With roughly 22 million Americans struggling to find a good-paying full-time job, it’s fair to want President Obama’s focus to be on the economy. So it came as no comfort to read over the weekend that even with the election still months away, “the campaign increasingly appears to consume Mr. Obama’s days and his White House, shaping his schedule, his message and many of his decisions.” The White House has done so little to promote a recent legislative foray – if you could even call a Post-it note that – that one Senate Democrat, pressed to discuss the list, had to ask a reporter for a copy. Another asked if there was a timeframe on completing the list. (Yes, Senate Democrats did recently receive a briefing from a senior Obama official – but, of course, it was a campaign official.)
Republicans, in stark contrast, have “relentlessly stuck to an economic message,” focused on a jobs plan to remove government barriers facing families and small business owners. Last week, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released a memo detailing an upcoming legislative calendar that is “heavy on jobs,” including votes to stop the coming New Year’s Day tax increase on small business job creators.
This week, as part of those “GOP plans to promote jobs this summer,” the House will consider the Food & Drug Administration Reform Act, which promotes an environment for American innovation and job growth. The Ways & Means Committee will consider legislation repealing ObamaCare’s medical device tax, another element of the president’s health care law that’s making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers.
In addition, the Education & Workforce Committee will hold a hearing on barriers to lower health care costs for workers and employers, an everyday challenge the president’s health care law fails to address as promised. With employers still feeling a “lot of nervousness” over government red tape, the Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on burdensome Obama administration regulations that are hurting the coal industry and costing thousands of American jobs.
Republicans’ jobs focus extends well beyond hearing rooms, the House floor, and the Beltway. Last week, Republicans announced the establishment of a new Women’s Policy Committee that will bolster the case for solutions that help create new jobs and make government smaller and more accountable. A nationwide American Energy & Jobs Tour, led by the House Energy Action Team (HEAT), highlighted the need for an ‘all-of-the-above’ strategy to help combat high prices on everything from gas to groceries.
The fruits of these efforts are the nearly 30 House-passed jobs bills that would promote confidence and help get our economy back on track. Unfortunately, these initiatives have hit a wall in the Senate, where Democratic leaders are picking fake fights and “not hiding the political motives” for doing so. With Americans still asking ‘where are the jobs?,’ the fear and anxiety surrounding President Obama’s economy is what motivates Republicans to keep focusing on the Plan for America’s Job Creators, which you can learn more about by going to jobs.GOP.gov.