The Leader's Ledger

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Since September, the House has been working to remove the top 10 regulations that are causing the most harm to economic growth and job creation. Today, the House will vote on the Workforce and Democracy Fairness Act, a key step towards completing the repeal of these harmful regulations. This legislation reins in the Obama Administration’s National Labor Relations Board and reaffirms workforce protections that have been in place for decades to ensure we have a stronger, more competitive workforce. Recent actions by the NLRB have added to the uncertainty facing American employers, making it even more difficult to create jobs and invest in our economy.

Over the past twelve weeks, the House has been laser focused on steadily repealing harmful regulations and putting in place policies that will pave the way for job creation. In contrast, the White House said yesterday the President devotes 5% of every week to campaigning and spends entire days to focus on battleground states, when he could be focusing on boosting economic growth. The House will continue to work on measures that will spur economic growth, and we hope the President can take a break from the campaign trail to join us.

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Here is what’s in today’s Ledger …

State Of Play: House Sends Another Bipartisan Jobs Bill To The Senate, Schumer Says The Senate Will Act

House Overwhelmingly Passes Bipartisan Jobs Bill Reforming The Visa System and Ensuring Businesses Have The Ability To Grow & Create Jobs. In a rare show of bipartisan comity on the angrily contested issue of immigration, the House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill that tweaks the visa system to allow more highly skilled immigrants from India and China to become legal permanent residents. The bill, originally offered by Representatives Jason Chaffetz, a conservative freshman Republican from Utah, and Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, sailed through by a vote of 389 to 15. Joining as sponsors were several Democrats who are outspoken liberals on immigration, including Representatives Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois and Zoe Lofgren of California. … The bill eliminates limits on the number of green cards based on employment that is available annually to each country. Currently, 140,000 green cards are available each year for immigrants based on their job skills, with each country limited to 7 percent of those visas. Under the bill, after a three-year transition, all employment-based green cards will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis, with no country limits. The New York Times

Schumer Expects “Overwhelming Support” In The Senate For Passage Of H.R. 3012. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who heads the Senate Judiciary panel on immigration, said he planned to move the bill as quickly as possible in the Senate, “where we expect it to find overwhelming support.” He said the legislation would “remove outdated constraints that prevent us from attracting the kind of innovators who can create job growth in America.” The Associated Press

Reminder: The House Has Sent Over 20 Bipartisan Jobs Bills To The Senate … When Will Senator Reid Hold A Vote? View The List Of Jobs Bills Being Stalled By The #ReidRoadBlock HERE

Happening Today: House Republicans Move Another Jobs Bill To Protect Workers and Employers From The NLRB. House Republicans are waging a pre-emptive strike against the National Labor Relations Board Wednesday to keep the group from speeding up the process for organizing unions and to prevent multiple unions at a single company. The NLRB wants to quicken the pace to make it easier for employees and to prevent employers from discouraging them. The NLRB also supports allowing multiple unions, known as “micro-unions,” that represent different divisions within each company. … Prospects for the House bill’s passage are good … “It’s very clear to me that we’re seeing the rights of employers and employees under attack,” said Mr. Kline … The NLRB has been in the cross hairs of House Republicans for most of the year for what Mr. Kline calls a “blizzard of regulations.” It started with the agency’s attack on Boeing Co., the world’s largest aerospace manufacturer. The Washington Times

State Of Play (2): Senator Reid’s Political Theatre Continues To Take Center Stage In The Senate

All You Need To Know About Senate Democrat Rhetoric On The Payroll Tax: Democrats openly acknowledge it [their legislation] is little more than a stunt to emphasize the vast policy divisions between the parties. The New York Times

Over At 1600: The White House Attempts To Spin Its Way Out Of Campaign Mode … No One’s Buying It

WaPo: It’s “Remarkable” The White House Claims The President Is Only Spending 5% Of His Time Campaigning … Considering He Is Spending Virtually All Of Today Campaigning. How much time is he focused on the campaign on a given day? Carney was asked at his daily briefing Tuesday. “On a given day? I can’t do it on a given day,” Carney replied. “I would say on a given week about 5 percent of his time.” Which is remarkable, considering the president is spending virtually all of Wednesday campaigning, or at least coming close. The Washington Post

Anything But Governance For President Obama. Warped by a sense of entitlement and self-aggrandizement, Obama refuses to take responsibility for finding practical solutions to problems. He prefers the glory of transformation rather than the roll-the-sleeves-up work of reform. When he can’t get his way, he appoints a czar and ignores Congress. Democracy is beneath him. He could have brokered a deficit deal, but doing so would have demolished his campaign slogan that Republicans are to blame for everything. Any deal would give him ownership of the results, and end the fiction that politics are beneath him. In fact, he’s all politics, all the time. His idea of bipartisanship is that everybody agrees with him. NY Post

Across The Aisle

Circular Firing Squad: Rhetoric Soars As Democrats Fight For Ranking Member Position On Financial Services Committee. A top ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee chastised maneuvers to replace Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) as the top Democrat on the panel as "circling a carcass like vultures." Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), the fourth-ranking Democrat on the committee, said in a terse statement Tuesday that lawmakers should be focused more on helping people, not moving up the committee food chain. … Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), the fourth-ranking Democrat on the committee, said in a terse statement Tuesday that lawmakers should be focused more on helping people, not moving up the committee food chain. … For his part, Frank said assigning committee spots by seniority was not a bad approach, but noted that other issues could be considered as well. But when asked by reporters, he opted not to weigh in on who should be his replacement. The Hill

Keeping Tabs

Educational Bipartisanship - Cantor, McDonnell, Warner, Webb, Allen and Kaine Joint Op-ed: It’s Time To Update Our Tax Policy and Rebuild Schools. With divided government in Washington, we need solutions that both parties can support. Here’s one: Republicans and Democrats agreed in 1986 on a private capital approach to modernize America’s oldest buildings. Congress authorized a federal rehabilitation tax credit, worth up to 20 percent of construction costs, for rehabilitating historic buildings. This policy has proved successful, except in one crucial category — older school buildings. Because of a limitation on using the tax credits for tax-exempt property, public schools cannot generally benefit from this. In addition, an Internal Revenue Service rule, known as “prior use,” generally prohibits private investors from earning this credit if they renovate an older school into a more modern public educational facility. This means that if a local school building is turned into a luxury condo, developers are eligible for federal tax credits. But if private interests invest to modernize an old school, the IRS says these tax credits are not available. … the limitations in current law effectively force localities to use the “borrow to build” approach — based on federally subsidized local government bonds. We have an important tradition of local control of education, but by denying local schools access to private capital to rejuvenate older buildings, we are increasing local costs. Those increased costs mean fewer local education dollars are available to improve classroom instruction and ensure our children have the educational resources they need. … we all support the Rehabilitation of Historic Schools Act, legislation that would eliminate this roadblock to school renovation and allow local governments to use the historic building rehabilitation tax credit. The legislation isn’t a silver bullet. But it is the only proposal before Congress to leverage private capital to help modernize our public schools. mThe national interest — not to mention the best interests of parents, children and teachers — is not served by allowing obscure provisions of current law to cost jobs and opportunities for students and private investors. This is a bipartisan jobs bill that could help make America more competitive while also expanding our economy. We hope our colleagues and the White House agree. Politico

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