Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSenators briefed on US Navy's encounters with UFOs: report Key endorsements: A who's who in early states Trump weighs in on UFOs in Stephanopoulos interview MORE (D-Nev.) joined the chorus of lawmakers calling for more aggressive action on a stimulus package on Friday after reports showed the economy shed more than half a million jobs in November.

"Two ideas are already on the table, and both would begin to help American families suffering in this crisis," Reid said in a statement. "We must pass a substantial economic recovery package that creates good-paying jobs here in America, cuts taxes for the middle class and instills confidence to stabilize a volatile market. And we must send this plan to the White House as soon as possible."

Reid said inaction by the lame-duck Congress and Bush administration is not an option, and said that the government must act to shore up troubled U.S. automakers, who are on Capitol Hill this week lobbying the House and Senate to approve assistance to the cash-strapped companies.

"With more than 10 million workers already unemployed and experts predicting that number could climb to 10 percent of all Americans, Congress has an obligation to keep this dangerous situation from getting worse," Reid said.