More Harry Reid Schemes in This Week's U.S. Senate Schedule

Note the following email from the Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's office regarding the schedule today and for the balance of the week and possibly the rest of November.  The Democrats' Majority Leader, Harry Reid from Nevada, continues to play games with American workers. 
 
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has sent 20 different jobs bills over to the United States Senate; most of which passed with very large margins in the House.  Yet, the Democrats in the Senate refuse to vote on every single one of them.  They even could not agree on having a vote on Barack Obama's 2nd gargantuan "stimulus" bill; a half-TRILLION dollar monstrosity. 
 
No wonder some Democrat Senators  --  especially the large number up for reelection next year  --  do not want to vote for the Obama "jobs" bill.  Obama's nearly TRILLION "stimulus" bill which passed during the first year of his administration was an utter failure in creating jobs and stimulating the American economy. 
 
The House of Representatives passed a "3% withholding" bill  --  by a margin of 404-16 on October 27th  --  which will especially help small businesses and create more jobs. It will repeal the 3% withholding for government contractors. But Democrat Leader Harry Reid is up to his old schemes. 
 
Reid wants to add some "Mom's apple pie" to the House bill, i.e. some transition assistance, employer credits for hiring veterans, and job training programs, something we Vietnam veterans got none of; just scorn from half of the American population; the anti-war half.  Veterans need to sacrifice like all other Americans.  Disabled veterans, on the other hand, need whatever help we can give them. 
 
Harry Reid and his Senate Democrats need to pass H.R. 674, the "3% withholding" bill NOW, and forget about their incessant politicking and send the Republican jobs bill   --  which even Obama supports since this legislation was in his new 1/2 trillion dollar "stimulus" bill    --  to Obama for his signature.
 
Directly below is the Senate schedule and the Senate floor statement today by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell from Kentucky: 

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The Senate convened at 2:00 pm today and will be in Morning Business until 5:00 pm.  As you know, Leader Reid filed cloture on H.R.674, the House-passed 3% withholding bill (which is identical to the text of S.1762, a bill introduced by Senator Brown (R-MA)).  Note Leader Reid may have an amendment related to delinquent taxpayers.  We also anticipate he will attempt to amend the 3% bill with a Veterans bill, the text of which we do not have but will send as soon as we get it.  We think the package will include transition assistance, employer credits for hiring veterans, and job training programs.  At 5:30 pm today, we will vote on cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.674.  

Upon completion of the 3% bill, it is unclear what legislative vehicle Leader Reid will turn to; however, we think we could begin debate as early as Wednesday on the following two CRA Resolutions of Disapproval:

·         S.J. Res.6, the FCC Internet and Broadband Resolution of Disapproval (four hours of debate followed by a vote on the motion to proceed); and

·         S.J. Res.27, the EPA Cross-border Air Pollution Resolution of Disapproval (two hours of debate followed by a vote on the motion to proceed).


We also locked in a UC for 15 minutes of debate on Executive Calendar #405, Evan Jonathan Wallach, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit followed by a vote on confirmation at a time to be determined.

Leader McConnell continues to push for consideration of DoD Authorization.         

Other items which are possible for the November work period include:  CR (current CR expires 11/18), Balanced Budget Amendment, Nominations, additional stimulus proposals, and H.R.2354, the vehicle for the next minibus which includes Energy and Water, Financial Services, and State/Foreign Operations.

The House of Representatives is in recess this week, November 7th-11th. 

Let’s Work Together On a Jobs Bill That We Can Pass

‘For nearly three years, President Obama has demanded that we pass massive legislation he knows Republicans have problems with. What we’re saying is, let’s start with things that have bipartisan support, that we know can pass, instead.  Since Republicans control the House and Democrats control the Senate we’re not likely to agree on the big, partisan stuff. But there are a lot of other job-creating measures we can agree on.  Let’s focus on them. Let’s work together on the things we can all agree on, just like we did last month on trade agreements.’

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 help create jobs:

“For the past three years, President Obama and Democrat leaders in Congress have spent most of their time pushing policies that undermine the private sector.

“They may have good intentions, but the fact is, they made a bad economy worse.

“Unemployment has now stood above 9 percent for more consecutive months than in any other period since WWII.  And there are now more than a million fewer jobs in this country than when the President’s first stimulus bill was signed into law.

“So the American people gave the President a chance to do something about jobs and the economy, and he failed. 

“That’s why, last year, the American people put Republicans in charge of the House of Representatives, so they could try a different approach. And that’s just what they’ve done.

“For nearly a year now, House Republicans have been following through on their pledge to put Americans back to work by passing bill after bill aimed at helping businesses create jobs.

“The problem is, every time Republicans pass one of these bills over in the House, Democrats here in the Senate refuse to take it up. The Democrats who run the Senate are just letting all these bills die.

“Some people want to know why this is happening. They want to know why the Senate won’t take these bills up.

“Well, the answer is pretty simple.

“President Obama and his political advisors have put out the word that they don’t want Congress to get anything done around here until after next year’s election, so the President can go around on a bus and blame Congress for the country’s problems. And Democrats in the Senate are lining right up behind him.

“They’re doing the President’s bidding.

“But that’s not stopping Republicans in the House from doing the work they were elected to do.

“And it’s not going to keep the Republican minority here in the Senate from calling on Democrats to act.

“To date, House Republicans have passed more than 20 pieces of legislation designed to do two things: make it easier for small businesses to create jobs and pass on a broad bipartisan basis.

“Last week, I highlighted 15 such bills the House already passed that Senate Democrats should take up. This week, Senate Republicans will highlight several additional such bills the House passed last week.

“We’re going to keep talking about these bills until Senate Democrats realize there’s no reason we shouldn’t take them up, pass them on a bipartisan basis, and actually do something on jobs around here.

“For nearly three years, President Obama has demanded that we pass massive legislation he knows Republicans have problems with. What we’re saying is, let’s start with things that have bipartisan support, that we know can pass, instead.

“Since Republicans control the House and Democrats control the Senate we’re not likely to agree on the big, partisan stuff. But there are a lot of other job-creating measures we can agree on.

"Let’s focus on them. Let’s work together on the things we can all agree on, just like we did last month on trade agreements.

“Here’s just one example out of many: last week, the House passed a bill called the Small Company Capital Formation Act, H.R. 1070. It got 421 votes, including 183 Democrats.

“Only one person in the House voted against this bill.

“Here’s a jobs bill that’s about as popular as Mother’s Day. There’s no reason not to pass it in the Senate right now.

“Right now, promising businesses aren’t going public because they simply can’t afford the high cost of managing the mountain of government paperwork they’re required to under current law. So instead of going out there and raising money to grow and hire, they’re holding back. They’re not expanding or hiring.

“We recently heard from the CEO of a pharmaceutical company in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, who said private companies like his are at a major disadvantage if they come up promising new drugs. He’s got at least one such promising new drug in the pipeline for chronic kidney disease, but can’t take it to the next level.

“If firms like this want to expand and hire, they need to be able to raise capital from investors so they don’t go into debt. But current law keeps them from doing so because of all the regulatory burdens that come along with it. Well, I think we should be removing barriers to growth for companies like this one. And 183 Democrats in the House agree with me.

“President Obama supports the idea too. He said so in his speech to a joint session of Congress back in September.

“So this bill is as bipartisan as it gets.

“The only thing standing in the way right now is Senate Democrats. They just won’t take yes for an answer.

“But it’s only a matter of time before the American people catch on to the Democrats’ refusal to act. And once they do, Republicans will be ready with a long and growing list of bipartisan bills that have already passed the House and that we believe the President of the United States would sign.

“Let’s not delay any longer.

“Let’s stop the games.

“Let’s do the work we were sent here to do.”

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