Congressman Sires Statement on Jobs, Infrastructure, and the Future of Our Economy
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) issued the following statement regarding the state of the economy and future national infrastructure legislation:
“The Department of Labor’s most recent jobs report highlights one of our economy’s most pressing challenges: providing enough jobs for Americans looking for work. This month’s jobs report shows that the economy added only 20,000 jobs last month – substantially fewer than was expected, and a significant decline from January’s gains of 311,000. Twenty thousand jobs are certainly better than zero jobs but, in a nation of over 200 million working age adults, this rate is not strong enough to keep up with our growing labor force.
“This is where government can help. Over the past two years, Congress has been deliberating on how to undertake a national investment in infrastructure. The February jobs report is a good reminder of why we need to move quickly. A robust investment to upgrade, replace, and modernize our roads, bridges, and railroads is not only good for the millions of Americans who depend on that infrastructure, but would also create hundreds of thousands of jobs around the country. As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I will continue advocating for national legislation to achieve two objectives: the rehabilitation of crumbling infrastructure and the creation of jobs. We should not wait until our country starts losing jobs to invest in programs that will benefit millions and employ thousands more.”