Republican leaders in the House and Senate continue to tout a list of common-sense, bipartisan jobs bills that are stuck in the Democratic-led Senate.  Even a bipartisan withholding tax repeal measure that’s part of both Republicans’ Plan for America’s Job Creators and the president’s plan is being held up  Meanwhile, the president remains disengaged from Congress’s work, still talking about a jobs proposal that Senate Democrats “never expected to pass” and claiming Americans are better off under his policies.  Listening to the American people, Republicans remain squarely focused on finding common ground to help put Americans back to work:

  • For the last several weeks, the Republican message has been focused on the ‘forgotten 15’ — the nickname for various House-approved bills that would ease federal regulations and are awaiting Senate action.” (The Hill, 11/1/11)

  • …these measures have died in the Senate, where Reid has dismissed them out of hand.” (Roll Call, 11/2/11)

  • Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) also took up the message Wednesday in a floor speech.  ‘Unlike the president and the Democrats who run the Senate, House Republicans are designing legislation to pass, rather than fail,’ McConnell said.  ‘They want to make a difference rather than a point. And the only thing keeping these bills from becoming law is the fact that Democrats in the Senate won’t take them up.’” (The Hill, 11/2/11)

  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said that this week Republicans would continue to move bills on the House floor that were part of the president’s American Jobs Act, and he joined Boehner in directing his frustration at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.” (ABC News, 11/2/11)

  • Citing the so-called ‘Forgotten 15’ House-passed bipartisan bills that have been shelved in the Senate, Boehner told his conference … ‘These jobs bills are stuck in the Senate because we have a president who is disengaged from the legislative process.’” (The Hill, 11/2/11)

  • “GOP leaders say that the so-called ‘forgotten 15’ would jumpstart the economy by undoing unnecessary regulations on American businesses.”  (Talk Radio News Service, 10/31/11)

  • The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate is stonewalling 15 bills that would help the economy, a Republican congressman said in the party's weekly media address.  Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Ill., said the ‘forgotten 15’ bills passed in the Republican-dominated House were being ignored in the Senate.”  (UPI, 10/29/11)

  • “U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta on Thursday was one of three House freshmen to appear with speaker John Boehner at a news conference calling on the Senate Democratic leadership to act on the so-called ‘Forgotten 15’ bills the Republicans say are aimed at cutting costs and regulations and creating jobs.” (New Hampshire Union-Leader, 10/27/11)

  • GOP leaders branded the bills the ‘forgotten 15,’ part of a ramped-up effort to highlight House Republicans' plan for creating jobs…” (Los Angeles Times, 10/27/11)

  • “Speaker John A. Boehner produced a card listing the ‘forgotten 15’ jobs bills that have passed the House but not the Senate.”  (The Washington Times, 11/1/11)

Remember, you can print out your own copy of the pocket card that lists the bipartisan, House-passed jobs bills that are stuck in the Democratic-led Senate.  The House will add to that tally this week with bills aimed at helping small businesses expand and hire, goals President Obama mentioned in his speech to Congress last month.   As Speaker Boehner said this morning, “While the president is out doing campaign events all over the country, what he could do is to actually come to Washington and be focused on trying to help pass bills that would create a better environment for job creation and help put the American people back to work.”