FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 5, 2021

CONTACT: press@onecountryproject.org

One Country Statement on November Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, D.C.

One Country Project co-founder Heidi Heitkamp issued the following statement after the release of the January jobs report:

“The January jobs report offers another rebuke to Republicans in Congress who are obstructing President Biden’s COVID-19 relief package and argue that we should just ‘wait’ to see what happens. Why do we need to wait? What’s happening is modest job growth and a lackluster economy due to the pandemic.

“Retail, warehousing, and health care sectors suffered losses last month despite gains in professional and business services, consumer spending is down, and unemployment claims remain above pre-pandemic levels. Since he entered office a few weeks ago, President Biden has approached the pandemic with a singular focus, understanding that our public health and our economy are intrinsically linked. He has also signed several important executive orders that will help Americans across the country recover economically. President Biden’s dedication to the American people’s lives and livelihoods stands in stark contrast with former President Trump’s non-response which only served to unnecessarily prolong the economic downturn.

“This jobs report confirms the need for Republicans to pass President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan to provide critical economic support to American workers and rural communities. As Republicans obstruct a rescue package supported by a majority of voters, American families and businesses are hurting. We need to put the wellbeing of the American worker first, and that means giving American families and businesses the support they need.”

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About One Country Project

The One Country Project, led by former Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly, is working to promote greater opportunities for rural communities and ensure leaders earn their support. One Country is reengaging with rural Americans, serving as a clearinghouse of research and information for rural Americans, and working to ensure leaders regain trust by fighting for these communities. To learn more, visit the website, OneCountryProject.org.