Senators John Thune, John Barrasso, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Rob Portman and Representatives Diane Black and Bill Flores held a press conference this morning to call for Senate action on the jobs bills -- known as the "Forgotten 15" -- the House of Representatives has passed as part of Republicans' efforts to make it easier and cheaper to create private-sector jobs. All of the "Forgotten 15" jobs bills passed the House with bipartisan support and are opportunities for common ground on job creation.

Of late, the president has spent his time defending his economic policies and blaming others for our struggling economy, but even members of his own party think that the president's economic proposals have failed. Instead of the same old costly, temporary, and government-heavy solutions proposed yet again by the president, Congress needs to focus on freeing up the private sector to create jobs by reducing taxes, lowering the deficit, and eliminating burdensome government regulations.

In the Weekly Republican Address, North Carolina Senator Richard Burr contrasts President Obama's call for more Washington spending with Republicans' proposals to get government out of the way of job creators.

Sen. Burr says, "Some in Washington, including the President, are suggesting that we simply spend more money. We've already tried that - it did not spur job growth then, and it won't now. The American people realize that this is not about how much money Washington can spend. It's about getting government out of the way and creating the climate for growth and jobs."

He explains, "The President has even ignored the suggestions of his own commission. Rather than implement even a single one of the strategic reforms and investments suggested by Simpson-Bowles, we continue to ignore our fiscal problems and focus only on spending more money and expanding the size of the federal government. This lack of fiscal discipline is unsustainable and cannot continue -- you know it, and I know it. The longer we kick the can down the road, the more difficult it will be to address our real problems and spur real job growth."

"Fortunately, Sen. Burr says, "there is an alternative to the President's approach. While some in Washington are focused on creating more government jobs, Republicans want to drive job creation in the private sector.

"We have a jobs proposal that would:
1. Simplify and stabilize the tax code
2. Rein in government regulations
3. Cap spending and reduce budget deficits
4. Propose common sense healthcare solutions
5. Encourage domestic energy development
6. Create a competitive workforce, and
7. Increase exports

The American people deserve a debate on these issues. Our proposal is simple, and it makes it easier for businesses to thrive, grow, and hire."

He concludes, "Despite ideological differences, many of these proposals -- such as tax reform, regulatory reform, and increased trade opportunities - have the support of Republicans and Democrats. There is bipartisan agreement on the need to fundamentally reform our tax code to make it simpler, more fair, and more predictable for all Americans and job creators. The American people are hurting, and our economy is in grave danger. It's time for Congress to focus on the American people and not how difficult change might be."