President Joe Biden celebrated job numbers released Friday showing the economy created far more jobs than expected. Republicans, though say there is more to the story.
“I’m pleased to report this morning what many of you already know: that America’s job machine is going stronger than ever, fueling a strong recovery and opportunity for hardworking women and men all across this great country,” Biden said.
Despite Biden’s praise, Republicans argue it was his policies that were holding back job growth in the first place. They argue stimulus checks, major federal unemployment benefits, the monthly child tax credit and more were incentivizing Americans to quit their jobs or not go back to work.
“Now that there is no longer a barrier to work in the form of Democrats’ unemployment bonuses and monthly stimulus checks, Americans are finally coming off the sidelines,” said House Ways and Means Republican Leader Kevin Brady. “Unfortunately, the Biden Jobs Gap – the difference between the jobs created and those promised with his so-called stimulus – has increased to 1.2 million jobs short. Meanwhile, Americans’ wages are being diminished by inflation.
Republicans have also pointed to Biden’s federal spending last year, arguing it helped contribute to record inflation figures.
“It’s time for President Biden to leave his $5 trillion tax-and-spend spree behind him, and work with Republicans to grow the economy,” Brady said.
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