President Biden said Friday that a report showing slower-than-expected job growth in April underscores that “our efforts are starting to work, but the climb is steep, and we still have a long way to go” to recover from the pandemic.

Despite the disappointing numbers, Biden contended the economic recovery is proceeding more rapidly than he thought it would. He also pitched additional spending plans focused on jobs and infrastructure and expanding access to health care and family safety-net programs.

Here’s what to know:

  • Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D), an early Biden supporter who was touted as a potential running mate, said she will not seek reelection this year because she no longer had the fight in her heart to continue in the job for another four years.
  • Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), two staunch allies of former president Donald Trump, plan to kick off an “America First” rally tour at a well-known retirement community in central Florida.
  • Vice President Harris said that the U.S. and Mexican governments can work together to improve the quality of life in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to decrease emigration from those countries.