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Published on Oct 4, 2011
Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) and other House GOP freshmen held a Capitol press conference this morning to highlight the many House-passed jobs bills that remain stalled in the Senate. The event was held to coincide with the 888th day since the Democratic-led Senate passed a budget.
Lawmakers participating in today's event issued a letter calling for Senate action on House-passed jobs bills, because "with 14 million Americans out of work and millions more underemployed, we can't afford to waste another day." Here are some excerpts:
"In January 2011, 87 men and women representing a variety of geographic, economic and professional backgrounds came to Washington carrying a message from the American people that it was time to turn our economy around and preserve the American dream for generations to come. Since then, our Republican freshman class has worked with our colleagues in the House to pass more than a dozen pieces of legislation that work to spur job growth, eliminate regulatory barriers, reduce the nation's debt, and enact a balanced budget amendment. ...
"While House Republicans have honored their commitment to get America's fiscal house in order and get Americans back to work, the Senate leadership has failed to do the same as the following bills have stalled in the Senate. In order to turn our economy around, we need the Senate to join us in our efforts to get America back on the right track. ...
"It has been 888 days since the U.S. Senate has passed a budget. The time to act is now. With 14 million Americans out of work and millions more underemployed, we can't afford to waste another day."
Among the proposals the freshmen cite are measures to address excessive regulations and expand American energy production. To learn more about these and other House-passed job bills, visit www.jobs.gop.gov.