Armstrong Supports Effort to Get Americans Back to Work
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) joined Congressman Dusty Johnson (R-SD) to introduce the bicameral Get Americans Back to Work Act, a bill to remove the federal supplemental unemployment benefit by June 30th. Job openings reached a record high of 8.1 million and more than 35% of Americans are fully vaccinated, but according to the recent jobs report, employment rose by only 266,000 jobs in April. This is far below the estimated 1 million new jobs projected by economists for April.
"The past year has been extremely challenging for many North Dakotans, and through hard work and determination, we can see the end of the pandemic. Millions of jobs are now open across the country, and employers are struggling to fill these positions. In light of this, Governor Burgum made the right decision to end North Dakota's participation in the federal government’s pandemic-related unemployment assistance programs.
As our vaccination rate continues to climb, the country must follow North Dakota's lead and end programs that are hampering our nation's economic recovery. I am honored to join Congressman Johnson in this effort to get Americans back to work," said Congressman Armstrong.
The Get Americans Back to Work Act was also supported by Reps. Ashley Hinson (R-IA), Randy Feenstra (R-IA), Randy Weber (R-TX), Diana Harshbarger (R-TN), Jody Hice (R-GA) Tim Burchett (R-TN), Roger Williams (R-TX), Greg Steube (R-FL), Bob Gibbs (R-OH), and Sens. Tim Scott (R-SC), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Steve Daines (R-MT), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rick Scott (R-FL), Mike Braun (R-IN), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL). Additionally, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has called for the additional $300-a-week supplemental unemployment benefit to end.