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Jobs bills waiting for Senate action
Posted by Chris C. on June 30, 2011 | comments
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In his press conference this week, President Obama said, “there are also things that Congress could do right now that will help create good jobs. … There are a number of steps that my Administration is taking but there are also a number of steps that Congress could be taking right now.”

The President should have a talk with his former colleague and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  Below are nine bills passed by the House which would help create jobs.  All of them are waiting for Senate action.

Empower Small Business Owners and Reduce Regulatory Burdens:

H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH) on March 2, 2011
  • Passed the House by a vote of 292-130 on March 31, 2011
  • Senate has taken no action to date

H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Fred Upton (MI) on March 3, 2011
  • Passed the House by a vote of 255-172 on April 7, 2011
  • Senate has taken no action to date

H.J.Res. 37, a Resolution of disapproval regarding the FCC’s regulation of the Internet and broadband industry practices

  • Introduced by Rep. Greg Walden (OR) on February 16, 2011
  • Passed the House by a vote of 240 to 179 on April 8, 2011
  • Senate has taken no action to date

Encourage Entrepreneurship and Growth:

H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith on March 30, 2011
  • Passed the House by a vote of 304-117 on June 23, 2011
  • Currently pending in the Senate

Maximize Domestic Energy Production To Ensure An Energy Policy For The Twenty-First Century:

H.R. 1230, Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Doc Hastings (WA) on March 29, 2011
  • Passed the House by a vote of 266-149 on May 5, 2011
  • Senate has taken no action to date

H.R. 1229, Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Doc Hastings (WA) on March 29, 2011
  • Passed the House by a vote of 263-163 on May 11, 2011
  • Senate has taken no action to date

H.R. 1231, Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Doc Hastings (WA) on March 29, 2011
  • Passed the House by a vote of 243-179 on May 12, 2011
  • Senate has taken no action to date

H.R. 2021, the Jobs and Energy Permitting Act

  • Introduced by Rep. Cory Gardner on May 26, 2011
  • Passed the House by a vote of 253-166 on June 22, 2011
  • Senate has taken no action to date

Pay Down America’s Unsustainable Debt Burden and Start Living Within Our Means:

H.Con.Res. 34, a Resolution establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2012 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2013 through 2021

  • Introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) on April 11, 2011
  • Passed the House by a vote of 235-193 on April 15, 2011
  • Senate has not yet considered a budget of their own.  It has be 793 days since the Senate passed a budget - even the Libyan government passed a budget more recently!
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