Today, the White House said that if not for President Obama’s “insistence on pushing the American Jobs Act,” no one would be talking about jobs.
• WH Press Secretary Jay Carney: The point the president is making broadly is that -- I mean, if not for the president's insistence on pushing the American Jobs Act, would we be having a debate about jobs and the economy right now in Washington? Or would Congress be -- or the Republicans in Congress be so divorced from the reality that Americans are encountering every day – that they would be debating matters wholly unrelated to the primary concerns of the American people? (WH Press Briefing, 11/2/11)
Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, Whip McCarthy and House Republicans have been focused on creating jobs and growing the economy from day one.
In May, House Republicans put forward a Plan for America’s Job Creators, followed by a fall legislative agenda to reduce regulatory burdens that pave the way for job creation. To date, the House has sent 18 bipartisan jobs bills to the Senate - where Leader Reid has done….NOTHING.
Who’s been pushing the jobs debate? House Republicans. Below is a sample of quotes from Majority Leader Cantor ALONE regarding jobs and the economy since Republicans gained control of the House. If anyone is divorced from reality, and disengaged from the process, it’s the Obama White House.
January 7, 2011: “The new Republican Majority is committed to a ‘cut-and-grow’ agenda which will signal to the private sector that we are ready and able to provide a pro-growth environment where businesses small and large can do what they do best – innovate, compete and lead.”
January 18, 2011: “More than a year ago when our country was still struggling from the recent financial crisis, I unveiled the ‘No Cost Jobs Plan’ aimed at spurring the economy and creating jobs by putting in place common sense policy proposals. ... While I applaud his efforts on this new Executive Order today, we must go further. That’s why I am relaunching the ‘No Cost Jobs Plan’ today – a plan we presented to the President and his party last year. Interestingly, though he and his Administration didn’t embrace it last year, we have noticed pieces of the plan being incorporated by the President including trade agreements and rolling back barriers to job creation found in the regulatory system.”
January 26, 2011: “That's why each day our response in the new Majority is to wake up and ask three questions: One, are our actions focusing on jobs and the economy; two, are our actions focusing on cutting spending; and three, are our actions focusing on shrinking government and thereby protecting and expanding freedom? If our actions do not fall within one of those three lanes, we must ask ourselves: why are we doing it?”
February 4, 2011: “Over the next few years, our parties have got to be one, making sure we work to reduce unemployment and get people back to work. And two, to make sure we have focus and increase the competitiveness of U.S. businesses. And thirdly, we must create an environment that fosters long-term economic growth. To do this, we’ve announced a plan that is simple, but if I may say, bold: cut and grow.”
February 16, 2011: “It is high time Democrats stop running from reality and work with us on common-sense policies to address the looming fiscal crisis and create an environment that encourages businesses to grow and create jobs. Mr. President, the opportunity is here for us to work together, but it's time to start leading.”
February 17, 2011: “Nearly every small business person I meet says that one of the most damaging provisions in the new law is the 1099 rule that forces them to issue burdensome tax forms with each vendor that they work with exceeding $600 dollars. This needless tax compliance mandate bogs down businesses small and large in paperwork, creating yet another hoop for them to jump through, instead of allowing them to focus on growing their business and creating jobs. Repealing 1099 will provide small businesses with much needed relief, and we hope to bring it to the floor this spring.”
February 24, 2011: “We are initiating a comprehensive assessment of federal policies and regulations aiming to remove those that are redundant and harmful to private sector investment and job creation. Included will be a discussion about a better way to reform our health care system – with an eye on solutions that focus first and foremost on cost containment. We will explore ways to reform our tax code, to broaden the base and reduce rates. We will work to jumpstart more free and fair trade for our exporters, and identify ways to make it easier for intellectual capital and innovation to flourish again. In the end, we know that long-term job growth will come when there are more for-hire signs in Silicon Valley and Boston; Seattle and Chicago; San Diego and Kansas City not Washington, DC.”
March 3, 2011: “Today, the House took another step to make it easier for our small businesses to grow and create jobs by repealing the onerous 1099 provision. This needless tax compliance mandate included in the ill-conceived ObamaCare law bogs down businesses in paperwork, creating yet another hoop for them to jump through, instead of allowing them to focus on growing their business and creating jobs.”
March 10, 2011: “House Republicans continue to act on voters’ calls to address job creation and grow the economy through the private sector. The more business owners we talk to across the country, the more obvious it becomes that our businesses are innovative and poised to grow, but government just has to stop making it harder for them to compete. As part of our larger effort, this forum provides an opportunity to continue these conversations with job creators and share valuable insights and experiences about the challenges they face. We will also discuss how to eliminate barriers that hinder job growth and the proactive steps we can take to make it easier for them to hire and expand.
March 16, 2011: “The REINS Act is very simple in its intent, and that is to try and stop the negative impacts of regulation that we have these job creators describe here this morning. It ensures that any regulation of significant impact should be approved by those accountable to the people, the Congress. We must not have a bureaucracy run amok if we are going to be that country where startups happen, risks are taken, where businesses flourish, and where we can see job growth. ... Just like the small businesses we have here today, they want a fair shot to ensure that government is not going to alter the rules - change them in the middle of the game - that they’ve got a fair shot at making a return. A fair shot, in those terms, encourages risk taking, which brings jobs, and along with those jobs comes a quality of life for the people of this country. That is the American dream, that’s what we’ve got to get back to, that’s what the REINS Act is about.”
March 21, 2011: “To be strong, to lead, to grow, and to empower people – here’s what we need to do. We’ve got to shift from having a government that smothers new jobs and business growth to one that nurtures an environment for getting people back to work and back to what Americans do best: innovate, compete and lead.The fix is out there. Last year the Kaufmann Foundation released a study showing that so-called ‘gazelle’ companies – those three to five years old – create roughly 10 percent of all new jobs despite being only 1 percent of all companies. That top performing 1 percent contributes an astounding 88 jobs per year compared to an average company that adds just two or three. Gazelles mean more jobs. More start-ups mean more jobs. The question to ask: Why is Washington turning America into a wounded lion instead of a speedy gazelle? Why is Washington smothering new job and business growth instead of nurturing an environment where more people are working and America is more productive?”
March 24, 2011: “The Small Business Administration admits that Government regulations are estimated to cost our economy over $1.75 trillion a year. To make matters worse, in 2009 the Administration had under various stages of consideration another 184 regulations that are estimated to cost the economy in excess of $100 million each. That is why we are taking up legislation in the House to lessen the regulatory burden on everything from the community banks, the Internet, the airlines to energy production. Smart regulations are fine, as long as they help steer businesses into the black rather than into a tangle of red tape. The problem with laws such as ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank is that they are sedatives rather than stimulants to new job growth. Bottom Line: It’s time for Washington’s war on small business to end. Washington must begin approaching problems through the prism of small businessmen and women.”
March 28, 2011: “We must make America competitive again by lowering the corporate tax rate to at least 25% - equal to our competitors. And we will do it as part of fundamental tax reform, which will minimize the impact on government revenues. Forging consensus on this type of fundamental tax reform will take time, so in the meantime I propose that we allow U.S. multinational companies to bring back almost $1.2 trillion in overseas profits at a lower tax so they can invest in our economy here at home. Over the next few months, this Congress will forge ahead with the passage of Free Trade Agreements that will help American manufacturers access foreign markets. We will, among other things work to establish, a national energy policy, and a patent regime that emphasizes American innovation – the lifeblood of our economy.”
April 6, 2011: "I welcome the news that the Obama Administration has taken steps to move forward on the long-awaited trade deal with Colombia. I hope the Administration will work with the Congress to finalize this agreement to eliminate unnecessary barriers for American businesses and boost the economy. Increasing trade with Colombia will give American business owners the opportunity to increase their profits, expand hiring and compete with their foreign counterparts. Along with Colombia, I am hopeful that the Obama Administration acknowledges the bipartisan support in Congress and works to quickly to finalize the pending trade agreements with Panama and South Korea to spur our nation's long-term economic recovery and create jobs.”
April 7, 2011: "Today, the House passed the Energy Tax Prevention Act to permanently prevent the EPA from implementing regulations that would cost our economy billions of dollars, destroy jobs, and force American families and businessmen and women to bear ever-increasing gas and utility costs. Left unchecked, the Obama Administration's EPA would unilaterally regulate greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act, going against the will of the American people, past precedent and Congress where there is bipartisan consensus that a national energy tax would destroy jobs and drag down the economy. The Energy Tax Prevention Act is part of House Republicans' larger economic growth agenda to give Americans a renewed sense of economic certainty by ending out-of-control government regulations and allowing the private sector to drive solutions for our nation's energy needs and create jobs."
April 14, 2011: “The new piece of our agenda is innovation. That's truly how America has led, we innovate better than anyone else in the world. We truly invent things that change the world. You have to ask yourself, why Google, Apple, Amgen, Facebook, Genentech, why are they all here, borne out of the backyards, garages and basements of America? It’s because we believe in opportunity for everybody, and our growth agenda is focused on trying to reinstill this sense of entrepreneurial spirit. It has to do with freeing up access to capital, making it easier for small business to get access to loans. It has to do with creating a better regulatory environment, a better tax environment, and frankly, just an optimism that the government is going to get out of the way and solve its problems and leave the private sector the ability to grow.”
April 19, 2011: “The last thing working families and small businessmen and women in the Commonwealth need is a tax hike courtesy of President Obama, especially at a time when jobs must be our focus. Increasing taxes on Virginia’s business people and job creators, whom we need to grow our economy, is the wrong prescription and completely misses the mark. I’m disappointed that once again the President did not offer specifics about how to put America on a path to pay down our debt, did not outline a plan to save entitlement programs for future generations, or offer a single proposal to increase jobs.”
April 27, 2011: “In a reformed tax code, what we are saying is lower rates, broaden the base, and get rid of the special interest loopholes. Each year what happens, in the crony capitalist spirit, is that industries go to Washington and try to get an advantage in the tax code. We want to stop that. Now, can you stop it right now? No. But we want to make sure we put in place ways to go about affecting real tax reform to bring down rates. We want to grow this economy again. We want to grow this economy so you do have increased revenues while you're trying to hold down the spending side.”
May 5, 2011: “Gas prices continue to skyrocket over $4 dollars a gallon nationwide, placing increased strain on already tight budgets for families and business people. In response to the Obama Administration’s aggressive fight against domestic energy production, House Republicans have taken another important step to encourage economic growth, create jobs and lower gas prices – especially right here at home in the Commonwealth. The current regulatory blockade on domestic drilling for oil and gas has stifled energy development and eliminated plans to tap Virginia’s offshore energy resources. This bill will allow us to move forward with the offshore lease sales in Virginia and the Gulf of Mexico in a safe and responsible way that will utilize American technology, innovation and create jobs.”
May 11, 2011: “Today, we passed the Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act, which will remove the impediments that the Obama Administration has placed on energy development in the Gulf of Mexico. This important legislation ends the months-long delay on issuing permits to offshore wells that have cost and delayed tens of thousands of jobs, reduced energy availability and contributed to rising gas prices.”
May 12, 2011: “While the Obama Administration continues to put up roadblocks to domestic energy production, House Republicans have passed three bills that maximize energy production, help bring down gas prices and will get people back to work. Today, the House passed the ‘Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act’ which will allow for energy exploration in new areas that contain the highest concentration of oil and natural gas. This legislation ensures that the Obama Administration can no longer withhold valuable energy resources necessary to increase American energy production here at home. I thank Chairman Hastings and the members of the House Natural Resources Committee for their efforts on these three energy bills the House has passed to lower gas prices and boost the economy.”
May 18, 2011: “Start-up businesses, as we know, are disproportionately responsible for job creation. In fact, I think most people would say job creation comes from small businesses. The Kauffmann Foundation did a study about a year ago which demonstrated that it’s not just small businesses; it is the three to five year old small businesses that are disproportionality responsible for job creation. So if we know that to be the case, and if you take Fletcher [Mangum’s] statement that it’s not the government jobs we are after - it’s those jobs that are economically sustainable that we’re after - why wouldn’t we be tilting our policies towards making it more favorable for start-ups?...That’s exactly what the focus in Washington needs to be. We need to be looking at policies that help start-up entrepreneurs grow jobs.”
May 26, 2011: "We also said it’s not just about cutting, that you also need to grow the economy. We understand that it’s important for us – to grow the economy, not just Washington – to see small businesses flourish. Now more than ever, our nation needs small businesses and entrepreneurs to get people back to work. That’s why we are presenting today a Plan for America’s Job Creators. This is how our economy is going to flourish. This is how we want to continue to build on the Pledge for America, and all the work that our Chairmen in Committees have been doing over the last five months to make sure that our nation’s job creators can start hiring again. We are focused on jobs and you’ll hear the details from our Chairmen as to what they have been doing and what they are planning to do.”
June 1, 2011: “Today's meeting gave us an opportunity to express concerns that we have about the current situation in the economy. ADP issued a report today estimating that private sector job creation amounted to 38,000 new jobs in May, woefully short of the amount needed for us to see this economy get back on track and people get back to work. You know, I said to the President today, it's really important for us to focus on growth in this economy.”
June 7, 2011: “Clearly the economy is not growing fast enough, and too many people remain out of work. That's why we in Congress and in the Majority have said that we have to focus on how we get Washington out of the business of making it more difficult for small business to grow. We know that small businesses are the disproportionate job creators and that's why we're driving so hard in the discussions going on in Washington around the budget and the deficit to say, look, Washington has a spending problem, it doesn't have a revenue problem. We have to make sure we are creating an environment for entrepreneurs to jump back in the game and there shouldn't be any talk of raising taxes. There should be talk of trying to ease up on the regulatory policy, and frankly, institute a sensible regulatory policy so small businesses feel that Washington is not trying to hurt them, so that these small business people can create jobs.”
June 14, 2011: "As we were home last week for the constituent work period, I think most of our members heard what is on people's minds. It is the economy. ... We heard the President's speech yesterday, and we saw a column in the Wall Street Journal yesterday written by Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE, talking about some nice things that the President and his Administration are going to do. What we are about in this House is trying to exhibit real leadership and what the President needs to understand is that economic growth is not a government program. We need to do what is necessary to take away the uncertainty and the impediments in the way of small businesses and allow them to grow again. That is what our constituents are expecting, that is what we need to do to provide the leadership that is lacking on the part of this Administration."
June 16, 2011: “The reality is, most people in this country are employed by small businesses, and what small businesses see is a myriad of overregulation, of unfair taxes and of new mandates that keep coming down the pike. Again, where is the realization that we have to create an environment where small business people and entrepreneurs are going to take some risk? Economic growth is not a government program. It is high time this Administration realize they should join us. We put together a Plan for America’s Job Creators. Central to that notion is that we have to empower entrepreneurs, people who are willing to open new businesses, people who are willing to commit their capital to grow jobs and grow value. That is how we are going to get this recovery going again. Not through insistence here in Washington that government knows how to grow this economy."
June 22, 2011: “The Obama Administration’s overreaching policies and burdensome regulations have hindered American energy development across the country, resulting in higher gas prices, job loss, and increased burdens on families and businesses. Today we are taking action to eliminate needless permitting delays which will allow energy development to move forward off the coast of Alaska and create jobs. By removing the tangle of red tape surrounding the permitting process, we can add up to one million barrels of oil per day to our domestic energy supply and create more than 50,000 jobs. This common sense legislation will help maximize energy production in this country, spur job creation and get people back to work. Leader Pelosi says she's focused on jobs, now she and her caucus will have the chance to support legislation that will create some."
June 23, 2011: “As the economy continues to sputter and millions of Americans remain out of work, we need common sense policies to boost economic growth and get people back to work today. America’s entrepreneurs and innovators are the engines of economic growth and that is why making sure they have a patent approval process that allows them to compete in the 21st century global marketplace is a critical piece of House Republicans’ jobs plan. Currently, there is a backlog of more than 700,000 patents, which is tying the hands of innovators and inventors looking to create new products, grow their businesses and create jobs. This bureaucratic backlog could literally be preventing the next iPod, artificial heart or other great innovation from being produced. That is why we will streamline and modernize the outdated patent process to make it easier for businesses small and large to attract capital for investment, launch new products, grow their businesses and create jobs.”
June 27, 2011: “Right now, the economy is priority one, and to raise taxes and expect people to create jobs is just counter intuitive. … I think that the best way to get the economy going again is to get the private sector and small businesses to grow jobs. That’s how we’re going to see more revenue come into Washington and see more middle class jobs created.”
July 6, 2011: “The focus for us is to make sure that we are not increasing taxes on individuals who are the job creators, and like it or not, the job creators are those who can be successful in a small business context. They disproportionately contribute to new jobs. Those are the people that we are focusing on to say we are not going to raise taxes. That is the essence. I think that most Americans would agree you don't raise taxes in a sputtering economy. It is just counterintuitive if you want to see people get back to work.”
July 7, 2011: “At the end of the day, what we are trying to do is create an environment where more people have the opportunity to get back to work. Again, money doesn't come from nowhere. … Our job creator proposal says let's simplify the code and bring down corporate rates and individual rates to be more competitive and see jobs grow again.”
July 20, 2011: "The Obama Administration has imposed needless regulations and crippling mandates on the private sector, stalling the economy and destroying jobs. The latest move by the National Labor Relations Board to delay Boeing from building a new plant in South Carolina has the potential to not only eliminate hundreds of existing jobs, but prevent thousands of new jobs from being created. At a time when millions of Americans are out of work and unemployment is at 9.2%, the NLRB is adding to the economic uncertainty for businesses that are looking to grow and create jobs. Washington should be promoting policies that will grow the economy and empower the private sector to create jobs, not imposing restrictions that make it harder for people to find work or encourage businesses to ship jobs overseas.
August 2, 2011: “We have to stop Washington from getting in the way of growth in this country. The President and his policies have proved detrimental to small businesses, to the middle class in this country, and to the entrepreneurs. If you think about what has built this country, it is the small business people, it is the manufacturers, it is the people who open stores in all the shopping centers around our area, it is the people who innovate and come up with new technology that helps increase productivity and create jobs. Those are the kind of people who don’t have a lot of confidence right now because frankly they don’t know where Washington is going next.”
August 5, 2011: “All of us want to see more jobs, all of us want to see that America can once again do what it does best, which is to innovate, create jobs and lead. Right now, if you look at the numbers, the start-up businesses in America, the ability for manufacturing to succeed here and to create jobs for the middle class is just not there. We've got to take a real look at what we can do in Washington, number one, to remove the regulatory burdens that are in the way of entrepreneurs and investors, so that jobs can be created again. And we have to look at policies that affect small business people and the middle class. We have this debt ceiling issue to continue to deal with. I would suggest that the President, who continues to say that he wants to work with us, take a look at where we are. On the day that he signed the agreement this week, after all we've been through, he began to advocate for higher taxes and more stimulus spending. Now, I would say that we've been there, done that. So if nothing else, if he doesn't agree, let's at least do something else.”
August 23, 2011: “We will make sure that Washington policies are less restrictive to businesses small and large by requiring a congressional review and approval of any proposed federal government regulation that will have a significant impact on the economy. Further, we will repeal the ‘3 percent withholding rule,’ which serves as an unnecessary tax increase on those who do business with the government, and overturn several of EPA’s proposed regulations that inhibit jobs in areas as varied as cement and farm dust. We will stop the overreach of the National Labor Relations Board, and we will ensure a complete, publicly available analysis of the impact that regulations have on consumers and small businesses. These are common-sense steps that should be enacted on a bipartisan basis and I call upon the President to focus on unemployed people and middle-class job creation before politics and ideology, and he can start by working with us to tackle America’s job crisis."
August 29, 2011: “This list of harmful regulations comes from the small business folks across this country. The people that I represent in the Richmond area tell me all the time, it is too hard for me to grow my business, and I can hardly keep the lights on, much less begin to think about hiring people again. We have to listen to those voices. Small business people are having trouble accessing capital, they are having trouble with the added regulations coming from Washington and they are having trouble when they hear a President who wants to raise taxes at a time when we have 9 percent unemployment. That just doesn't make sense, we have to come together and unite behind the notion that we want to grow, we want to put in place policies that help small businesses grow, that help the middle class regain their confidence that America will be a place for them and their kids to work.”
September 2, 2011: “As we announced on Monday, the House is moving forward with an aggressive pro-growth agenda to remove onerous regulations that make it harder for businesses in this country to grow and create jobs. I applaud the President’s move today to withdraw the EPA’s proposed ozone regulations, dispensing with one of the most harmful regulations we identified in conjunction with our committee chairmen. This is a step in the right direction. According to EPA’s own estimates, this particular regulation would have a price tag of up to $90 billion, making it the most expensive environmental regulation ever imposed. On top of that, the Manufacturers Alliance estimated that it would cost 7.3 million jobs by 2020. With a stalled economy and millions of Americans out of work, we cannot afford any sort of costly regulation that would destroy jobs and hamstring growth. House Republicans will continue our efforts to make sure the remaining regulations do not go into effect. The Administration still has six regulations with a cost of over $1 billion pending and 218 with costs of over $100 million pending, all of which are adding to the economic uncertainty.”
September 9, 2011: “We want to join with our colleagues on the other side of the aisle to make sure these companies can succeed. We want to make it easier for operations like this to succeed. We know that in the cement industry there are proposed regulations that stand in the way of further investment and future job creation. At Titan we know of three regulations that we are focusing on in the next several weeks, that if we were able to say that they wouldn’t happen, would provide some certainty for businesses to expand and more jobs would be created in Henrico County. The Cement MACT regulation we know would add a tremendous cost to this facility, and it is simply sapping capital that could be put to use for growth. We also have the FlyAsh regulation that will make it much more expensive for plants like this to make and provide ready-made cement, and then the 3% withholding rule which basically says if anyone does business with a governmental entity there must be a 3% withholding of that contract. I don’t need to tell the small business people that cash flow is an issue. If you withhold 3% that might represent the bulk of the margin you need and not allow businesses to operate – yet again a regulation that stands in the way of growth and job creation."
September 13, 2011: “There are potential areas of agreement, the President talked about the potential for progress on regulatory relief. The House Republicans have announced their fall agenda that is highly focused on rolling back regulations that have impeded job growth for the middle class. Just this week, we are putting on the floor a bipartisan measure that says no to the NLRB, that we shouldn’t have a federal board that begins to tell private entities where they can expand and where they can put investment in this country. So I am hopeful the President can put some meaning behind the words that he delivered, there is a potential for us to agree. The President also spoke about tax relief for small businesses and for employers. We agree with that, we agree that now is not the time to raise taxes on anybody if we are trying to grow this economy.”
September 16, 2011: “The President’s action today to sign the America Invents Act into law is an important step to ensure that our nation’s entrepreneurs and small businesses have the ability to more efficiently launch and protect their new products. House Republicans introduced this pro-growth legislation at the beginning of the year to reduce the backlog of 1.2 million patents and to encourage innovation, job creation and economic growth. The House Judiciary Committee and Chairman Smith deserve credit for their hard work on this bipartisan, bicameral legislation that will improve the patent system and help create jobs. Going forward, I hope the President and Senate Democrats will continue to work with us on areas where we agree to eliminate burdens facing our nation’s job creators and deliver results to get the American people back to work.”
September 21, 2011: “There is one thing you don’t do if you want to facilitate economic growth and job creation and that is raise taxes. The President, in putting forward his plan the other day, is proposing one of the largest tax increases in American history. That will not bring about economic growth in the private sector; all it will do is grow Washington. The President and those of us in Congress have big differences on some very big items. He does not embrace what we embrace as far as the big things that we believe are necessary to bring about growth. Real pro-growth tax reform, sensible regulatory policy like the TRAIN Act and others can give businesses, small and large, the confidence that they can invest again, create jobs and opportunity.”
October 4, 2011: “As the Speaker said, we are putting two bills on the floor this week that try to address the problem. And the problem is, the policies being promoted by this Administration are sending a signal that we are not open for business in America. That is not what we need right now, we need to all pull together to ensure that we can produce a better environment for growth and job creation. If the President would join us in trying to do some things that actually help people, and help create an environment for growth, I think we can all see a way to work together to produce a better future.”
October 5, 2011: “One thing that I heard loud and clear from the CEOs and from the public and private institutions of this country is that we need to look at the uncertainty that Washington is creating as far as the investment environment. R and D is meant for the production of basic science research. From that research comes the kind of ideas that we bring to the marketplace, and America does that better than anywhere else. The problem is Washington has gotten in the way. The government has become too harmful in terms of people wanting to take a risk to innovate. What I heard is institutions want to see a steady stream of research dollars come out of Washington. But the fiscal situation is such that it makes it even more difficult to demonstrate why those research dollars and that research activity is important. At the end of the day what we want to do is get the private sector going so that growth can occur again. You will see growth feed revenues into Washington and hopefully by that point Washington will have gotten its act straight, so that we stop spending money on things that are not important and prioritize areas of research that benefit everyone.”
October 12, 2011: “When House Republicans released our plan for America’s Jobs Creators, we outlined our ideas to get our economy back on track, to promote an environment for job creation and to ensure America remains the land for opportunity - without raising taxes or adding to the deficit. And part of that plan was passage of the Free Trade Agreements with Columbia, Panama and South Korea – but our support for passing these agreements is not new. On December 22, 2009, I, along with other House Republican leaders, wrote to President Obama outlining what we called the "No Cost Jobs Plan." In that letter we noted that passage of these trade agreements would, according to experts, increase exports by 1%.That 1% increase in exports equates to a quarter of a million new jobs. We noted in our letter that the only thing standing in the way of creating those jobs was for the President to submit the trade agreements to Congress for approval. Since then, we have repeatedly called on the President to move forward with these agreements so we can clear the way for thousands of new jobs and create an environment for economic growth.”
October 13, 2011: “New regulations coming from Washington are adding uncertainty to the economy, hurting the competitiveness of our manufacturers, and putting thousands of jobs at risk. Today the House took a bipartisan vote to delay the Boiler MACT regulations, which could eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs by imposing billions in new costs on manufacturers. Manufacturers in my home state of Virginia already spend $1.7 billion every year to comply with federal regulations, which makes it harder for them to use that capital for job creation and growth. With millions of Americans out of work, businesses in the Commonwealth and across the country need to have the ability to grow and hire.”
October 20, 2011: “As you say, all of you could be poster people for the Job Creator’s Agenda that the new Majority in the House has put forward. We’ve talked about regulation reform; we’re trying to accomplish that - FDA, NLRB, EPA, SEC, FTC - the things that are getting in the way, and not making sense. We talked about making sure free trade is something that our exporters can count on so that we can compete. Tax policy has been raised here a couple of times, we have to make the tax code simpler and lower rates for everybody. We are noncompetitive as far as our international competitors are concerned. If we’re serious about making sure America is a place for opportunity, we have to have jobs here and we have to be able to compete.”
October 26, 2011: “With the passage of this bipartisan legislation, the House will clear the way for the development of our nation’s copper resources and create an environment for economic growth. I thank Congressman Paul Gosar for sponsoring this bill that will help support the creation of thousands of new jobs and will play an important role to ensure American products are made with American resources. House Republicans remain focused on policies that will return prosperity and growth to our economy, and I urge the White House and the Senate to join us in these common sense efforts.”
October 31, 2011: “Income mobility is the key. And for too long indicators reflect a sagging rate of mobility in America. Too many people aren't moving up. Our efforts should be geared toward figuring out how to accelerate income mobility. From how we help those who are unemployed, to ways to encourage entrepreneurs and start ups, to encouraging the best and brightest to stay here in America - there are many solutions that will help people succeed and grow the economy. As Americans, we care about everyone. We should want everyone to be successful. We want everyone to see the path forward. Our country faces big challenges. We have always been a country of risk-takers and innovators. We need Washington to remember that and to believe in innovation and the kind of innovative leaders who are here at Michigan. When this happens, more people will be moving up the ladder.
November 2, 2011: “This will be the third week that we have put bills on the floor that actually have the support of the President and the other side. We started with the trade bills, we passed three of those and everyone projects a couple hundred thousand jobs will result over the period of eighteen months. Last week we put a bill on the floor having to do with the 3 percent withholding requirement and repealing that. This week on the floor we will have several bills having to do with access to capital for small businesses. These are things that the President spoke to and the American people support. What I am concerned about is what we see now in the Senate is Harry Reid refusing to go along with the President and us, especially on this 3 percent withholding bill. What we are hearing today is that for no reason at all the Leader in the Senate is desirous of trying to change that bill, and therefore decreasing the possibility it can make it to the White House, be signed into law and create jobs. So when people around the country are looking for jobs and asking where the jobs are, they are stuck in the Senate, that’s where the jobs are.”