Weekly Address Highlights: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Asks “Where Are The Jobs?”

In the Weekly Republican Address, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) asks “where are the jobs?” and highlights House-passed jobs bills that have stalled in the Democratic-led Senate.  These jobs initiatives are part of Republicans’ Plan for America’s Job Creators, which builds on the Pledge to America with measures designed to remove government barriers to private sector job growth – the kind of growth the ‘stimulus’ promised but failed to deliver.   Learn more at Jobs.GOP.gov.  Following are highlights from early coverage of Rep. McMorris Rodgers’ address:

WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

  • Republicans say there's only one question worth asking after yesterday's dismal employment report from the government: Where are the jobs? ... McMorris Rodgers says unemployment above nine percent and rising is proof President Barack Obama's stimulus has failed. … She extolled House GOP proposals to remove government barriers to private sector job growth, reduce energy costs, pass a deficit-cutting budget and oppose tax hikes on wealthier Americans.” (“GOP: ‘Where Are The Jobs?,’ Associated Press, 7/9/11)

  • “In this week's Republican Address, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says the only question worth asking after Friday's dismal jobs report is, ‘Where are the jobs?’ … The congresswoman, who also serves as vice chair of the House Republican Confernence, says that if President Obama is really open to job creation ideas from any person in any party, then ‘he should encourage Democrats in the Senate to take up the jobs bills the House has passed.’” (“GOP Address: Rep. McMorris Rodgers Asks, ‘Where are the jobs?,’” ABC News Radio, 7/9/11)

  • “After a Labor Department report showed the unemployment rate ticking up to 9.2 percent, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) said there is only one question that should be asked of the Obama administration.  ‘Where are the jobs?’ she said in her party's weekly address. … She said the GOP has a plan for government ‘to just get out of the way,’ but it is being blocked by Senate Democrats.(“GOP message: The only question to ask is ‘Where are the jobs?,’” The Hill, 7/9/11)

  • Republicans used their weekly radio address Saturday to discuss the disappointing jobs report from Friday.  Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.) asked ‘Where are the jobs?’  ‘It's the only question worth asking after yesterday's unemployment report. Our economy is actually creating fewer jobs month-to-month right now," she said.” (The Wall Street Journal, 7/9/11)

  • Republicans … are keeping up the pressure on the president over jobs. ‘If we've learned anything, it's that we cannot spend, tax, or borrow our way to prosperity,’ Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state said in the Republican weekly address. ‘To create jobs and set our country on a sound fiscal course, we must stop spending money we don't have.’” (Reuters, 7/9/11)

DEM-LED SENATE HAS FAILED TO ACT ON HOUSE-PASSED JOBS BILLS

  • U.S. Republican efforts to stimulate job creation are bottlenecked in the Democrat-controlled Senate, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., said Saturday.  The GOP congresswoman said in the House, her party had addressed national debt and unemployment by passing a debt-cutting budget, modernizing the patent system and voting to expand domestic energy production.  Unfortunately, the Democrat-led Senate hasn't considered any of these jobs bills -- not a single one,’ she said. ‘In fact, it's been more than 800 days since the Senate last passed a budget.(“GOP: Senate stalling job creation bills,” UPI, 7/9/11)

  • “Republican Jobs Plan.  In the Republicans’ weekly address, U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington said that the president’s effort to create jobs has failed.  A Republican blueprint to boost jobs, which includes legislation that would expand domestic energy production and a budget plan, should be taken up in the Democratic-controlled Senate, Rodgers said.” (Bloomberg, 7/9/11)

NO TAX HIKES ON FAMILIES & JOB CREATORS

  • Republicans say Obama's revenue plans amount to tax hikes that will kill jobs, and their radio address focused on the Friday jobs report showing that the unemployment rate has risen to 9.2%.  ‘Mr. President, Americans are asking you, ‘where are the jobs?’,’ said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wa. ‘We invite you to change course and work with us to empower, not burden, our nation's small businesses, families, and entrepreneurs.’ … Republicans like Rodgers say they will oppose any tax increase.”  (“Obama, GOP duel over taxes and the debt ceiling,” USA TODAY, 7/9/11)