Rep. Engel Says July Jobs Report Shows Continued Growth

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, says that even though the July jobs report shows the economy is continuing to recover, Congress should have done more to aid job creation.

The monthly jobs report shows that 209,000 jobs were added to the economy in July, and the unemployment rate rose slightly to 6.2 percent from 6.1 percent in July.

“House Republicans are trying to figure out how to pass the supplemental appropriations bill to deal with the border crisis, but it doesn’t seem like they have any plans to pass legislation that would put more Americans to work or to assist those who are struggling to find gainful employment.

“Congress has the necessary tools to stimulate the economy, we just need to use them. We can begin by passing a comprehensive jobs bill and extending unemployment benefits for those who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Raising the minimum wage would also fuel economic growth by lifting up to 4.5 million Americans out of poverty.

“Let’s cast some votes in favor of American workers. Americans are tired of waiting for Congress to do its job, and I am deeply disappointed that House Republicans have refused to even address these important issues.”