Neal Statement on September 2021 Jobs Report

Oct 8, 2021
Press Release

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) September 2021 jobs report:

“We’ve seen time and time again that our economic recovery hinges on the state of the virus, and this month’s report debunks any suggestion that federal unemployment insurance was keeping people from returning to the workforce. Americans want to work, but they deserve to work in conditions that are safe and recognize their lives outside of the workplace. So long as children are unable to be vaccinated, workers will be forced to choose between keeping their families healthy and searching for a job. This is magnifying the structural fault lines in our society that are caused by a lack of paid leave, child care, and, in some states, health care, that already hinder workforce participation. Paid family and medical leave and child care are non-negotiable to build back better and the Ways and Means Committee is committed to meaningfully invest in these supports.

“Doubling down on our efforts to get shots in arms is a major part of a strong economic recovery, but there is a once-in-a-generation opportunity in front of us to fundamentally change the American economy for the better. We cannot let this pass us by without investing in comprehensive paid family and medical leave, expanding the Child Tax Credit and other key refundable tax credits, and combatting climate change. With President Biden guiding us, congressional Democrats will do what’s necessary to build a post-pandemic economy that’s strong, inclusive, and resilient for generations to come.”

Last month, the Ways and Means Committee advanced a historic slate of measures to invest in the American family and economy.