Rep. Robert Hurt - It's Time For The Senate To Act

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With the President heading to Virginia today, Freshman Representative Robert Hurt reminds Virginians about the “forgotten fifteen” bipartisan House-passed jobs bills.

Time To Act On House-Passed Jobs Bill
The Danville Register and Bee
Rep. Robert Hurt
October 18, 2011

Today, I will be holding a jobs roundtable with local small business leaders in Danville to talk about the House of Representatives’ comprehensive pro-growth jobs plan that is already underway, as well as hear from our true job creators about additional actions we can take to help jumpstart our economic recovery.

Since the start of the new 112th Congress, the House has been working and has been laser focused on passing legislation that would remove the government as a roadblock to job creation and reverse the job-destroying policies of the past 2½ years.

Earlier this year, the House put forth a commonsense jobs plan — "A Plan for America’s Job Creators" — that would empower our entrepreneurs and small businesses and return certainty to the marketplace by implementing policies that would reduce unnecessary regulations, increase our domestic energy supply, cut government spending and keep taxes low.

Putting our plan into action, the House has since passed dozens of these measures designed to help spur job creation across the Fifth District and the country.

To help stop the threat of excessive regulations, the House has passed:

 • The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, which would halt duplicative federal regulations on farmers and small business owners that are impeding job creation.

• The Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act, which would prevent the unelected National Labor Relations Board from dictating where employers and private businesses can set up their operations.

• The Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN) Act, which would require an analysis of the cumulative economic impacts of certain EPA environmental regulations.

• The Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act and the Coals Residuals Reuse and Management Act, which would help curb costly, excessive and burdensome regulations imposed by the EPA and save thousands of jobs.

To help stop the threat of soaring energy costs, the House has passed:

• The Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, the Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act, the Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act and the Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011, which would significantly increase our domestic energy supply and create thousands of jobs.

And to help stop the threat of a job-crushing debt burden and tax increases, the House has passed:

• A Budget For Fiscal Year 2012, which would cut $6 trillion in government spending, help put our budget on a path to balance, and prevent and eliminate trillions in tax hikes.

• The Energy Tax Prevention Act, which would stop the federal government from imposing a job-destroying national energy tax.

Despite the facts that many of these measures passed with bipartisan support and that the House has worked across the aisle to find areas of common ground to pass these and several other pieces of legislation that would give our true job creators the freedom and opportunity necessary to expand their businesses and put people back to work, nearly all of these House-passed jobs bills sit stalled in the U.S. Senate.

Solving our unemployment crisis should not be a partisan issue. While we may have different approaches to job creation, the House’s jobs agenda includes many proposals that transcend party lines.

The House has made every effort to outline the several areas of agreement where both parties and the President can work together to produce results for Fifth District Virginians and all Americans.

It is my hope that as the president visits the commonwealth today, he will listen to the people and urge the Senate to vote on the House jobs bills that would get America working again.

Hurt, a Republican, represents the Fifth Congressional District of Virginia in the House of Representatives. He is a resident of Chatham. He wrote this column for the Register & Bee.

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