In response to Friday’s employment report showing that the U.S. economy is adding far fewer jobs, President Joe Biden claimed that the Delta COVID-19 variant was the cause.
“There is no doubt that the Delta variable is the reason for the weak employment report,” Biden said in a prepared speech on Friday, a few hours after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy added 235,000 jobs in August. Economists expect an increase of 750,000 jobs this month.
“I know people are looking for it, and I hope for a higher number. But next week I will list the next steps we need to take to combat the Delta variant to address some of the worries and concerns,” he said, adding Said that the economic recovery depends on the decline in the number of COVID-19 cases Congress passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.
“What we are seeing is a lasting and strong economic recovery,” Biden added. “Although I know some people want to see bigger numbers today, and so do I, what we are seeing this year is continuous growth month after month.”
The President also called on Congress to pass the infrastructure bill and the $3.5 trillion budget settlement bill supported by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) wrote an opinion piece on Thursday, saying that he will not support the settlement bill, at least for the time being, it will have an impact on Biden’s economic agenda.
“This employment report shows the steps we have taken to pass the rescue plan and vaccinate 175 million people to make [sic] Even in the face of a surge in the growing delta, our economy has the ability to grow and increase employment opportunities,” he also said.
This week, after the U.S. military withdrew from Afghanistan, Biden has been trying to focus on his domestic agenda, which has led to widespread criticism of his handling by members of both parties. According to reports, hundreds of Americans are still trapped in Afghanistan.
in his Wall Street Journal In the opinion article, Manchin worried that the settlement bill-including social welfare spending, climate initiatives and some infrastructure-related measures-would significantly increase the national debt, and said it would increase inflation.
“Instead of rushing to spend trillions of dollars on new government programs and additional stimulus funds, Congress should suspend the strategy on budget settlement legislation,” Manchin wrote. “The suspension is necessary because it will make the trajectory of the pandemic clearer and allow us to determine whether inflation is temporary.”
Since the Senate Democrats only obtained a majority of 51 votes in the tie-breaker of Vice President Kamala Harris, Manchin’s defection jeopardized the passage of the bill, which required a simple majority. All 50 Republicans said they would not support the measure.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times