CLAIM: “We need to work together on tools like bipartisan trade promotion authority...” (President Obama, State of the Union Address, January 28, 2014)
FACT: We need the president to lead on these issues. Restoring America as a nation of builders and opening new markets for American-made goods are key tenets of the Republican jobs plan. Trade Promotion Authority has already been introduced in the House, and it is now up to the president to join and lead the effort to get it passed. Yet President Obama has blocked more American energy production at nearly every turn.
- “Energy is the lifeblood of manufacturers, and having a secure, reliable and affordable supply of energy is vital to our success,” says the National Association of Manufacturers. The House has acted to expand American energy production to help create jobs, address energy costs, and restore our nation of builders. Yet President Obama has blocked more American energy production at nearly every turn.
- In 2011, under a Republican majority, the House passed three free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, all of which had languished for years under Democratic control.
- Trade Promotion Authority has been introduced in both Houses of Congress, but President Obama “faces some stiff opposition among fellow Democrats,” and the onus is on the president to “convince Democrats to go along with it.”
- “If the president means what he says about Trade Promotion Authority, I think it’s time for him to pull out all the stops,” Speaker Boehner said at a recent press conference. “We know how the president can be when he’s serious about something. He hits the road, uses his bully pulpit, and he takes his case to the American people. So if the president is serious in his commitment to getting this important bipartisan legislation passed, he’ll do the same on this issue.”
RELEVANT HOUSE LEGISLATION:
- Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act (H.R. 3830) grants Trade Promotion Authority to the president to help fast-track the enactment of new free trade agreements. (introduced 1/9/14)
- Northern Route Approval Act (H.R. 3) approves the Keystone pipeline, as well as the thousands of jobs that would result, and removes legal and regulatory obstacles that could delay its construction for years. (passed 241-175)
- 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, providing the energy needed to revitalize manufacturing, create jobs, and restore our nation of builders. (passed 235-186)
- Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act (H.R. 2728) prevents the Obama administration from imposing costly, duplicative, and job-killing regulations on hydraulic fracturing, a type of energy production that is fueling economic growth and jobs in states that have effectively regulated it for years. (passed 235-187)
- Energy Consumers Relief Act (H.R. 1582) halts major new Obama administration regulations that will hurt jobs and our economy. (passed 232-181)
…and more at speaker.gov/jobs