Continued from page 1

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, said Republicans, by blocking bids to restore unemployment assistance to 1.7 million Americans and to raise the minimum wage, are preventing middle-class America from gaining a foothold on the economy.

“While we have made significant progress since February 2009, our recovery will not be complete until everyone can find a job that opens doors of opportunity to a secure place in our middle class,” Mr. Hoyer said.