8 Months, No Jobs Plan From Republicans

For Immediate Release:

August 31, 2011

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Katie GrantDaniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

Since taking the House majority, Republicans have said they will make job creation and growing the economy their top priorities. But after eight months, they still do not have a jobs plan. Rather than put forward a plan to help get more Americans back to work, Republicans continue to promote proposals that are more about ideology than job creation.

While Republicans Pursue A “No Jobs” Agenda:
In January, Republicans said job creation was their top priority. But instead, they passed a Rules package that paved the way to add nearly $5 trillion to the deficit, and a spending bill that economists predicted would cost hundreds of thousands of jobs.
A few months later Republicans tried to change their rhetoric so they could appear to be focused on job creation. But rather than taking action on jobs, they instead focused on repealing the Affordable Care Act, taking away patient's rights and putting insurance companies back in control of American’s health care.
After voting for a budget that ends Medicare and raises health care costs for seniors, Republicans unveiled a “more-of-the-same” agenda that repackaged past policies and wasn’t focused on jobs.
In June, Republicans claimed their Floor schedule over the summer would focus on jobs, but a memo outlining their agenda was thin on jobs action. Instead of helping put more Americans back to work, Republicans passed the Cut, Cap and End Medicare Bill, an extreme proposal that increased our chance of default and would have ended Medicare, while preserving tax breaks for the wealthy.
Leader Cantor has outlined the Floor schedule for the Fall. Instead of a jobs plan, it includes blocking 8 EPA regulations that don’t even exist yet and rolling back critical protections for our air and water. This “more-of-the-same” agenda is focused more on ideology than job creation.
Democrats Are Focused On Our “Make It In America” Plan:
While Republicans do not have a jobs plan, Democrats are focused on our Make It In America plan to support job creation by providing an environment for businesses to innovate and make products here in the U.S., which will help more middle-class families Make It In America.

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