Congressional Republicans insisted Friday that the disappointing September jobs report showed that President Biden’s economic plan was not working.
“President Biden’s delusions have suggested for months his economic plan is ‘working,’” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted Friday.
“Anyone who saw today’s jobs report knows it’s failing. Democrats have turned what should have been an economic resurgence coming out of the pandemic into an economic crisis.”
US employers added just 194,000 jobs in September — fewer than the 336,000 jobs added in August and the fewest since December of last year, when employers actually cut jobs amid a winter surge of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
Biden attempted to put a positive spin on the worst jobs report of his administration by pointing to a decline in the unemployment rate from 5.2 percent to 4.8 percent — even though economists say that’s a reflection of fewer Americans seeking work.
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, said the report was “more dreadful news for America’s slowing recovery, for Main Street businesses struggling to find workers, and for families whose paychecks just can’t keep up with higher prices.
“President Biden is now a whopping 944,000 jobs short of what he promised from his last stimulus and worse, has lost the confidence of the American people to lead the economy,” Brady added. “If this were a football team with this losing record, the coach would be searching for a new job at this point.”
“The September Jobs Report is the worst of Joe Biden’s presidency,” tweeted Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), another member of the Ways and Means Committee. “Incentivizing Americans to stay out of the workforce is having a drastic effect on our economy.”
“Joe Biden economics at work,” tweeted Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). “[F]ewer jobs, less work, higher inflation.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) tweeted that the report was “disappointing” and argued that the best way to grown the economy was for the government to “get out of the way” and stop spending and “feeding already out of control inflation.”
A new Quinnipiac University poll out this week showed that just 39 percent of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of the economy while 55 percent disapprove. In the same poll, a mere 29 percent of Americans put the state of the US economy as “excellent” or “good” while 69 percent said the economy was doing “not so good” or “poor.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), meanwhile, took a different tack, arguing that the September jobs report represented “additional proof of the need for Democrats’ jobs-creating Build Back Better agenda.”
“While historic progress to create jobs, lower unemployment and defeat the pandemic has been forged under President Biden and Congressional Democrats, more must be done to protect families’ financial security now and for generations to come,” she added. “Build Back Better will be transformative for America’s workers and middle class.”
Democratic lawmakers are currently attempting to hammer out the final form of a $3.5 trillion social spending bill that they will attempt to pass without Republican support, even as a bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill languishes before the House after passing the Senate in August.
Some House Democratic centrists have balked at the size of the larger measure, while moderate Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have flatly said they would not support that level of spending. Meanwhile, far-left House Democrats have vowed to tank the infrastructure bill if the social spending plan is not passed first.