The House passed three more common-sense jobs bills last week, bringing the current number of jobs bills awaiting a vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate to 25. Each of these bills is focused on removing government barriers – excessive regulations, the threat of tax hikes, and ‘stimulus’ spending policies – that are hurting job growth, and many have bipartisan support. Speaker Boehner has called on President Obama to “urge Senate Democrats to immediately vote” on the 25 jobs bills before them. This week the House is scheduled to consider two more, including the REINS Act. Learn more:
A Look at Ongoing Efforts by the House to Create a Better Environment for Private-Sector Job Growth:
The Workforce Democracy & Fairness Act (H.R. 3094) passed last week stops the Obama administration’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from circumventing Congress to allow job-threatening “ambush” union elections.
For his part, President Obama appears set on more “We Can’t Wait” executive orders – measures that the Associated Press has labeled “modest and bureaucratic” – and campaign speeches that disregard Republicans’ efforts to forge common ground on jobs.
Among the House-passed jobs bills delayed by Senate Democrats: legislation requiring action on the Keystone XL energy pipeline, which National Journal cited as just one solution that would help “minimize the odds” of future job-crushing energy price hikes.
Union representatives testified to a House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee that by delaying the Keystone XL energy project, the Obama Administration has denied thousands of Americans the opportunity to find work – including those in the hard-hit construction sector.
November was the 34th consecutive month with unemployment above eight percent. Speaker Boehner said, “the Obama Administration promised that unemployment would not exceed eight percent if we passed their ‘stimulus’ bill. That promise has gone unfulfilled.” Watch him here.
A professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University co-authored a new report showing "policy uncertainty" created by Democratic-controlled Washington is hurting small business growth and job creation. Read more about it here.