Reid Reopens Failed Stimulus Playbook

Posted by Brian Patrick on

FYI –

 

Leader Reid says he wants to pursue a plan for job creation and fiscal responsibility, yet all he and his colleagues have proposed is more of the same stimulus-style spending that drove the deficit up and failed to create jobs the first time around. If Leader Reid really wants to rein in the deficit and create jobs, he should pass a budget, take up the House-passed jobs bills waiting in the Senate and offer a serious plan to get people back to work.


Senator Reid Calls For Job Creation. I believe we need to pursue strategies that address our immediate need for job creation while also getting our fiscal house in order, and I believe we can do both. (The Washington Post Live Blog, 6/22/11)

  • Senator Reid: ... this morning, my colleagues -- Dick Durbin, Charles Schumer, Patty Murray, Debbie Stabenow, and Mark Begich -- joined me in urging job-creation measures to be included in the final debt reduction deal, led by Vice President Biden. (The Washington Post Live Blog, 6/22/11)

Senate Democrats’ So-Called Job Creation Measures:

  • Senator Schumer: “This Is A Stimulus Program.” Senate Democrats kicked off their new drive for a jobs agenda by demanding that new stimulus measures be included in the bipartisan deficit reduction talks led by Vice President Joseph Biden. Democrats aren't proposing a specific package, but are instead floating various ideas ... "This is a stimulus program," said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the No. 3 Democrat ... "Let's say it costs $50 billion or $100 billion, we're going to have to make that up to keep with the president's goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction over 10 years," Schumer said. (Roll Call, 6/22/11)
     

Empower Small Business Owners and Reduce Regulatory Burdens:

H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH) on March 2, 2011
  • Passed the House by a vote of 292-130 on March 31, 2011
  • Senate has taken no action to date

H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Fred Upton (MI) on March 3, 2011
  •  Passed the House by a vote of 255-172 on April 7, 2011
  • Senate has taken no action to date

H.J.Res. 37, a Resolution of disapproval regarding the FCC’s regulation of the Internet and broadband industry practices

  •  Introduced by Rep. Greg Walden (OR) on February 16, 2011
  •  Passed the House by a vote of 240 to 179 on April 8, 2011
  • Senate has taken no action to date

H.Res. 72, a Resolution to direct committees to inventory and review existing, pending, and proposed regulations and order from agencies of the Federal Government, particularly with respect to their effect on jobs and economic growth

 

  • Introduced by Rep. Pete Sessions (TX) on February 8, 2011
  • Passed the House by a vote of 391 to 28 on February 11, 2011
  • The Senate has not directed their committees to take such action


Fix The Tax Code To Help Job Creators:

H.R. 4, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Dan Lungren (CA) on January 12, 2011
  • Passed the House by a vote of 314 to 112 on March 3, 2011
  • Passed the Senate by a vote of 87 to 12 on March 31, 2011
  • Signed into law by the President on April 14, 2011

Maximize Domestic Energy Production To Ensure An Energy Policy For The Twenty-First Century:

H.R. 1230, Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Doc Hastings (WA) on March 29, 2011
  • Passed the House by a vote of 266-149 on May 5, 2011
  • Senate has taken no action to date

H.R. 1229, Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Doc Hastings (WA) on March 29, 2011
  • Passed the House by a vote of 263-163 on May 11, 2011
  • Senate has taken no action to date

H.R. 1231, Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Doc Hastings (WA) on March 29, 2011
  • Passed the House by a vote of 243-179 on May 12, 2011
  • Senate has taken no action to date

Pay Down America’s Unsustainable Debt Burden and Start Living Within Our Means:

H.Con.Res. 34, a Resolution establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2012 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2013 through 2021

  • Introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) on April 11, 2011
  • Passed the House by a vote of 235-193 on April 15, 2011
  • Senate has not yet considered a budget of their own
     




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