The House passed three more common-sense jobs bills last week, bringing the current number of jobs bills awaiting a vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate to 25. Each of these bills is focused on removing government barriers – excessive regulations, the threat of tax hikes, and ‘stimulus’ spending policies – that are hurting job growth, and many have bipartisan support. Speaker Boehner has called on President Obama to “urge Senate Democrats to immediately vote” on the 25 jobs bills before them. This week the House is scheduled to consider two more, including the REINS Act. Learn more:
A Look at Ongoing Efforts by the House to Create a Better Environment for Private-Sector Job Growth:
- The REINS Act (H.R. 10) – Pledge to America legislation and a key part of the Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators – requires Congressional approval of any major government regulation.
- The Workforce Democracy & Fairness Act (H.R. 3094) passed last week stops the Obama administration’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from circumventing Congress to allow job-threatening “ambush” union elections.
- The Regulatory Accountability Act (H.R. 3010) and Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act (H.R. 527) minimize costly red tape and excessive federal restrictions that hurt small businesses.
- NPR says the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act (H.R. 2930), bipartisan “crowdfunding” jobs bill passed by the House in November, “removes barriers to doing business” for job creators.
- The upcoming Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum (JOBS) Act would help create jobs, reduce our spending-driven deficit, and bolster emergency response infrastructure.
- Republicans also identified extending the payroll tax break as a potential area of common ground with President Obama’s jobs plan. Republicans believe it must be paid for - without adding to the debt or imposing a job-crushing tax hike on small businesses – so that it does not accelerate Social Security’s looming bankruptcy and do more damage to our economy.
- Learn more about the Republican jobs plan, and track House-passed jobs bills, at jobs.GOP.gov.
Failed ‘Stimulus’ Policies, Government Barriers Prevent Job Creation & Long-Term Economic Growth:
- For his part, President Obama appears set on more “We Can’t Wait” executive orders – measures that the Associated Press has labeled “modest and bureaucratic” – and campaign speeches that disregard Republicans’ efforts to forge common ground on jobs.
- Among the House-passed jobs bills delayed by Senate Democrats: legislation requiring action on the Keystone XL energy pipeline, which National Journal cited as just one solution that would help “minimize the odds” of future job-crushing energy price hikes.
- Union representatives testified to a House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee that by delaying the Keystone XL energy project, the Obama Administration has denied thousands of Americans the opportunity to find work – including those in the hard-hit construction sector.
- While it's good news that some Americans found new jobs last month, nearly three times as many – roughly 315,000 people – gave up looking for work altogether.
- November was the 34th consecutive month with unemployment above eight percent. Speaker Boehner said, “the Obama Administration promised that unemployment would not exceed eight percent if we passed their ‘stimulus’ bill. That promise has gone unfulfilled.” Watch him here.
- A professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University co-authored a new report showing "policy uncertainty" created by Democratic-controlled Washington is hurting small business growth and job creation. Read more about it here.
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- Speaker Boehner’s Press Office