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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), a medical doctor and chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor after the June jobs report showed that the economy added 4.8 million jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 11.1%.
“Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, I come to the floor today as we have just seen incredible record-setting job numbers.
“It's wonderful news for American workers, for families all across the country. It's a stellar June jobs report. The U.S. economy added 4.8 million jobs, shattering all expectations.
“It's the largest monthly jobs gain in our nation's history. So if you flipped through the channels this morning… these were some of the comments today about the jobs numbers.
“CNBC, Jim Cramer said, “There's an optimism in the country. People are hiring.” Ed Lawrence at Fox Business said, “This is amazing. A good report anywhere you look at it.” Becky Quick, CNBC, said that it was “a trend from across the board of pretty strong numbers.” Stephanie Ruhle of NBC said the jobs report was “a big positive.”
“Charles Payne, Fox Business, said, “Even though the economists keep saying it's impossible, the numbers are terrific.” Steve Liesman, CNBC, said, “Bringing a lot of folks back.” Christine Romans of CNN, “Big hiring.” Rick Santelli of CNBC, “Really solid numbers.”
“So, Mr. President, good news. Americans are getting back to work. Now we need to make sure that we reopen responsibly, smartly, safely, the sorts of things you were talking about – knowing what to do, how to do it, how to do it right, because the health and safety, as you mentioned, of our families is important and it includes economic health as well.
“We have that report today with a stellar jobs report.”