Today, the President travels to Ohio for a political “photo-op” where he will deliver yet another speech on his jobs plan that has been criticized by members of his own party and calls for one of the largest tax hikes in American history. Back in Washington, House Republicans are hard at work on pro-growth measures to boost the economy and reduce uncertainty for job creators. On the floor we will begin consideration of the bipartisan TRAIN Act to remove barriers preventing private sector growth so that businesses small and large can invest, expand and begin hiring again. As we’ve made clear, House Republicans stand ready to work with the President on areas of common ground so we can produce results and get people working again – hopefully the President will join us when he gets back from his latest political trip.
Today In History: In 1994, the television sitcom Friends debuts on NBC. The show, which featured a group of relatively unknown actors, went on to become a huge hit and air for 10 seasons. It also propelled the cast--Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer--to varying degrees of stardom and success in Hollywood.
Birthdays: Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Rep. Dan Lungren, Scott Baio, Billie Piper, Tom Felton, Andrea Bocelli, and Joan Jett
Here is what's in today's Ledger ...
State Of Play: Democrat Opposition To President Obama’s Plan Continues To Grow
Senator Tester Becomes The Latest Senate Democrat To Come Out Against President Obama’s Proposal. We went above and beyond by calling the Senator’s office and speaking to Aaron Murphy, Tester’s spokesman. “I can say that Jon is against the president’s proposal,” Murphy told HOH. Roll Call
Senator Bill Nelson Ducks On President Obama’s Proposal, Tells Reporters To Call His Office. Other senators avoided the question entirely. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), who is up for re-election next year, told TPM to call his office for his position on the President's tax reforms. Talking Points Memo
The Tax Hikes In President Obama’s Proposal Violate The Very Principles He Claims To Tout. The President calls on [the super committee] to undertake comprehensive tax reform, and lays out five principles for it to follow: 1) lower tax rates; 2) cut wasteful loopholes and tax breaks; 3) reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion; 4) boost job creation and growth; and 5) comport with the "Buffett Rule" that people making more than $1 million a year should not pay a smaller share of their income in taxes than middle-class families pay."... the administration's tax plan violates these principles. It raises rather than lowers tax rates, shrinks tax deductions to pay for more spending, makes no believable contribution to economic growth, has nothing specific to say about the Buffett Rule, and allocates a third of the proposed $1.5 trillion tax increase over the next decade to such miscellany as the temporary payroll tax break, more subsidies for state and local government jobs, and prolonged unemployment benefits. The Wall Street Journal
Editorial: President Obama Continues To Mislead, It’s Not A Tax Problem – It’s A Spending Problem. In presenting his latest budget proposal on Monday, he gave the false impression that the nation's fiscal burden falls heavily on lower-income people while those in the upper brackets are getting off easy. This is nonsense. ... The federal budget problem has not come about because Americans are taxed too little or because Washington does not rake in enough money. No, the problem is strictly a spending one: While revenue has risen, outlays have risen at an even faster pace. Spending in the past three years alone jumped 30 percent. This will remain true no matter what the slope of the revenue line looks like, until voters pick politicians who are willing to tell them no once in a while. ... The president's proposal calls to mind an economist's description of the Alice-in-Wonderland morality of contemporary liberalism, in which " 'I want mine' is regarded as greedy and unenlightened, while 'I want yours' is regarded as selfless and progressive." If, as Obama claims, his latest proposal is not class warfare, we would hate to see what is. Richmond Times-Dispatch
State Of Play (2): 89 House Democrats Reverse Their Position, Vote For A Government Shutdown
What Happened To The Pay-Go Democrats? We're supposed to be living in an era of fiscal austerity, but you wouldn't know it from the Washington debate over disaster relief. Senate Democrats are refusing to offset even $3.65 billion of emergency relief for Hurricane Irene's damage with other spending reductions. ... Majority Leader Harry Reid and his colleagues are threatening to blame Republicans for a government shutdown because the emergency funding is tied to a continuing resolution to fund the government after September 30 ... When Ms. Landrieu promises to "eventually pay for it," does she mean in 2020, or 2030? If Democrats (and some Republicans) won't cut a mere $3.5 billion now, how are they ever going to cut the hundreds of billions in spending that is necessary to balance the budget? These are the same Democrats who once campaigned on the promise of "pay as you go" budgeting. In the 1990s, Bill Clinton and Republicans in Congress routinely financed disaster relief with other cuts, even after the Oklahoma City bombings. And that was when the deficit was a small fraction of what it is now. The Wall Street Journal
Democrats Vote For Shutdown (Courtesy Of The Majority Whip’s Office)
In August, 95 House Democrats voted in favor of Budget Control Act to set spending levels for the coming fiscal year and prevent a government shutdown. Last night, 89 of those 95 Democrats flipped and voted for a government shutdown. Below is the list of Democrats who voted in support of a government shutdown.
3. Bass (CA)
6. Bishop (GA)
7. Bishop (NY)
9. Brady (PA)
13. Castor (FL)
18. Connolly (VA)
25. Davis (CA)
26. Davis (IL)
31. Donnelly (IN)
35. Green, Gene
47. Jackson Lee (TX)
48. Johnson (GA)
49. Johnson, E. B.
54. Larsen (WA)
70. Ross (AR)
71. Rothman (NJ)
74. Sanchez, Loretta
78. Scott, David
84. Thompson (CA)
86. Van Hollen
87. Walz (MN)
88. Wasserman Schultz
89. Wilson (FL)
Experts Say Obama's Visit Won't Help Bridge. A presidential visit is a big deal, but will it actually guarantee funding for the aged and overused Brent Spence Bridge? Not really, say transportation experts and highway officials. That's not how highway funding works. ... Even if the bill is passed, it's not clear funding included in the bill for stimulus or the creation of a national infrastructure bank would ever reach the bridge. That's because if the point of the jobs bill is to create jobs now, then the Brent Spence Bridge may make a nice backdrop for a speech, but it's not the best example of a shovel-ready project. According to highway officials in Ohio and Kentucky, the bridge is still in the preliminary engineering and environmental clearance phase. In a best case scenario, the earliest that workers would be hired would be in 2013, but more likely 2015. Cincinnati Enquirer
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