Tuesday, March 15, 2011
RSC Update: It’s All About Jobs
From the Chairman
What do reckless deficit spending, mounting debt, burdensome regulations, and rising energy prices have in common? Republicans are working to reduce each of these obstacles because they all put private sector job creators on the defensive. Lower spending, less debt hanging over our future, more freedom to innovate, and lower energy prices will translate into more and better job opportunities for American families. In the end, it’s all about jobs – jobs today and jobs for our children tomorrow.
Today, the House will vote on a 3-week funding bill with $6 billion in cuts because Senate Democrats still refuse to produce a credible plan that cuts spending and complete this year’s budget. I favor the cuts in this bill, but I will not be able to support it. With record deficits and a mammoth debt hanging over our economy and our future, we need to start tackling next year’s budget, the debt-ceiling, and other challenges standing in the way of job creation.
Bite-sized cuts that do not defund Planned Parenthood or ObamaCare will not do any longer. It is time Senate Democrats stopped dithering so we can finish this year’s budget and focus on cutting spending next year and encouraging long-term job creation.
Congressman Jim Jordan
Chairman, Republican Study Committee
RSC Media Activity – RSC members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.
· Rep. Joe Barton (TX-06): Pain at the Pump, or Lower Prices at the Pump?; Texas Insider, March 7.
· Rep. Ben Quayle (AZ-03): Stats Don’t Reveal True Border Crisis; The Arizona Republic, March 10.
· Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH-18): Bureaucratic Overreach Strangles Small Businesses; The Hill, March 10.
· Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-08): It’s Time to Spend Less and Owe Less; The Houston Chronicle, March 13.
RSC Member Activity – RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.
· Rep. Phil Roe (TN-01) introduced the Secret Ballot Protection Act, which would ensure every worker’s right to a secret ballot in union organizing elections.
· Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) introduced the Savings Start With Us Act, which would reduce the salaries of the President, Vice President, and Members of Congress by 10%.
House Floor Activity – The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives recently.
· The House passed H.R. 830 and H.R 836, which would save taxpayers $8.8 billion by ending two costly and ineffective foreclosure mitigation programs.
· To make up for the Obama administration’s refusal to defend the federal law defining marriage as between one man and one woman, the House of Representatives on Wednesday directed the House General Counsel to initiate a legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.
· The House will vote today on a 3-week CR that would cut spending by $6 billion.
· The House will vote this week to end two more costly and ineffective foreclosure mitigation programs. H.R. 839 would save $30 billion by terminating the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). H.R. 861 would end the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and prevent $1 billion from being spent.
· The House is also scheduled to vote on a bill this week to end taxpayer subsidies to NPR.
· Each week the House is in session, the RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce compiles a weekly report on the latest budget and spending news. Additionally, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.
· RSC Policy Brief: The EPA – A Bureaucratic Bully Pulpit
House Republican Study Committee
Rep. Jim Jordan, Chairman
Paul Teller, Executive Director
Brad Watson, Policy Director
Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Policy Staff
Joe Murray, Professional Policy Staff
Curtis Rhyne, Professional Policy Staff
Ja’Ron Smith, Professional Policy Staff
Wesley Goodman, Director of Conservative Coalitions and State Outreach
Yong Choe, Director of Business Outreach and Member Services
Brian Straessle, Communications Director
Ben Miller, Deputy Communications Director
Cyrus Artz, Research Assistant
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