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Pelosi: Pres. Trump Can’t ‘Hide Behind These Jobs Numbers’

By Craig Bannister | June 5, 2020 | 1:50pm EDT
House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi
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President Donald Trump can’t “hide behind these jobs numbers,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday after the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a surprisingly robust jobs report for May.

May’s BLS report showed broad-based improvement from April, including 3.8 million more employed Americans and declines in both the unemployment rate and number of people applying for unemployment benefits.

But, instead of “hiding” behind May’s positive jobs report, “The President must join us to support real action,” Pelosi said in a statement. The “real action” Pelosi wants is the passage of her Heroes Act, a three trillion dollar bill packed with non-coronavirus spending and liberal agenda items, such as $1,200 stimulus payments to illegal aliens and fraud-prone mail-in voting:

“The GOP Senate must pass The Heroes Act, or else this fragile progress will collapse, and the tens of millions of Americans still desperate for help will fall deeper into despair. The President must join us to support real action to protect lives and livelihoods, rather than hide behind these jobs numbers and pretend that the job is done.”

Pelosi’s full statement on May’s BLS report appears below:

“The May jobs report shows that decisive action by Congress to support small businesses and workers can make a strong difference in our economy.  But with more than 100,000 Americans tragically dead, 21 million still out of work and state and local budgets collapsing, now is the worst possible moment to take our foot off the gas.

“The coronavirus continues to spread without the testing and tracing to contain it.  Nearly 600,000 critical government employees have lost their jobs in the last month and hundreds of thousands more frontline workers are at risk of being laid off, including teachers, first responders and hospital, nursing care, sanitation, transit, food, postal and other essential workers.  Families are struggling to feed their children and pay their bills – as the expiration date of the new lifelines delivered in previous coronavirus bills rapidly approaches. 

“The GOP Senate must pass The Heroes Act, or else this fragile progress will collapse, and the tens of millions of Americans still desperate for help will fall deeper into despair. The President must join us to support real action to protect lives and livelihoods, rather than hide behind these jobs numbers and pretend that the job is done.”

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