Despite our struggling economy, President Obama has repeatedly opposed measures to encourage job creation, reduce energy prices, and spur economic growth. Now the president's National Labor Relations Board has put forward a measure which will make it even more difficult to create jobs - a new rule to allow unions to hold last-minute union organizing elections. The new rule would restrict employers' free speech rights and limit employees' access to information. The rule is bad news for employees and bad news for businesses, but unfortunately it's all too typical for the Obama economy.
The president's spending policies have put our economy on an unsustainable path and ensured a legacy of debt for our children and grandchildren. Meanwhile, American families are struggling under the burden of high energy prices and a sluggish economy. Republicans are committed to spurring economic growth by cutting spending, reforming our tax code, and eliminating burdensome government regulations. Republicans are also committed to lowering energy prices and increasing our energy security by developing more American sources of energy.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) delivers the Weekly Republican Address, calling for the Administration and Senate Democrats to quit blocking bipartisan solutions to the high unemployment numbers and increasing gas prices. Senator Blunt says "jobs, jobs, and jobs should be the number one, two and three domestic priorities of the federal government and that the shortest path to more American jobs is more American energy."

Sen. Blunt says, "[f]uel costs are on track to hit an average of $4 a gallon by summertime—that's more than double what they cost when President Obama took office, and it marks a record high for the last two months. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised. As a candidate, the President said, that energy costs, his quote, he said, 'would necessarily skyrocket' under his plan. Well that's probably one promise the American people wish he hadn't kept."

He concludes, "the administration continues to block the Keystone XL Pipeline—that's the nation's largest shovel-ready project, no taxpayer money involved, it would create thousands of American jobs and deliver more than 800,000 barrels of oil a day to our refineries from our best trading partner and our closest neighbor, Canada—all without costing taxpayers. The Keystone Pipeline is one common-sense step in the right direction to help put more people back to work, reduce prices at the pump, and position our nation for greater energy security now and in the future. Jobs, jobs, and jobs should be the number one, two and three domestic priorities of the federal government. The shortest path to more American jobs is more American energy."

The Senate missed an opportunity to make real progress in reducing the nation's unsustainable debt, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who expressed disappointment that members will not be able to work on, amend, or vote on a budget in the Senate Budget Committee today. The budget markup was suspended due to pressure from the majority leader and his caucus.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today spoke on Fox News Business about the 10 year anniversary of the Senate vote that blocked the opening of ANWR. The excuse cited by most was that it would take 10 years to get the oil to market.

U.S. Senator John Thune speaks at a press conference on the Senate Budget Committee Chairman's decision to essentially cancel a planned budget committee markup and instead only allow opening statements with no amendments and no votes. Thune likened the process to a dog and pony show--without the dog and pony.