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Brady Statement on December 2018 Jobs Report

January 04, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) released the following statement in response to the Labor Department’s December 2018 jobs report:

“This is the 12th jobs report following the historic rewrite of our nation’s tax code, and the trend remains the same: strong growth for America.  This is what Republicans aimed for with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — this full year of major job and wage gains is worth celebrating.  More importantly, this year of success for our workers needs to be built upon.

“Yesterday, House Democrats – on day one of their new majority – sent a message to hard-working parents across the country that they are not interested in legislation that helps our families succeed, like making permanent the $2,000 Child Tax Credit and a nearly doubled standard deduction.

“While we hoped Democrats wouldn’t go back to their tax and spend agenda so quickly, House Republicans are going to keep bringing forth policies that build on these results by putting more money into the pockets of the women and men who earned it.”

Note: The U.S. Department of Labor reported today that the economy added 312,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate was 3.9 percent.