14 GOP Reps. Target Senate's Failure to Act on Jobs

Saturday, 10 May 2014 08:06 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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The authors of more than a dozen jobs bills passed in the House joined forces for this week's GOP address to call on President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats to take action and also focus on the nation's economy.

"These are only some of the many bills we've passed to provide new hope to families, workers, and students across the country," House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, R-Minn., says at the end of the statements.

"More are in the works," said Kline. "Because our focus, day in and day out, is on building a stronger economy and a better America. It’s time for President Obama and Senate Democrats to step up and make that their priority too."

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The Republican-controlled House has become more frustrated in recent weeks than ever, as it has passed numerous bills only to see them die without a vote in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., is among the many representatives who have complained about the Senate's constant refusal to act on the "stacks of bills" House members have passed.

The House legislation has included "jobs bills trying to affect a better healthcare future, bills trying to affect lower energy costs for working middle-class families in our country," he said recently.

On Saturday, 14 representatives stepped forward to describe the bills they sponsored, and all pointing out that "Americans are still waiting for President Obama and Senate Democrats to act," at the end of each description. They were:

House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich: "14 months ago, the House passed H.R. 890, my bill to protect reforms that have helped thousands of welfare recipients find jobs and lift their families out of poverty."

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C.: "14 months ago, the House passed H.R. 803, my bill to help more American workers gain the skills and education necessary to compete for in-demand jobs."

Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb.: "12 months ago, the House passed H.R 3, my bill to build the Keystone XL pipeline and support more than 42,000 direct and indirect jobs. It’s time to build the Keystone pipeline.”

Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala.: "12 months ago, the House passed my bill, H.R. 1406, to allow private sector workers to take advantage of the comp time benefits public employees enjoy."

Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev.: “Eight months ago, the House passed H.R. 761, my bill to facilitate the development of strategic and critical minerals used to support American manufacturing jobs."

Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas: “Seven months ago, the House passed H.R. 2481, my bill to provide our service members with tools that will help them find good jobs when they return home."

Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo.: “Six months ago, the House passed H.R. 1965, my bill to make it easier to develop our resources so we can lower energy costs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil."

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.: "Five months ago, the House passed H.R. 3309, my bill to promote innovation and job creation by helping businesses defend themselves against abusive patent litigation."

Rep. George Holding, R-N.C.: “Ten weeks ago, the House passed H.R. 2804, my bill to rein in red tape and increase the transparency of new regulations so small businesses can better plan ahead."

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill.: “"Eight weeks ago, the House passed H.R. 3474, my bill that would incentivize small businesses to hire more of our veterans."

Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio: "Six weeks ago, the House passed H.R. 2824, my bill to fight back against the administration’s War on Coal that’s destroying jobs and causing electricity prices to skyrocket."

Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind.: "Five weeks ago, the House passed H.R. 2575, my bill to restore the working hours and wages that millions of part-time employees lost because of Obamacare."

Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas: “Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 4438, my bill to permanently extend the research & development tax credit so we can keep good ideas and good jobs right here at home.”

And Kline, wrapping up the speech, said on Friday, the House passed "H.R. 10, my bill to strengthen charter schools and encourage more choice and opportunity in our education system."

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