“The White House, for at least the fifth time this year, is seeking to pivot to the economy,” The Hill reports this morning, “this time in a bid to change the subject from the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare.”  Unlike the president, House Republicans haven’t waited for an excuse to shift attention to the economy – we’ve been focusing on jobs all along.  House Republicans have consistently worked to advance the Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs, passing numerous bills to help the private sector grow and get more Americans back to work.  Here’s a look:

Controlling Spending & Simplifying the Tax Code: Reining in excessive, wasteful spending, and boosting America’s global competitiveness by creating a flatter, fairer and simpler tax code.

Energy Independence: Implementing an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policy that boosts production to help create jobs, address energy costs, revitalize manufacturing, and make America a nation of builders once again.

Lowering Health Care Costs & Bolstering Research: Scrapping the president’s health care law that’s driving up premiums, canceling health plans, and making it harder for small businesses to hire; and paving the way for effective, patient-centered reforms.

Expanding Education Opportunity: Reforming federal education policies to promote choice and access for all students, and improving job training programs to provide Americans with the tools they need to find work in a tough economy.

  • Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act (H.R. 1911) takes the politics out of student loans by tying interest rates to the market, making paying for college easier for students and families, and fairer for taxpayers. (passed 392-31, signed into law 8/9/13)
  • SKILLS Act (H.R. 803) eliminates and streamlines dozens of overlapping federal programs, and helps connect out-of-work Americans with the training programs they need. (passed 215-202, 3/15/13)
  • Student Success Act (H.R. 5) eliminates ineffective and duplicative federal programs, consolidates programs that have grown and multiplied over the past 10 years, protects local schools from overreach by Washington bureaucrats, and lets school districts identify, recruit and keep the best teachers possible. (passed 221-207, 7/19/13)

Reining in Red Tape: Eliminating excessive, burdensome regulations that act as barriers to stronger private sector growth and job creation. 

Stopping Waste & Fixing Broken Government: Promoting a smaller, less costly and more accountable government. 

Fostering Innovation: Encouraging technological advancement and entrepreneurship by keeping the Internet free of government regulation and safe against cyber threats, while protecting Americans’ privacy.