Republicans Attack Biden Agenda After Disappointing Jobs Report

Republicans are seizing on disappointing jobs data to argue that President Biden’s spending and tax plans are already causing a slowdown in the economy.

Friday’s jobs report — which showed U.S. employers added 266,000 jobs in April, far below expectations — could pose a challenge for Biden as he seeks to enact his proposals for $4.1 trillion in new spending financed by tax increases on wealthy individuals and corporations.

Republicans were already opposed to Biden’s infrastructure plans, but last month’s lackluster job gains are giving GOP lawmakers a new line of attack that they are hoping will resonate with voters.

Republicans responded to Friday’s employment report from the Labor Department by taking aim at a provision in Biden’s COVID-19 relief law that extends enhanced unemployment benefits through the beginning of September. GOP lawmakers argued that the $300 per week boost to weekly unemployment benefits is discouraging people from returning to work.

Republicans are now hoping that their economic message might reverberate with some moderates on the other side of the aisle and force Democrats to scale back their multi-trillion dollar proposals.

GOP lawmakers also hope that their arguments against Biden’s proposals will gain traction with voters ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

“Another bad jobs report, and after a while, that’s going to sink in,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist.

Read more from Naomi Jagoda at The Hill

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