Republicans pass new jobs bill in House; 16 jobs bills blocked by Senate Dems

Yesterday, the Republican-controlled United States House of Representatives passed yet another bipartisan  jobs bill by a whopping margin of 405-16, with only the most socialist Democrats refusing to vote for it.  Barack Obama  --  who by next year's election will have been campaigning for 19 straight months since he announced he would run for reelection on April 4th  --  is still robotically crying "Pass my jobs bill."

Instead of blaming Republicans, Obama needs to harass his Democrat-controlled Senate to pass at least some of the 16 jobs bills  --  including yesterday's 3% withholding tax repeal on job creators  --  which the House Republicans have sent over to the Senate and which are being blocked for partisan reasons by the Democrats. 

As "The Hill" newspaper reported today in an article entitled "GOP calls on Dems not to wait, back House-passed ‘jobs’ bills": "Republicans used their weekly address Saturday to press Senate Democrats and President Obama to support a series of House-passed bills that GOP officials say would boost job growth by scaling back regulations. Freshman Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.) said there has been some progress on bipartisan action to boost hiring, but not nearly enough."

Congressman Schilling "praised the overwhelming bipartisan House passage Thursday of legislation to repeal the requirement that governments at all levels withhold 3 percent of payments to government contractors, a bill that has White House support."   He was quoted in "The Hill," “Unfortunately, many of the jobs bills the House has passed are stuck in the Democratic-led Senate. We call these bills the ‘forgotten 15."

Congressman Schilling "sought to cast Obama and Democrats as out of touch with the needs of small business owners as he touted the GOP agenda and the 15 bills in particular. They were written after listening to the farmers, manufacturers and small businesspeople from around the country. A number of them have bipartisan support. Yet the Senate won’t give these bills a vote, and the president hasn’t called for action."

Immediately after passage of the "3% Withholding Tax Repeal" bill this week by the Republicans in the House of Representatives, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said this:  “Following the President’s most recent address to Congress, House Republicans expressed our willingness to find areas of common agreement. Speaker Boehner, Leader Cantor, Chairman Hensarling and I stated that we would look at our jobs plan and the President’s plan to find areas of commonality so we could bring legislation to the floor that would gain bipartisan support.

'Repealing what the IRS calls ‘the three percent withholding rule’ was one area of agreement between House Republicans and the President."

The following is a list of the 16 jobs bills passed by the Republicans in the House of Representatives, all of which are being blocked by the Democrat-controlled United States Senate:

  • "The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act" (H.R.872)
  • "The Energy Tax Prevention Act" (H.S.910)
  • "The Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act" (H.R.2018)
  • "Consumer Financial Protection & Soundness Improvement Act" (H.R.1315)
  • "Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act" (H.R.2587)
  • "Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation" (H.R.2401)
  • "Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act" (H.R.2681)
  • "EPA Regulatory Relief Act" (H.S.2250)
  • "Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act" (H.R.2273)
  • "Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act" (H.S.1230)
  • "Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act" (H.R.1229)
  • "Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act (H.R.1231)
  • "The Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011" (H.R.2021)
  • "North American-Made Energy Security Act" (H.R.1938)
  • "Disapproval of FCC's Net Neutrality Regulations" (H.J.Res.37)
  • "3% Withholding Tax Repeal" (H.R.674)


The rest of House Majority Whip McCarthy's statement is directly below:


McCarthy Statement on House Repeal of the Three Percent Withholding Tax

Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) released the following statement regarding House passage of the 3% Withholding Tax Repeal:

“Following the President’s most recent address to Congress, House Republicans expressed our willingness to find areas of common agreement. Speaker Boehner, Leader Cantor, Chairman Hensarling and I stated that we would look at our jobs plan and the President’s plan to find areas of commonality so we could bring legislation to the floor that would gain bipartisan support. Repealing what the IRS calls ‘the three percent withholding rule’ was one area of agreement between House Republicans and the President. 

“The three percent withholding rule is a lose-lose proposition that keeps much-needed capital tied up in bureaucratic red tape, instead of being used to expand businesses and hire new workers. For small businesses, nothing is as vital as their cash flow, and the cost of market entry for entrepreneurs is daunting already – adding unnecessary cost burdens on both defies commonsense. This money belongs to our job creators, not to Washington. Today’s bipartisan vote is a step in the right direction, and I hope Senate Democrats will pass this bill as soon as possible.”

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