More than a million jobs have been lost since the president’s ‘stimulus’ was enacted, and yet the Democrat-controlled Senate continues to delay action on 22 bipartisan House-passed jobs bills.
Speaker Boehner and Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) have a joint op-ed in the Chillicothe Gazette outlining how this inaction is hurting job creators around the country. Specifically, Boehner and Gibbs highlight H.R. 872, legislation that would have stopped job-crushing government regulations on farmers and ranchers from going into effect last week – but the Democrat-controlled Senate refused to consider it. Here’s more:
“H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act … was passed by the House back on March 31 with significant bipartisan support. The objective of the bill … is to stop the federal government from needlessly imposing costly and duplicative permitting requirements for pesticide use near waterways.
“Pesticide use is already regulated, as it should be. The federal government is seeking to require the permitting not because an additional layer of regulation is needed, but because a misguided 2009 court order directed the Environmental Protection Agency to do it.
“Now that this ill-advised court decision has been implemented, public health officials, farmers, ranchers and even everyday citizens will face increased financial and administrative burdens in order to comply with the new permitting process; and all this expense comes with no additional environmental protection. It will be just another government obstacle to job creation at a time when our economy can least afford it. …
“We’ve known for months that this deadline was approaching, yet the leadership of the Senate has steadfastly refused to even schedule [H.R. 872] for a vote.”
A total of 57 Democrats – roughly a third of the House Democratic caucus – backed H.R. 872. And Speaker Boehner released a list of 132 economists today who believe the job creation strategy used in the Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators will do more to boost private-sector job growth – in both the near-term and long-term – than the “stimulus” spending approach favored by President Obama.
As Speaker Boehner said, “There is no reason – not one – for Senate Democrats to delay action” on House-passed bills like this any longer. It’s time for President Obama to get engaged and urge Senate Democrats to vote on these bipartisan bills. “As long as these bills are stalled in the Senate” – and the unemployment rate remains far above what was promised by the administration – “it is unacceptable for the White House to be anything less than 100 percent engaged in the legislative process.”