By the Numbers: 273 Days of the Republican Do-Nothing Jobs Agenda
Today marks the 273rd day of Republican control of the House of Representatives. In 273 days, they have not passed a single bill to create jobs. Instead, House Republicans have repeatedly voted to end Medicare (while providing tax breaks to Big Oil and companies that ship jobs overseas), passed legislation that destroys nearly 2 million jobs (that’s 10,000 jobs lost every day), and pointlessly manufactured crisis after crisis–creating economic uncertainty and hurting small businesses and the middle class.
BY THE NUMBERS: HOUSE REPUBLICANS
273: Number of days House Republicans have been in charge
2 Million: Jobs potentially destroyed under GOP bills
0: GOP jobs bills
15: Times House Republicans have voted against Democratic jobs legislation
3: Times House Republicans have voted to end Medicare and protect tax breaks for Big Oil, millionaires and corporations shipping jobs overseas
4: Times House Republicans have brought our nation to the brink, creating economic uncertainty
JOB DESTROYING BILLS PASSED BY HOUSE REPUBLICANS
Republican Budget (H.Con.Res. 34) – Ends Medicare to pay for tax breaks for Big Oil, millionaires and corporations shipping jobs overseas, while slashing key investments in our economic future like education, college aid, life-saving medical research, infrastructure, and clean energy. Cost: 1.7 million American jobs by 2014, with 900,000 jobs lost next year, according to Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.
2nd Vote on GOP Budget – House Republicans doubled down on ending Medicare by passing a Rule on the Homeland Security Appropriations bill which “deems” as passed that the Republican budget, with its cuts in Medicare and investments in our economic future. House Democrats unanimously opposed the Rule.
3rd Vote on GOP Budget/Cut, Cap, and End Medicare (H.R. 2560) – The House passed a measure that incorporates the House GOP Budget Plan that ends Medicare and destroys jobs, and then calls for deeper cuts with a constitutional amendment. Republicans even rejected a Democratic effort to prohibit any provision in the bill from going into effect if it would result in the loss of jobs or slow economic growth, but Republicans voted NO.
HR 658 – The House Republican FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act will destroy 70,000 jobs, undermine our nation’s infrastructure, and jeopardize runway safety and improvements.
Highway Proposal – Republicans have also unveiled a proposal to slash critical investments in rebuilding our roads, transit, and bridges in this county that will cost us more than 600,000 jobs. The Chamber of Commerce has said the “…investment levels are unacceptable.” The bill “will destroy – rather than support – existing jobs and will not enable creation of additional jobs.”
GOP Job Outsourcers’ Bill of Rights (H.R. 2587) – Republicans passed legislation to weaken a decades-old law and make it easier for corporations to send American jobs overseas by weakening the right of Americans to join unions. [Vote 711] For months, in Wisconsin, Ohio, and states nationwide, Americans have watched Republican governors and legislatures attack workers. And Republicans are bringing their assault to Washington. Most House Republicans in Washington have voted to repeal a rule guaranteeing fair union elections, and against prevailing wages in federal contracting, for example.
ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY CREATED BY HOUSE REPUBLICANS
Manufacturing a Default Crisis – Throughout the summer, Republicans in Washington engaged in brinksmanship with the debt limit in order to insist upon a far-right ideological agenda. This weakened our economy and led to Standard and Poor’s downgrading the U.S. credit rating of the United States from AAA to AA+. S&P highlighted, “The political brinksmanship of recent months highlights what we see as America’s governance and policymaking becoming less stable…. The statutory debt ceiling and the threat of default have become political bargaining chips.” There was only one political party that was using the debt ceiling as a bargaining chip. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said, “The negotiations that took place over the summer disrupted financial markets and probably the economy as well.” [August 26]
Destroying American Jobs/Playing Politics with Disaster Relief – In September, Republicans passed legislation that held essential disaster relief hostage, insisting on cuts that will cost 10,000 good-paying American jobs by slashing Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loans to produce cleaner American cars – a cut opposed by both the Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.
FAA Shutdown – Republican intransigence resulted in a 13-day shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration that furloughed thousand of federal employees and tens of thousands of construction workers. House Republicans refused to reauthorize the FAA without including an anti-union provision that would make it harder for workers at airlines and railroads to unionize. Airline inspectors were forced to work without pay during the shutdown.
CR – Republicans played politics this spring with the government funding bill–threatening a government shutdown that according to analysts at Goldman Sachs “could shave 0.2 percent off the growth of Gross Domestic Product for every week it continued.” Just today, Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) stated “Our economy can’t handle the instability that comes from the threat of a government shutdown.”
Meanwhile, House Republicans have voted 15 times against Democratic proposals or efforts to consider proposals – several of which are bipartisan – to create or protect American jobs.
JOBS LEGISLATION BLOCKED BY HOUSE REPUBLICANS
An American jobs effort to end government contracts rewarding corporations that ship American jobs overseas. [Vote 19]
Build America Bonds to Create Jobs Now Act – leveraging public dollars to strengthen the private sector, growing our economy by rebuilding America’s schools, hospitals, and transit projects, supported by American businesses, the construction industry, mayors and governors. [Vote 38, Vote 30, Vote 189]
American Jobs Matter Act – to give preference in federal contracts to U.S. manufacturers that create jobs here at home. [Vote 257]
National Manufacturing Strategy Act, to demand a clear plan to help manufacturers compete, invest in innovation, and put Americans back to work, which passed the House in 2010 with overwhelming bipartisan support. [Vote 279, Vote 721]
Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing Technology Act to help ensure the cars of the future are built here in the U.S., by investing in a broad range of near-term and long-term vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency, support domestic research and manufacturing, and lead to greater consumer choice of vehicle technologies and fuels. [Vote 310]
Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act to provide our government with effective tools to address unfair currency manipulation by countries like China, which could help create 1 million American manufacturing jobs by leveling the international playing field for American workers and businesses. [Vote 9, Vote 199] This bipartisan bill has 225 co-sponsors including 61 Republicans, yet the Republican leadership has refused to act. This summer, Democrats launched a process to force consideration of the measure; that petition has 175 of the 218 signature needed. The GOP leadership so opposes this measure that it forced the Republican Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, who had signed the petition, to remove his signature.
A measure to promote jobs and innovation at home, by prioritizing patent applications from entities that pledge to develop or manufacture their products and technologies in the United States. [Vote 490]
A measure for middle class families, directing the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction to eliminate subsidies for the five largest oil and gas companies, and corporate jet owners, before gutting education initiatives that create jobs, spur growth, and invest in our future. [Vote 676]
A measure to support American Manufacturers by giving priority to any company that uses materials made in America for the construction and renovation of school facilities. [Vote 693]
A measure that places a priority on keeping jobs in America: Protecting the authority of the National Labor Relations Board to order an employer to maintain or restore jobs in the U.S. that would be otherwise outsourced to a foreign country. [Vote 710
A measure to protect at least 10,000 American manufacturing jobs and provide disaster relief to the families and business owners: approving bipartisan disaster aid passed by the U.S. Senate without slashing Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loans that put people to work producing cleaner cars and investing in innovation. [Vote 715]
House Democrats have been working on our “Make It in America” agenda–to revitalize manufacturing in America and create new good-paying jobs–and President Obama’s American Jobs Act to put more money in workers’ pockets; help small businesses grow and hire; rebuild our roads, bridges, and school; and keep teachers in the classroom, firefighters on the job, and cops on the beat. After 273 days, it’s clear House Republicans are committed to their ‘do-nothing jobs’ agenda, but as President Obama said today–on reports that House Republican Leader Eric Cantor won’t allow a vote on the American Jobs Act–what part of creating jobs do House Republicans not believe in?:
Well I’d like Mr. Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what in this jobs bill he doesn’t believe in. Does he not believe in rebuilding America’s roads and bridges? Does he not believe in tax breaks for small businesses, or efforts to help veterans?
Mr. Cantor should come down to Dallas, look Kim Russell in the eye, and tell her why she doesn’t deserve to get a paycheck again. Come tell her students why they don’t deserve to have their teacher back.
Come tell Dallas construction workers why they should be sitting home instead of fixing our bridges and our schools.
Come tell the small business owners and workers in this community why you’d rather defend tax breaks for millionaires than tax cuts for the middle-class.