House GOP: Hey, here’s an idea … Why don’t we talk about jobs?

posted at 7:10 pm on February 28, 2012 by Tina Korbe

In an effort to return the conversation to what polls show remains the No. 1 priority of the American public — that would be economic recovery, House GOP leadership today reintroduced a number of jobs bills that have so far enjoyed broad bipartisan support:

GOP leaders said on Tuesday that the House is set to vote on a package of job-creation bills as soon as next week.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who spearheaded the effort to bundle six bipartisan bills together, told reporters on Capitol Hill that the chamber would vote on the “Jumpstart Our Business Startups,” or JOBS Act, in a little over a week. …

The compilation of bills — most of which have garnered bipartisan support in the House or in committee — was geared towards sparking investment in entrepreneurial and small-business start-up companies.

Boehner, a successful small businessman before his foray into politics, noted that the bundle of bills would target the “red tape and access to capital” issues plaguing would-be small-business owners.

Not surprisingly, House Democratic leadership had little nice to say about the package (even though, again, it consists almost entirely of bills with bipartisan support). “This clearly is not the jobs bill that we’re looking for,” Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said.

The White House, however, didn’t have quite the same knee-jerk reaction to the GOPers’ proposal:

House Republican leaders won something of an endorsement from the White House on Tuesday for a package of largely uncontroversial bills aimed at helping small businesses succeed.

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups, or JOBS Act, is actually six bills offered by different GOP lawmakers that have earned bipartisan support.

Though some Democrats pointed out that the House already passed four of the six bills in the package, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the package shows that Congress can move beyond partisan divisions, even if it’s just “compromise on the margins.”

“It goes right to the point that I’ve been making that conventional wisdom holds that we can’t actually accomplish things that both the administration and a Congress controlled largely by the other party can agree on. But that’s not true,” Carney told reporters in his daily briefing.

So, what’s up? Could a bill to make capital more available to small-business owners bring the president and the House GOP together at last? Don’t bet on it. The White House can’t afford to be seen to be against jobs bills of any sort. The president has already proved his prowess at accusing the entire Congress of a “do-nothing” mentality even when it’s just the Senate stalling on bills the House has already passed (#Forgotten15!!!). He’ll use Republicans’ reintroduction of these bills as an excuse to bring up his American Jobs Act again and to accuse Congress of inaction when the House doesn’t want to pass his spendthrift proposals. Still, it’s refreshing to reintroduce this debate. The news cycle lately has been so dominated by the GOP primary and cultural debates that it’s easy to forget unemployment is still 8.3 percent. Time to remember.


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House GOP: Hey, here’s an idea … Why don’t we talk about jobs?

The only jobs the Congress are interested in saving, is THEIR OWN JOBS.

portlandon on February 28, 2012 at 7:11 PM

“It goes right to the point that I’ve been making that conventional wisdom holds that we can’t actually accomplish things that both the administration and a Congress controlled largely by the other party can agree on. But that’s not true,” Carney told reporters in his daily briefing.

Lol. Um…that would be, “a Congress controlled halfly.”

In other news, President Obama would like four more years, please.

RedCrow on February 28, 2012 at 7:13 PM

. The president has already proved his prowess at accusing the entire Congress of a “do-nothing” mentality even when it’s just the Senate stalling on bills the House has already passed (#Forgotten15!!!).

The crazy thinks that it’s not worth to have a majority unless we have 60 pure conservatives though, so there’s that.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 7:14 PM

About time.

mythicknight on February 28, 2012 at 7:16 PM

House GOP leadership today reintroduced a number of jobs bills that have so far enjoyed broad bipartisan support:

These bills will surely sail right through the Senate, huh?

itsnotaboutme on February 28, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Career GOP pols and the weeper of the house are just as guilty as the dems for this debt we have. They all need to be tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail!

ultracon on February 28, 2012 at 7:17 PM

These bills will surely sail right through the Senate, huh?

No, because Reid does what he accuses the GOP of doing: obstructionism.

itsnotaboutme on February 28, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Nah, let’s go back to talking about how sick separation of church and state makes us.

jhffmn on February 28, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Z’OMG! Anything but social issues!

SouthernGent on February 28, 2012 at 7:18 PM

It will go nowhere. The Senate will not take any Jobs bill up for a vote. It is simply not gonna happen during an election year.

Johnnyreb on February 28, 2012 at 7:18 PM

SouthernGent on February 28, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Don’t worry. Give it a few minutes. This thread will turn into a battle royale between Romney and Santorum supporters; I have no doubts.

RedCrow on February 28, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Z’OMG! Anything but social issues!

SouthernGent on February 28, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Something tells me that you intended a sarc tag.

Here, without even a hint of sarcasm:

Please, anything but social issues.

ElectricPhase on February 28, 2012 at 7:21 PM

The candidates have been talking about jobs, but the gatekeepers in the politburo only tease out wedge issues. The fifth column is doing their damndest to foul up our primary.

tom daschle concerned on February 28, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Nothing will ever happen until Boehnertakes the damn bills walks up to the press corp and shoves them into their hands and says “READ THESE”!

But that will never happen. And the press corp can’t read.

Scoreboard44 on February 28, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Wait a tickaroo,I thought the lefty Talk’n Points,
were of its Republicans fault!!!

Or was it Congress!!!!!!
(sarc)

canopfor on February 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Nothing will ever happen until Boehnertakes the damn bills walks up to the press corp and shoves them into their hands and says “READ THESE”!

But that will never happen. And the press corp can’t read.

Scoreboard44 on February 28, 2012 at 7:23 PM

boehner first would need to sober up, and then get a spine and a pair of testicles.

GhoulAid on February 28, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Yeah, that’s nice. So what’s Harry Reid’s take this time, seeing as he’s sat on every jobs bill so far.

Once again, THANK YOU NEVADA! Future nuclear waste dump site!

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canopfor on February 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Government jobs are just that. They produce nothing that is taxable, invent nothing that could be patented and every government job from teachers to the President is payed for with our taxes. Here’s what I refer to as the list of Federal entitlement programs all paid for by our taxes, take a look.
http://www.usa.gov/directory/federal/index.shtml

mixplix on February 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

I note some sarcasm about the social issues and some NO sarcasm.

Bear in mind please that’s it’s the freaking Lamestream media and Dem liberals that keep bringing this up. Gregory on MTP harped on birth control on MTP and Steponallofus is the guy who brought it up at first.

I believe the primary candidates would love to talk about the economy but on WH orders the Lamestreams wants to make the Republicans the party against birth control for God’s sake.

patfish on February 28, 2012 at 7:45 PM

It doesn’t matter what they talk about – which is all they do, talk – they’re a bunch of incompetent boobs who have no vested interest in America, only in securing and maintaining power.

Dante on February 28, 2012 at 7:50 PM

I’m beginning to think they’ve blown this election. They may have handed the presidency to the dems on a silver and gold plated platter. Drudge had a primary poll on earlier and I couldn’t even click on any of the contestants. They’re all despicable to me. Sorry. But they are.

scalleywag on February 28, 2012 at 7:57 PM

I believe the primary candidates would love to talk about the economy but on WH orders the Lamestreams wants to make the Republicans the party against birth control for God’s sake.

patfish on February 28, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Let me paint a mental picture for you. Obama is swinging a chunk of meat on a string. Santorum the toy poodle barks frantically and jumps again and again to grab the meat, but Obama yanks the string so he can’t get it.

Nominate Santorum, and this will be the 2012 election.

ElectricPhase on February 28, 2012 at 8:00 PM

They’re all despicable to me. Sorry. But they are.

scalleywag on February 28, 2012 at 7:57 PM

What about Paul is despicable to you? The man is a Constitutionalist, and has never voted for unconstitutional legislation. He is pro-life and pro-liberty.

Dante on February 28, 2012 at 8:02 PM

What about Paul is despicable to you? The man is a Constitutionalist, and has never voted for unconstitutional legislation. He is pro-life and pro-liberty.

Dante on February 28, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Paul believes that Islamists are life-and-let-live kind of guys. The only Americans who could get behind that are already voting for Obama.

ElectricPhase on February 28, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Those clowns get diverted so easily!
Oh look…a squirrel!…and just like that…they’re looking for peanuts.

KOOLAID2 on February 28, 2012 at 8:29 PM

boehner first would need to sober up, and then get a spine and a pair of testicles.

GhoulAid on February 28, 2012 at 7:27 PM

…I’d settle for him just having one!

KOOLAID2 on February 28, 2012 at 9:07 PM

What about Paul is despicable to you?

Dante on February 28, 2012 at 8:02 PM

He. Is. Against. Constant. War. In. The. Middle. East.

Do you get it NOW?!?

MelonCollie on February 28, 2012 at 9:08 PM

There was an article floating around that the Democrats have expectations of retaking the House. ALthough I find it highly unlikely, the Republican leadership has squandered the majorities it had, playing footsie with the Senate. Does anyone think, if the roles were reversed, that Pelosi, Hoyer, and Van Hollen wouldn’t be hitting the Senate every single day on their not passing a budget? Hell Pelosi was hitting the Senate when they had majorities in both houses to get them to pass legislation and Reid had to tell her to calm down.

I believe the Democrats scared people sufficiently that they won’t be back in power any time soon, however I do look for the House to either change leadership or do something to accomplish a goal. This is a start, but they need to be passing legislation every day and sending it on to the Senate, then they can be like Obama, asking, on a daily basis, vote on the bill so we can reconcile and pass it on to the President. Boehner and company have been totally inept.

bflat879 on February 28, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Try as they may EVERY interview will start with “Why do you support banning contraception?”

Grunt on February 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Of course it’s got bipartisan support. It’s a budget busting spending bill. And if Obama likes it, then that means he thinks he’s gonna get to dole out this small business money. You better have a little green energy business or Saul Alinsky training clinic if you want to get any of it.

We ought to take a look at who exactly gets the aid from SBA and the like. You can’t create a “good” government program or agency because eventually the Democrats will be running it. You can’t create a colony on the moon because eventually we will be building a Muslim shrine there and paying to rocket every Muslim to visit it as a new pilgrimage.

Buddahpundit on February 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

About time this do nothing house of extremist right wingers introduce a jobs bill that is acceptable to mainstream America.

Stop pandering to your right wing out of touch base and pass a jobs bill that isn’t filled with tax cuts for the upper 1%.

Uppereastside on February 28, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Stop pandering to your right wing out of touch base and pass a jobs bill that isn’t filled with tax cuts for the upper 1%.

Uppereastside on February 28, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Shouldn’t you and your friends be out photo shopping credit card receipts about this time?

Tim Zank on February 28, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Call me a simpleton, but my response to every Lib who wants to join the Blame GOP Game is this: “Explain to me how the party who has not had majority control since 2006 is to be blamed.”..usually ends the conversation…

hillsoftx on February 28, 2012 at 10:04 PM

That’s 8.3% by an obviously bogus calculation; 11% would be closer to the truth.

tngmv on February 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM

First does anyone call out Carney on trying to push the “it’s a Republican Congress” theme? See his quote? “and a Congress controlled largely by the other party can agree on. But that’s not true”, yeah whatever toolbag.

Second, how can they say government doesn’t create jobs, then label everything a jobs bill and talk about how we need legislation for’jobs jobs jobs’. That is bs hypocritical garbage. They problem is they can’t articulate my stool if I dropped a deuce on their face. Will need to change about 100-150 of the House Republicans and 20-30 of the Senate Republicans in order to have real-talk. They can be Independents too…as long as they aren’t from Vermont (lawl, independent pinkos).

John Kettlewell on February 29, 2012 at 12:57 AM

I don’t know. How many 20-something women will come beg for contraceptives if Congress talks about, you know, jobs?

J.E. Dyer on February 29, 2012 at 2:33 AM

The crazy thinks that it’s not worth to have a majority unless we have 60 pure conservatives though, so there’s that.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 7:14 PM

We don’t need 60 pure conservatives. We do however need 1 leader with a set that can hammer the issue through to people about why nothing is happening.

LoganSix on February 29, 2012 at 7:26 AM

One gets the impression that Boehner spends a lot of time directing the House Republicans from the 19th hole of the golf course…

albill on February 29, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Slimy Harry Reid’s autocratic, incompetent reign could have been history had the GOP not put up candidates like Angle and O’Donnell.
Here’s hoping that the GOP and Tea Party will finally get their act together and re-take the Senate – Olympia Snowe’s departure notwithstanding.
Sadly, not enough Americans, and Nevadans, see that power-hungry wimp for what he is: a corrupt, lying autocrat who thinks HE is the Dear Leader.
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Karl Magnus on February 29, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Hey House GOP. Why don’t you quit yakking and actually do something.

MNHawk on February 29, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Uppereastside on February 28, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Be a good little child and stare at the shiny little pill I’m waving back and forth. There you go, good little tool. Now back to recess you go.

MNHawk on February 29, 2012 at 8:18 AM

About time this do nothing house of extremist right wingers introduce a jobs bill that is acceptable to mainstream America.

Stop pandering to your right wing out of touch base and pass a jobs bill that isn’t filled with tax cuts for the upper 1%.

Uppereastside on February 28, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Thanks for that objective assessment. /sarc
The nom de plume explains it all.
(sigh)
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Karl Magnus on February 29, 2012 at 8:21 AM

This does not sound like a White House that is confident of reelection. It sounds like people who are scared and now willing to look at even some Republican ideas in order to make it appear they are trying to do something about jobs.

rockmom on February 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM

About time this do nothing house of extremist right left wingers introduce pass/review a jobs bill that is acceptable to mainstream America.

Stop pandering to your right left wing out of touch and on the teat base and pass a jobs bill that isn’t filled with tax cuts raises for the upper 1%. anyone.Uppereastside on February 28, 2012 at 9:22 PM

There. Took some doing but FIFY.

landowner on February 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM