The GOP Republican controlled House also voted against several job creation bills proposed by Democrats.
- An American jobs effort to end government contracts rewarding corporations that ship American jobs overseas.
- Build America Bonds to Create Jobs Now Act-leveraging public dollars to strengthen the private sector, growing US economy by rebuilding America’s schools, hospitals, and transit projects, support by American businesses, the construction industry, majors and governors.
- American Jobs Matter Act-to give preference in Federal contracts to U. S. Manufacturers that create jobs at home.
- National Manufacturing Strategy Act that calls on the President to lay out a plan to help ensure American manufacturers can compete, grow, and thrive.
- Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing Technology Act to help ensure the cars of the future are built in the U. S.
- Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act to provide our government with effective tools to address unfair currency manipulation by countries like China, which could help create 1 million American manufacturing jobs.
One of the first things John Boehner said after assuming leadership of the House was, “As you heard me say last night, we are humbled by the trust that the American people have place in us and we recognize this is a time for us to roll up our sleeves and go to work on the people’s priorities: creating jobs, cutting spending and reforming the way Congress does its business. It’s not just what the American people are demanding—it’s what they are expecting from us.” The only promise Boehner has delivered is on reforming the way Congress does its business and he has been extremely successful. Instead of a functioning House that Pelosi led, it is now a non-functioning House under Boehner. This non-functioning House has not passed one bill to create jobs and I don’t believe they have any interest in creating jobs because a prosperous economy would virtually assure the reelection of Barack Obama.
This past September 2012, President Obama submitted the Americans Jobs Act to the Congress. This fully paid Bill is expected to add 1.5 million jobs to a distressed U.S. economy. The day after the President’s announcement about the Americans Job Act, House Speaker John Boehner and other top House Republicans offered measured praise for President Obama’s plan, sending a letter to the president saying his (Obama’s) “ideas merit consideration by the Congress, and (GOP leaders) believe the American people expect them to be given such consideration.” However, once the legislation was submitted, Majority Leader Cantor announced that the bill was “dead” on arrival. I guess the Tea Party Republicans put their foot down.
On October 12, 2011, Senate Majority Leader Reid put the Americans Jobs Act up for a vote. With the help of two Democratic senators, Ben Nelson and Jon Tester, the Senate Bill that passed with a majority helped to block a motion for debate and vote on the president’s Bill. In other words, even though the Bill passed with a majority, a Republican filibuster prevented the Bill from debate. The President stated that, “[E]ven though a majority of senators voted in favor of the American Jobs Act, a Republican minority got together as a group and blocked this jobs bill from passing the Senate.”
On October 13, 2011, the House got back to work on one of its “most important pieces of legislation.” With a vote of 248 to 173 including 11 Democrats joining all Republicans, the House moved forward on a bill that would prohibit federal funds from going toward any health care plan that covers abortion services, putting the chamber on track to pass its first major abortion-rights measure since May 2011. In addition to blocking federal funding of health care plans that cover abortion services, the bill, authored by Republican Joe Pitts and known as the “Protect Life Act,” would prevent funds from being withheld from health care institutions that are opposed to providing abortions. “It’s appalling,” House Minority Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said at a news conference, arguing that “women can die on the floor and health care providers do not have to intervene if this bill is passed.” “America’s families deserve better than this and again, today is another example of a wasted opportunity instead of taking up even an aspect of the president’s jobs bill that could create jobs,” she continued.“
Democratic Representative Alcee Hastings called the measure “a deeply flawed and deeply divisive bill that will not pass the Senate and will be vetoed if it reaches the president’s desk.” “Let’s be serious here. Republicans have yet to pass one single jobs bill… The Protect Life Act is unnecessary and clearly is politically motivated,” he said. “Republicans are resorting to their old bag of tricks and pulling the abortion card in order to distract from their clear lack of leadership.”
It seems to me that Senate Minority Leader McConnell is making good on the Republican Party’s number one priority to deny President Obama a second term. Republicans have absolutely no intention to pass legislation that would put Americans back to work. I believe that for any political party to hold America hostage especially in time of crisis is not only wrong, but un-American, but that’s just my take.
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