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Pelosi Letter Requesting Ranking Members Call for Legislative Action on President Obama's Jobs Proposals

Washington, D.C. - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, in advance of President Obama's address to a Joint Session of Congress on the American Jobs Act, sent a letter today to the Democratic Ranking Member on each House Committee requesting that he or she “write to his or her respective chairman to schedule immediate hearings and legislative action on legislation proposed by the President that lies within the jurisdiction of the committee.”

Below is the full text of the letter:

September 8, 2011

Dear Colleague: 

When President Obama speaks to a Joint Session of Congress tonight, he will present a plan for jobs and economic growth.  We all look forward to the President's proposals and share a sense of the urgency that Congress act quickly and on a bipartisan basis to support the creation of jobs.

It is now 247 days since Republicans took control of Congress.  During those eight months, the Republican majority has not brought forward a single serious plan for the creation of jobs for the American people.  Democrats have offered at least ten initiatives on the House floor to generate jobs only to face unified Republican opposition that defeated each plan. 

The legislation proposed by the President comes as the deliberations of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction begin.   As you know, recommendations must be submitted by each House committee to the Joint Committee by October 14th.

I am requesting that each Democratic Ranking Member write to his or her respective chairman to schedule immediate hearings and legislative action on legislation proposed by the President that lies within the jurisdiction of the committee.  I am requesting that each Ranking Member send that letter by noon on Friday, September 9th. 

Thank you for your leadership.

best wishes,

NANCY PELOSI
Democratic Leader