Jobs and Economy: Who is Really Blocking Progress?

We constantly hear President Obama and the rest of the Democrats laying the blame on Republicans for the failure to pass any legislation to help the economy or create jobs.  They instantly blamed Republicans for the failure of the supercommittee when in reality both sides were equally unwilling to compromise on the issue of tax increases.

But who is really to blame for nothing getting accomplished in Congress?

To help answer this question, here is a list of measures that have been introduced by the Republican controlled House of Representatives along with their current status. Read through the list and then you tell me who is really to blame for not getting anything done to help the economy or create jobs considering that the Senate is controlled by the Democrats

According to the information provided below, you will see that there are 20 pieces of legislation that the Senate Democrats have not taken any action on as of yet.  The last item listed, the fiscal budget for 2012, the House Republicans passed their fiscal budget on April 15, 2011 while the Senate Democrats have yet to consider a fiscal budget for 2012.

Legislation to Help Small Businesses

Small business owners are being bogged down by burdensome regulations from Washington that prevent job creation and hinder economic growth. We must remove onerous regulations that are redundant, harm small businesses, and impede private sector investment and job creation. 

1.  H Res 72Review of Federal Regulations – Directing certain standing committees to inventory and review existing, pending, and proposed regulations and orders from agencies of the Federal Government, particularly with respect to their effect on jobs and economic growth.

 

 

2. H R 872 – Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011 To amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent  regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes.

 

 

3. H R 910Energy Tax Prevention Act – To amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change, and for other purposes.

 

 

4. H J Res 37 – Disapproval of FCC’s Net Neutrality Regulations – Disapproving the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission with respect to regulating the Internet and broadband industry practices.

 

 

5. H R 2018Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act – To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to preserve the authority of each State to make determinations relating to the State’s water quality standards, and for other purposes.

 

 


6. H R 1315 – Consumer Financial Protection & Soundness Improvement Act –
To amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to strengthen the review authority of the Financial Stability Oversight Council of regulations issued by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, to rescind the unobligated funding for the FHA Refinance Program and to terminate the program, and for other purposes.

 

 


7. H R 2587 – Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act –
To prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment under any circumstance.

 

 


8. H R 2401 – Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011 –
To require analyses of the cumulative and incremental impacts of certain rules and actions of the Environmental Protection Agency, and for other purposes.

 

 

9. H R 2681 – Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 – To provide additional time for the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to issue achievable standards for cement manufacturing facilities, and for other purposes.

 

 

10. H R 2250 – EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 – To provide additional time for the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to issue achievable standards for industrial, commercial, and institutional boilers, process heaters, and incinerators, and for other purposes.

 

 

11. H R 2273 – Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act – To amend subtitle D of the Solid Waste Disposal Act to facilitate recovery and beneficial use, and provide for the proper management and disposal, of materials generated by the combustion of coal and other fossil fuels.

 

 

Fix The Tax Code To Help Job Creators

America’s tax code has grown too complicated and cumbersome. We need a tax code that is flatter, fairer, and simpler to ensure that everyone pays their fair share, lessen the burden on families, generate economic expansion, and create jobs by making America more competitive. 

12. H R 4 – Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act of 2011 – To repeal the expansion of information reporting requirements for payments of $600 or more to corporations, and for other purposes.

 

 

13. H R 674 – 3% Withholding Repeal and Job Creation Act – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the imposition of 3 percent withholding on certain payments made to vendors by government entities, to modify the calculation of modified adjusted gross income for purposes of determining eligibility for certain healthcare-related programs, and for other purposes. [graphic begins and story continues below ad]

Increase Competitiveness for U.S. Manufacturers

14.  H R 3078 – United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act – To implement the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.

 

 

15. H R 3079 – United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act – To implement the United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement.

 

 

16. H R 3080 – United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act – To implement the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement.

 

 

17. H R 1904 – Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011 – To facilitate the efficient extraction of mineral resources in southeast Arizona by authorizing and directing an exchange of Federal and non-Federal land, and for other purposes.

 

 

Encourage Entrepreneurship and Growth

America’s tax code has grown too complicated and cumbersome. We need a tax code that is flatter, fairer, and simpler to ensure that everyone pays their fair share, lessen the burden on families, generate economic expansion, and create jobs by making America more competitive. 

18. H R 1249 – Leahy-Smith America Invents Act – To amend title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform.

 

 

19. H R 2433 – Veterans Opportunity to Work Act of 2011 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the laws relating to the employment and training of veterans, and for other purposes.

 

 

20. H R 1070 – Small Company Capital Formation Act of 2011 – To amend the Securities Act of 1933 to require the Securities and Exchange Commission to exempt a certain class of securities from such Act.

 

 

21. H R 1965 – Small Banks’ Access to Capital Act – To amend the securities laws to establish certain thresholds for shareholder registration, and for other purposes.

 

 

22. H R 2930 – Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act – To amend the securities laws to provide for registration exemptions for certain crowd funded securities, and for other purposes.

 

 

23. H R 2940 – Access to Capital for Job Creators Act – To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to eliminate the prohibition against general solicitation as a requirement for a certain exemption under Regulation D.

 

 

Maximize Domestic Energy Production

The more that American businesses export, the more they produce. The more businesses produce, the more workers they need. This means job creation. Expanding market access for U.S. made products will be a shot in the arm for businesses small and large and will create jobs. 

24. H R 1230 – Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act – To require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct certain offshore oil and gas lease sales, and for other purposes.

 

 

25. H R 1229 – Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act – To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to facilitate the safe and timely production of American energy resources from the Gulf of Mexico, to require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct certain offshore oil and gas lease sales, and for other purposes.

 

 

26. H R 1231 – Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act – To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require that each 5-year offshore oil and gas leasing program offer leasing in the areas with the most prospective oil and gas resources, to establish a domestic oil and natural gas production goal, and for other purposes.

 

 

27. H R 2021 – Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011 – To amend the Clean Air Act regarding air pollution from Outer Continental Shelf activities.

 

 

28. H R 1938 – North American-Made Energy Security Act – To direct the President to expedite the consideration and approval of the construction and operation of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and for other purposes.

 

 

Pay Down America’s Unsustainable Debt Burden

The federal government is spending and borrowing so much that the United States will soon go broke. Washington’s spending binge has put our nation in debt, eroded economic confidence, and caused massive uncertainty for private sector job creators. It’s time to live within our means. 

29. H Con Res 34 – Budget for Fiscal Year 2012 – Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2012 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2013 through 2021.

References

GeoffDavis.House.Gov/JobTracker

GovTrack.us/Congress/Bill