Weekly Columns

Jobs Bills Need Senate Action

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Washington, December 7, 2011 | comments

As we near the year’s end, we continue to see procrastination on behalf of Senate Democrats. To date, the Senate has failed to pass a budget and refuses to even consider 27 jobs bills that were passed in the House. Now more than ever, hardworking American taxpayers need leadership, and that means leaders who will follow through on creating jobs and growing the economy.

Republicans are continuing to pass legislation that promotes job growth.  House Committees are working hard to pass measures to ensure that businesses can hire again.  At week’s end, the House will have sent 27 jobs bills to the Senate with not one being considered.  It’s time to stop playing politics and start working together to lay the groundwork for future economic growth.

If we want an economic recovery, Congress needs to pass legislation that will eliminate wasteful spending, lower the deficit and repeal regulations that are stifling job growth.  That is why I voted for the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, or REINS Act – which proposes commonsense, pro-growth policies to give small businesses and entrepreneurs renewed confidence in our economy and to remove Washington as the roadblock to job creation.  Specifically, the bill will rein in runaway federal regulations by requiring congressional approval for any federal regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more.

Since failing to pass their flawed cap-and-trade legislation, the administration has been using the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to implement new harmful regulations and energy taxes through the backdoor.  That is why the House will consider the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act (H.R. 1633), which removes the threat of excessive farm dust regulations that threaten American farmers, ranchers, and small business job creators. These burdensome regulations will ultimately kill jobs, stop economic growth and raise the cost of energy, food and transportation.

From the rising costs families and businesses are facing because of the new health care law, to Congress’ failure to fix the Medicare’s payment formulas, legislation needs to pass that addresses these important issues.  Instead of cutting $500 billion from Medicare for a new entitlement program, we should have used those funds to ensure Medicare patients have the best access to care.  Without a fix, there will be cuts in reimbursements to their physicians, which is likely to reduce their access to care.

Last, but certainly not least, today we remember the Pearl Harbor attacks that happened 70 years ago.  I commend those who so bravely serve our country, and mourn with those who lost loved ones during the horrible attack. I honor our service members for their love of country, patriotism and their willingness to serve.  Please also pray for those who are on the front lines who are fighting to protect our freedom.

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