Rep. Kelly Proclaims on House Floor: “America is Winning Again!”

May 9, 2018 Issues: Economy and Jobs
Rep. Kelly Proclaims on House Floor: “America is Winning Again!”

Celebrates historically strong state of US economy as result of GOP’s pro-growth policies for American workers & families

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives this morning to highlight the current state of the American economy under unified Republican leadership, citing recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor and elsewhere.

Rep. Kelly: “The facts are clear… Never before has America been winning the way we are winning today, in every measurable way, every day. America is truly winning again, and we are making America great again.”

The following is a summary of the facts that Rep. Kelly recited during his remarks:

  • National unemployment is now below 4% for the first time in nearly 20 years
  • 164,000 new jobs were created last month, including:
  • 24,000 new jobs in manufacturing
  • 17,000 new jobs in construction
  • Nearly 3.2 million new jobs have been created since November 2016
  • There are currently 6.6 million job openings in U.S. — an all-time high
  • Small business wages increased last month by 3.25% — the strongest rate in 2 years
  • Female unemployment is at its lowest level since 2000
  • Black unemployment is at its lowest level ever
  • Hispanic unemployment is at its lowest level ever
  • Consumer confidence is at its highest level since 2004
  • Job market confidence is at its highest level ever
  • Small business confidence is at its highest level ever
  • Because of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, since February, 90% of Americans have been opening up bigger, less-taxed paychecks — more take-home pay to keep/spend/invest
  • More than 530 companies (and counting) have reinvested billions of dollars into their businesses and our nation’s economy
  • As a result, more than 4 million American workers (and counting) have received major bonuses and/or pay raises and/or retirement benefit increases
  • This includes employees at local companies in Western PA like Erie Insurance, NextTier Bank, and PNC Bank, as well as those who work for national companies like Home Depot and Walmart, which alone employs 4,000+ constituents in PA-03
  • Energy bills have gone down for more than 87 million customers in 48 states
  • According to the International Energy Agency, the U.S. is on track to be the world’s largest oil producer by 2023
  • Thanks to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, our troops are enjoying their largest pay increase in 8 years

Rep. Kelly also quoted remarks by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) from yesterday morning:

“We are working on reforms to get more people out of poverty and into the workforce. We need to make sure that workers have the right skills they need to get a job and a good career.

“Right now, our economy is thriving. Americans are right to feel good about how things are going. And we have not seen those kinds of optimism statistics in a long, long time.

“So we are going to keep pushing. We are going to keep pushing to close the skills gap, to close the opportunity gap, to make sure that all these jobs that are being made available are being filled with workers who are getting great careers and good lives, and going from poverty and welfare to work, so that they can find their own vision of the American idea.

“That is what our Better Way agenda was all about. It is what we are in the middle of executing and implementing right now. And we’re really excited to see the great economic news that comes as a result of all these things that we’ve been working on.”

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