No Pivot Necessary: Republicans Consistently Focused on Jobs
“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.
- Path to Prosperity Budget (H. Con. Res. 25) balances over the next 10 years and lays the groundwork for a fairer, simpler tax code that will help the private sector create new jobs and raise wages for working families. (passed 221-207, 3/21/13)
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.
- Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act (H.R. 1900) expedites the development of critical infrastructure needed to accommodate increased natural gas production. (passed 252-165, 11/21/13)
- Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act (H.R. 2728) prevents the Obama administration from imposing costly, duplicative regulations on hydraulic fracturing, where states have effectively regulated this type of energy production for years. (passed 235-187, 11/20/13)
- Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act (H.R. 1965) streamlines the permitting process and opens new areas to onshore energy production on federal land, where oil and natural gas production have plummeted under this administration. (passed 228-192, 11/20/13)
- Offshore Energy & Jobs Act (H.R. 2231) opens the most resource-rich areas to new offshore energy production, and requires the Obama administration to move forward with lease sales that have been delayed or canceled. (passed 235-186, 6/28/13)
- Hydropower & Rural Jobs Act (H.R. 678) reduces unnecessary and duplicative costs holding back hydropower development – a renewable energy source that will bring jobs and revenue to rural areas. (passed 416-7, signed into law 8/9/13)
- Northern Route Approval Act (H.R. 3) approves the Keystone pipeline and removes legal and regulatory obstacles that could delay its construction for years. (passed 241-175, 5/22/13)
- Energy Consumers Relief Act (H.R. 1582) halts major new Obama administration regulations that will have a negative impact on jobs and the economy. (passed 232-181, 8/1/13)
- Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act (H.R. 267) expedites the development of hydropower and conduit projects, and requires the administration to study the feasibility of a streamlined permitting process. (passed 422-0, signed into law 8/9/13)
- National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act (H.R. 761) streamlines the permitting process and reduces red tape to facilitate the development of strategic and critical minerals used to support American manufacturing. (passed 246-178, 9/18/13)
- Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2218) prevents the administration from implementing new, one-size-fits-all coal ash regulations, and calls for a state-based approach that would protect the environment and the economy. (passed 265-155, 7/25/13)
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.
- Repealing ObamaCare (H.R. 45) repeals and defunds the president’s health care law, which is hurting American families and making it harder for small businesses to hire. (passed 229-195, 5/16/13)
- Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act (H.R. 2009) prohibits the Internal Revenue Service from implementing the president’s health care law. (passed 232-185, 8/2/13)
- No Subsidies Without Verification Act (H.R. 2775) prevents fraud and abuse in the president’s health care law by requiring verification systems be put in place before any taxpayer dollars are spent on ObamaCare subsidies. (passed 235-191, signed into law 10/17/13)
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.
- Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (H.R. 367): requires an up-or-down vote in Congress on any major new regulation with an economic cost of $100 million or more. (passed 232-183, 8/2/13)
- Stop Government Abuse Act (H.R. 2879) provides families and small business owners some of the tools they need to protect against government harassment. (passed 239-176, 8/1/13)
- Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1406) helps workers Americans better balance the demands of work and family by removing legal barriers preventing private-sector workers from having the same flexibility as public-sector workers. (passed 223-204, 5/8/13)
Stopping Waste & Fixing Broken Government: Promoting a smaller, less costly and more accountable government.
- Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act (H.R. 890) prevents the Obama administration from undermining bipartisan reforms critical to slashing welfare rolls, boosting earnings, and helping millions of Americans out of poverty. (passed 246-181, 3/13/13)
- Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (H.R. 2061) increases transparency by making federal spending data more open and accessible, facilitating efforts to cut spending and help create a better environment for job creation. (passed 388-1, 11/18/13)
- Water Resources Reform & Development Act (H.R. 3080) reforms the way our country builds and maintains vital ports, cuts red tape, increases accountability, and protects taxpayers – all without earmarks. (passed 417-3, 10/23/13)
- Farm Bill (H.R. 2642) implements reforms to help strengthen our agriculture and food stamp programs. (passed 226-191, 9/28/13)
Fostering Innovation: Encouraging technological advancement and entrepreneurship by keeping the Internet free of government regulation and safe against cyber threats, while protecting Americans’ privacy.
- Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act (H.R. 624) establishes a framework for companies and government to work together to stop cyber attacks that threaten our security, and our economy. (passed 288-127, 4/18/13)