Walorski Statement on Disappointing April Jobs Report

Friday, May 7, 2021

Walorski Statement on Disappointing April Jobs Report

Last Month’s Job Growth Was Far Below Expectations; Unemployment Rate Rose to 6.1 Percent

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement on the April jobs report:

“This terrible jobs report is an unmistakable sign the Biden-Pelosi agenda is doing more harm than good. The federal government is paying many jobless workers more than they would earn by returning to work, and Democrats are threatening massive tax hikes and crushing regulations on job creators. It’s no surprise our economic recovery is stumbling. As vaccines get us closer to defeating COVID-19, now is the time to rebuild our economy and reconnect unemployed Americans with jobs.”

BACKGROUND

Democrats recently extended supplemental unemployment benefits of $300 per week until September 6th as part of their $1.9 trillion spending bill. The American Action Forum estimates nearly 40 percent of workers could make more on unemployment at this level than they would earn by returning to work.

In March, Congresswoman Walorski joined Ways and Means Committee Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-Texas) in introducing the Reopening America by Supporting Workers and Businesses Act, which would allow states to turn enhanced unemployment benefits into a one-time return-to-work bonus of either $1,200 or $600. It would also provide support for reemployment services for laid-off workers and reinstate the federal requirement that those receiving unemployment be engaged in actively searching for a job.

Last month, Walorski introduced legislation to provide working families with greater flexibility to pay for child care without raising taxes or imposing burdensome mandates on small businesses. The Working Families Childcare Access Act would allow working parents to contribute more to an employer-sponsored dependent care flexible spending account (FSA) and to roll over unused funds at the end of the year. It would also expand eligible expenses to include adoption, tutoring, sports activities, and art and music programs.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.

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