ensure that our economy continues to grow and
that we restore certainty and security for the middle class and small
"There is no reason for Republicans to hold the middle class and our
economy hostage to more tax cuts for the wealthy and to drive our
country over the fiscal cliff.
Republicans can do their part now by joining Democrats to extend the
middle class tax cuts without further delay. With Republicans refusing
to take up the Senate-passed tax relief bill, House Democrats have filed
a discharge petition to force a vote on this legislation, so we can put
money into the pockets of consumers during the holiday season and the
new year. There is no time to waste.
"We must come together to pass the middle income tax cuts and reach a
balanced, bold, and responsible agreement that creates jobs, grows the
economy, and reduces our deficit, while ensuring that the wealthiest
Americans pay their fair share."