I keep hearing John Boehner and Mitch McConnell and a whole slew of second-and-third tier Republicans bashing the Obama jobs speech that will be delivered this Thursday by the President. Several of the GOP D-listers in Congress are trying to scoop some headline spotlight attention by declaring that they’ll boycott the speech because “America needs jobs, not legislation.”
So, I found it amazingly interesting that if you go to the Republican Congressional website — http://www.gop.gov — and then click on “Bills” to see a complete list of all bills currently proposed by any Republican in Congress, you get a result list of 142 bills that Republicans have proposed as official and active legislation. Of those 142 bills, ONE BILL mentions the word “jobs” –H.R. 2021: Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011 — and it has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with creating jobs. It’s a rider bill for oil companies operating off the shore of Alaska and doesn’t include one single word about jobs.
Don’t believe me? Read the entire text of the bill yourself:
H.R. 2021 would eliminate needless permitting delays that have stalled important energy production opportunities off the coast of Alaska. To do so, H.R. 2021 would make three technical clarifications to the Clean Air Act:
- The bill would specify that any drilling vessel must be considered a stationary source, and regulated as such, once drilling commences. This provision would eliminate uncertainly about which rules apply and when in the energy exploration and development process.
- H.R. 2021 would clarify that service ships are not regulated as stationary sources simply because they supply or service Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) sources. Currently, service ships, like delivery trucks servicing factories on land, are regulated under the Clean Air Act as mobile sources.
- The bill would specify that air emission impacts are to be measures onshore. This is consistent with the emissions measurements that apply to facilities on land, measuring emissions at the point where they could affect the public, whether at the shoreline or on the fence line.
The bill would also eliminate the permitting back-and-forth that occurs between Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its Environmental Appeals Board. Rather than having exploration air permits repeatedly approved and rescinded by the agency and its review board, the EPA will be required to take final action – granting or denying a permit – within six months. All appeals will go to the D.C. Circuit Court for resolution because of the national implications of oil production on the Outer Continental Shelf and the need for consistency in decision-making.
The bill also has 10 official amendments. Not one of the amendments even mentions the words “jobs,” “employment,” or “unemployment.”
Republicans have proposed TWELVE different bills to name U.S. Post Offices, and they’ve proposed a bill called “Better Use of Lightbulbs,” and another bill called “Neighborhood Stabilization Program Termination Act” that “rescinds and permanently cancels all unobligated balances made available by section 1497(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and repeals emergency FY2008 appropriations for the program made available by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008” and five different bills to prevent abortion or abortion-funding. There’s also a whopping 58 amendments to a bill called “Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011,” ALL of which tack on additional spending for Republican pet projects.
And, my favorite — there’s H.R. 1473: Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, which the Congressional Budget Office says will cost $1.049 Trillion in annual discretionary budget authority for 2011, and would reduce non-defense budget authority by $44.8 billion from FY 2010.
But no jobs bills.
So, if literally the ONLY bill proposed by any Republican anywhere in Congress that includes “jobs” in the bill’s name DOESN’T INCLUDE ANY MEASURE THAT CREATES JOBS and is literally nothing more than a protection for oil companies (surprise, surprise), then exactly where and what is the Republicans’ solution for the America’s jobs crisis? They sure bitch and bash Barack Obama for a plan of his that they haven’t even heard yet, but haven’t themselves proposed a jobs plan for active legislation. Doesn’t that strike anyone as … oh … I don’t know … GROTESQUELY HYPOCRITICAL?
Bills have to be PROPOSED before they can be OPPOSED. But that won’t stop Republicans and teabaggers from trying to use the “Get Out of Responsibility” card every time they roll the dice.
But … there I go again … using facts to support a legitimate question, instead of trusting what the campaigning professional liars tell me.