In the Weekly Republican Address, Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown discusses the bipartisan approach to job creation.
Sen. Brown says, "With millions of Americans looking for jobs -- it's no mystery what our priority should be here in Washington. We should be doing all that we can to help this economy start creating jobs again -- and we should be doing it right now. Working to create jobs is one of those challenges that tests us here in Congress."
"[U]nfortunately," he says, "too many Americans have spent months looking for a job and still can't find one. The reality is that we should make a difference here and now, with legislation that could be passed immediately. Now I know this can happen, because both parties have already found some common ground in economic policy for example. Just a few weeks ago, we passed free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama. These agreements show what bipartisanship can accomplish. They were negotiated by President Bush ... passed by a Republican House and a Democratic Senate ... and signed into law by President Obama. Yes, it took us a lot longer than it should have, but after some give and take, we finally got it done. And just like that, we set in motion a big change that is going to create thousands of jobs in Massachusetts and all across America."
Now, Sen. Brown says, "another bipartisan opportunity is staring us right in the face. It's a jobs bill I introduced back in January. And far from being just my idea, it's the only jobs bill on the table that has the support of majorities in the House and the Senate, and also has been endorsed by the President. This bill would repeal the 3 percent withholding mandate -- it's a stealth tax that will hit small businesses and contractors starting in 2013. If this mandate is not repealed, then all levels of government will suddenly start withholding 3 percent of payments to contractors that provide any product or service to the government. Now, all the mandate will do is, is take more money out of our economy at a time when quite frankly we can least afford it. And as a result, businesses will have less money to hire and pay new workers. The costs of enforcing this unfunded mandate will actually be higher than the revenue it raises by almost eight to one; now only in Washington does this make sense; listen, it's a job killer."
Sen. Brown points out that this bipartisan bill "was passed by the House last week with an overwhelming 405 votes. Now it's come to the Senate. So the decision pretty much rests with Majority Leader Harry Reid. Are we going to do something for the American people, or are we going to let politics win out again?"
He concludes, "Leader Reid has come to me a few times and asked me to consider bills on their merits, and I'm always willing to do so. And now I'm asking the same of my colleague, the Majority Leader. This jobs bill comes at the right time, for the right reasons, and it deserves a prompt vote on the Senate floor, without any gimmicks that will delay or jeopardize passage, so the President can sign it into law right away. . . . This jobs bill, if we move it forward, can be followed by many more that can do even greater good. So hey, let's start here. Let's get this economy creating jobs once again, and show that we can come together when it's needed most."
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on the Senate floor Thursday regarding the two infrastructure votes this afternoon.
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.
Senate Republicans urged Democrats and the president to abandon the president's failed economic policies -- policies that even some Democrats now oppose -- and work with Republicans on bills that both Republicans and Democrats can support.
Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on the Senate floor Wednesday regarding his call for Senate Democrats and the President to work with Republicans on bipartisan proposals that can help create jobs:
Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on the Senate floor Monday regarding his call for Senate Democrats and the President to work with Republicans on bipartisan proposals that can create jobs:
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."