Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement on the September employment report. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added 142,000 private sector jobs in September:
“We’ve experienced sixty-seven consecutive months of private sector job growth, but more needs to be done to help grow our economy. And now that the imminent threat of a government shutdown is gone, we can begin work on a long-term bipartisan budget that gives the middle class the support they deserve.
“I was happy to see this week that Republicans are finally answering Democrats’ calls to sit down and negotiate. I was also thrilled recently to see the Senate Republican Leader admit what Democrats have known all along – that the painful, across-the-board sequester cuts must and will come to an end. Now, we have until December 11th to reach an agreement that lifts sequester cuts, invests in programs vital to the American people and provides our military with the support it needs. But there’s no reason to wait – Democrats stand united and ready to make that happen.
“As the House prepares to hold its leadership elections next week, I hope they will elect leaders who will stand up to the extreme voices in their party and start fighting for the American middle class. It’s time to pass commonsense legislation to build on the economic progress we’ve already made and help the middle class.
“That’s why Democrats are ready for Republicans to join us in negotiating a bipartisan budget that properly invests in jobs, education and health care – in addition to the military and defense. We will continue to call for a long-term highway bill that fixes our nation’s crumbling roads and bridges. And we’ll fight to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank and protect the hundreds of thousands of American jobs it supports. It is time to finally get these things done.
“As we enter these negotiations, we should remember that the American people are counting on us. They want to see us work together. Let’s show them we can find a bipartisan, balanced approach to governing that promotes growth and gives the American people the opportunity to succeed.”