300 Days, 7 Claims On Jobs, Yet No Jobs Plan

In addition to marking 300 days since House Republicans took the majority – and still haven’t put forward a jobs plan – today also marks the seventh time GOP leaders have tried to change their message to appear they’ve been focused on jobs. But changing their story seven times doesn’t mean they’ve come up with a comprehensive jobs plan, even though they’ve had 300 days to take action:
Claim They’ll Focus on Jobs #1

Last September: Republicans designated job creation as their first priority in their Pledge to America: A plan to create jobs, end economic uncertainty, and make America more competitive must be the first and most urgent domestic priority of our government. So first, we offer a plan to get people working again.”

Claim They’ll Focus on Jobs #2   

March: Republicans tried to take steps to show they are focused on job creation. “Under fire for focusing heavily on cutting spending rather than stimulating job creation, House Republicans are taking new steps to emphasize their efforts to spur hiring, including a jobs forum with business leaders to be held in the Capitol next week.”  [NY Times, 03/09/11]
Claim They’ll Focus on Jobs #3
May: Trying to change the subject after feeling the heat at home over their budget that ends Medicare, Republicans unveiled a more-of-the-same jobs agenda. It was poorly received as “a repackaging of policies they have long advocated” and contained “few, if any, new ideas.”
Claim They’ll Focus on Jobs #4
June: In a memo to House Republicans, Majority Leader Cantor claimed that the Floor schedule this summer will focus on economic growth. While there is bipartisan support for patent reform, the memo is very thin on jobs action.
Claim They’ll Focus on Jobs #5
August: In a memo on the fall schedule, Majority Leader Cantor unveiled a more-of-the-same agenda that isn’t a plan to create jobs, and was viewed as another retread of past policies that are more about ideology than about job creation.  “House Republicans have laid out their fall jobs agenda, and it mostly revolves around killing environmental and labor regulations... For good measure, they’re also planning another round of attacks on the health care reform law… Republicans seem particularly focused on overturning EPA regulations – some that haven’t been finalized or even proposed.” [Politico, 08/21/11
Claim They’ll Focus on Jobs #6
September: Leader Cantor admitted that Republicans haven’t been focused since taking the majority and said the House will now focus on jobs: “Republicans have refocused their agenda after what amounted to a six-month political brawl over federal spending. They insist that they never lost sight of the second half of their ‘cut-and-grow’ agenda… But the push to slash spending in the 2011 budget battle and the debt-limit fight dominated the conversation in Washington.” [The Hill, 09/12/11]
Claim They’ll Focus on Jobs #7
October: Today marks 300 Days since House Republicans took the majority, and they still aren’t focused on jobs. Instead of putting forward a comprehensive jobs plan, Republicans are trying out “a new jobs narrative,” according to a Roll Call article. Unfortunately for them, it’s not their narrative that’s the problem. Rather than working on their message, it’s time for Republicans to abandon their partisan bills that won’t create jobs and work with Democrats on jobs bills that are paid-for and include proposals that they’ve supported in the past.
After 300 days of GOP inaction on jobs, it’s time for Republicans to work with Democrats on the American Jobs Act and our Make It In America plan – but with seven suspensions on the Floor and no jobs bills to be seen this week, we can’t count on it.