WASHINGTON, D.C.— Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement upon news of a blockbuster June jobs report including 224,000 new jobs and 3.1% wage growth:

“Our economy continues to defy expectations as President Trump’s agenda delivers positive results for the American people. This Administration has been laser-focused on the economy and I am proud that Republicans in Congress worked with President Trump to cut taxes and reduce bureaucratic red tape. Thanks to our booming economy, millions of Americans who had given up hope are now becoming part of the American Dream again. It’s amazing what can happen when we get government out of the way and allow small businesses to grow and innovate. Our pro-growth policies are providing long-term benefits for everyday people through job opportunities and higher wages. Liberals in Washington should explain to all those Americans who have found jobs and are enjoying higher wages why they are determined to take that away by reversing our success and sabotaging our economy through higher taxes, harmful regulation, and far-left socialist programs.”