Republican and Democratic leaders issued dueling statements in response to a weak jobs report released on Friday.
Republicans blame government jobless pay, while Democrats say more money is needed to allow people to return to work.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican who is eyeing the speaker’s gavel if the GOP can win back the majority next year, blamed the disappointing figures on Democratic policies on “Bidenomics,” which he said “is bad for America.”
McCarthy said jobs are remaining unfilled thanks to the most recent federal COVID-19 aid package that included $300 in weekly unemployment benefits that don’t expire until September. No Republicans voted for the $1.9 trillion measure when it passed in March.
“As we emerge from the virus, our economy should be booming, but today’s lackluster jobs report shows President Biden’s policies have stalled our