Issue Reports

November 2, 2011
It’s been over 300 days since Republicans took control of the House majority and pledged to focus on growing the economy and creating jobs. While Republicans have repeatedly claimed they are focused on jobs, a look at their calendar paints a different picture:
October 31, 2011
Today marks 300 days since Republicans took control of the House majority and pledged to focus on Americans’ top concerns: growing the economy and creating jobs. But after 300 days, Republicans have taken little action to help put Americans back to work and still do not have a comprehensive plan. While children across the country dress as ghosts and goblins for trick or treating on Halloween night, Republicans are busy dressing up their partisan ideas as jobs bills, leaving the American people with plenty of tricks but no treats.
October 26, 2011
Rather than work with Democrats on bipartisan bills that are fully paid for and would help put more Americans back to work, Republicans insist on pursuing a partisan agenda. Now, they are urging Members to use a new pocket card to talk about their so-called “forgotten fifteen” jobs bills.
October 25, 2011
As President Obama said yesterday, we can’t wait. It’s time for Republicans to put country before party, and take action on these bills to help put more Americans back to work, grow our economy and help ensure more middle class families can succeed.
October 11, 2011
This week, House Republicans are bringing two partisan bills to the Floor that don’t create jobs, and instead are focused on advancing their ideological agenda. And according to economists, GOP economic proposals like rolling back regulations won’t help our economy in the near-term or create jobs.
October 4, 2011
With no comprehensive jobs plan and little action taken to help put more Americans back to work, Republicans signaled willingness in September to find common ground on job creation after hearing from their constituents over August that they wanted to see bipartisan cooperation.
September 30, 2011
As the fiscal year comes to an end today, it’s time for a fiscal new year’s resolution to bring down our nation’s deficit in a balanced way and restore fiscal responsibility. Democrats are committed to deficit reduction, and it will require tough choices for both parties as well as shared sacrifice by all Americans.
September 23, 2011
One year ago today, the Affordable Care Act’s “Patient’s Bill of Rights” went into effect, putting families, not insurance companies, in control of their health care and providing new health care freedoms for everyone from children to young adults to seniors.
September 20, 2011
During Hispanic Heritage Month, we are reminded of the important contributions of the Latino community to our economy while at the same time we reflect on the fact that the Latino community has been one of the hardest hit communities by the recession. Democrats are committed to addressing this challenge by focusing on the Make It In America plan – a plan to support job creation by revitalizing American innovation and industry, rebuilding our communities and investing in education and our workforce.
September 20, 2011
The deficit reduction plan put forward by the President is a balanced approach to reduce the deficit, create jobs, strengthen entitlement programs and ensure that all Americans pay their fair share. But rather than work with Democrats on a balanced plan, Republicans immediately rejected the President’s proposal because it calls on all Americans to do their part. By opposing a plan that asks the wealthy to pay their fair share, Republicans will be forced to answer the question: Who do they stand with?
September 13, 2011
With President Obama sending the American Jobs Act to Congress on Monday, we here in the Democratic Whip Press Office thought we would take a look back at Congressional Republicans’ words and votes on many of the ideas central to President Obama’s proposal.
September 7, 2011
House Republicans have been on recess for 246 days – with no jobs plan and little action taken to help put more Americans back to work. And unfortunately, the schedule they have outlined for the Fall still doesn’t lay out any meaningful action on jobs. Democrats, on the other hand, are committed to taking action on Americans’ top priorities.
August 10, 2011
While Republicans have not put forward a comprehensive jobs agenda after eight months in the majority, Democrats are focused on supporting job creation through the Make It In America plan – a plan to promote job creation by providing an environment for businesses to innovate and make products here in the U.S., which will help more families Make It In America.
August 5, 2011
After more than 200 days in the majority, House Republicans have taken little action on jobs and have still not put forward a comprehensive jobs agenda. Meanwhile, Democrats have been focused on our Make It In America plan – a 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 families Make It In America. The Make It In America plan is an agenda that both Democrats and Republicans can, and have, supported. But rather than work with us on our plan to revitalize American industry and create well-paying, middle-class jobs, Republicans have focused on passing bills that support their partisan agenda rather than actually helping create jobs and grow the economy.
July 27, 2011
With less than a week until possible default, Speaker Boehner and House Republicans continue to advocate for a debt limit proposal that does not solve the problem; instead, it kicks the can down the road and does not give our economy the certainty it needs. Republicans often argue that we must give the business community certainty so that we can create jobs and grow the economy. But instead of working with Democrats on a long-term, balanced solution to pay our bills and reduce the deficit, Republicans are holding our economy hostage to their short-term proposal that will fail in the Senate.
July 22, 2011
When Republicans took the House majority, they pledged to focus on creating jobs and growing the economy. But after 200 days, Republicans have only passed one jobs bill—the patent reform bill, which is part of Democrats’ Make It In America agenda to support invention and innovation in our economy. But one jobs bill is not enough to help the millions of Americans still out of work. Republicans have still not put forward a comprehensive jobs agenda.
July 19, 2011
Today, Republicans are wasting time on their “Cut, Cap and End Medicare” bill, bringing it to the House Floor for a symbolic vote, despite the fact that it is expected to fail in the Senate and the President will veto it. While Democrats are calling on Republicans to act quickly to enact a large agreement to reduce the deficit and ensure America pays its bills, Republicans are pressing forward with an extreme proposal that increases our chances of default and is the Republican budget all over again: it ends Medicare and drastically cuts Medicaid, while preserving tax breaks for the wealthy.
July 15, 2011
As Republicans continue to walk away from an opportunity to seriously address the deficit and give businesses certainty, Democrats are calling on the GOP to take responsibility for the debt they helped create and work with us on a big, comprehensive agreement to ensure America pays its bills and restore America’s fiscal health. Democrats believe we must reduce the deficit with a balanced, comprehensive package that includes both revenues and spending cuts.
July 12, 2011
Yesterday, Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor argued that the fact that they are considering an increase in the debt limit is a concession, as both parties try to negotiate a large, comprehensive agreement to reduce the deficit and ensure America pays its bills. Ensuring America pays its bills isn’t a concession—it’s their responsibility. After all, their own budget, which nearly every Republican voted for, raises the debt limit and it was their policies that created most of our debt.
July 12, 2011
This week, Republicans backed away from negotiating a larger, comprehensive agreement to reduce the deficit and ensure America pays its bills. Instead, Republicans are choosing less deficit reduction, despite the fact that they argue deficit reduction is critical to boosting the economy and creating jobs and identified it as a top priority in their Pledge to America.
July 5, 2011
Over the past six months, Republicans have held our economy hostage by suggesting America may not pay its bills. But before they were against it, Republicans strongly supported action to ensure we pay our nation’s bills.
June 30, 2011
Republicans took the House majority six months ago and have done little to live up to the promises in their Pledge to America.
June 30, 2011
Since launching the Medicare program on July 1, 1966, Democrats have fought to improve health care security for America’s seniors by ensuring reliable and affordable health care coverage. For forty-five years, Medicare’s guaranteed set of benefits and affordable premiums have improved health care coverage and quality of life for seniors substantially.