More empty GOP rhetoric still creating ZERO JOBS

Posted on June 5, 2012


It’s time for a fresh look at the Republicans in Congress and how they’re maintaining that “laser-like focus on jobs, jobs, jobs.”

If you go to the Republican Congressional website — — and then click on “Bills,” you’ll see a complete list of all bills currently proposed by any Republican in Congress, you get a result list of 144 bills that Republicans have proposed as official and active legislation.

Of those 144, only four bills mention Jobs:

  • H.R. 2060 – Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act:  The bill would modify the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to re-designate the boundary of the Wild and Scenic River designation on the Crooked River in Oregon; expand the number of cubic feet per second of water released from the Arthur R. Bowman Dam to serve as a state mitigation credit for groundwater pumping by the City of Prineville; require that the water supply contracts held between various irrigation districts and the federal government are met prior to the use or release of stored water behind the Dam for any new or additional purposes without modifying existing contracts or any rights, obligations or requirements under Oregon law; and it would allow the nearby Ochoco Irrigation District to pre-pay its capital repayment contract with the federal government and would require the Secretary of the Interior to certify that such amounts have been fully repaid to provide a mechanism for an exchange of water and lands so that more water is used for fish restoration on McKay Creek.
  • H.R. 3606 S Amendment – Concur in the Senate Amendment to Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act: The bill would provide for online funding for startup companies to raise up to $2,000,000 annually through “crowd-funding” on registered internet websites while instituting strong protections for investors. The bill would also implement basic marketplace protections for the ordinary investors seeking to take advantage of this new form of capital raising. Under the Senate version of the bill, companies seeking between $100,000 and $500,000 in capital would be required have financial statements reviewed by an independent public accountants. Additionally, audited financial statements would be required for companies seeking more than $500,000 in capital.
  • H.R. 3606 – Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) Act: The bill would amend the Securities Act of 1933 (SA) and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (SEA) to define “emerging growth company” (EGC) as an issuer with total annual gross revenues of less than $1 billion during its most recently completed fiscal year. The bill would also amend SEA and the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 to exempt EGCs from the requirement for separate shareholder approval of executive compensation, including golden parachute compensation. Additionally, EGCs would be exempted from Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (P.L. 107-204) for a longer transition period—up to five years—instead of the current transition period of two years. (This bill is listed twice as two separate bills, with the only difference being the replacement of the words “growth capital” for “capital” in five places.)
  • H.R. 2842 – Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act:  The bill would specify that the Western Area Power Administration, the Bonneville Power Administration and the Southwestern Power Administration are not obligated to purchase or market the conduit hydro-power generated at Reclamation facilities and that none of the costs associated with the generation shall be assigned to these agencies’ power rates. If these administrations did market conduit-generated hydro-power they would be prohibited from doing so in a way that alters the management of water resources or modifies any existing agreements for hydro-power.

Then there are about 30 bills that Republicans are claiming are jobs bills. Here’s a sampling. You decide where the “jobs” part comes in.

  • HR 1633 – Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011 prevents the EPA from issuing or finalizing regulations revising air quality standards under the Clean Air Act, and excepts farm dust from all references to “particulate matter.”  So, it doesn’t produce any jobs. But if you suffer from allergies or know someone who’s died from Valley Fever, you might object to Republicans trying to exempt farm dust from the definition of particulate matter.R 10 – Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2011 guts the regulation process by mandating that every regulation promulgated by approved by Congress after an onerous submission process, while exempting any Congressional finding from judicial review. No jobs. But you can call this one the “Carte Blanche For Congress To Kill All Regulatory Authority” bill.
  • HR 3010 – Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011 sets guidelines for whether any regulations are warranted at all even if called for under a statute. Calling an anti-regulatory statute a jobs bill is a little like calling a half-built bridge infrastructure. So again, not a jobs bill. Think of this as HR 10’s annoying little brother.
  • HR 527 – Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011 would reduce regulatory requirements on small businesses by forcing an impact study with specific focus on small business before regulation is adopted. It would limit EPA, OSHA and CFPB regulations while presumably protecting “small” closely-held Sub-chapter S-corporations like … oh … say … Koch Industries, for example. Consider this a con-jobs bill.
  • HR 3012 – Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2011 would expand job immigration beyond current limits by eliminating employment-based immigrant visa caps and raising the percentage of total visas granted to 15% from 7%. Now, this one actually *IS* a jobs bill. It’s just not a jobs bill for any American workers.

In the meantime, Republicans have proposed SEVENTEEN different bills that ban, prohibit or criminalize abortion in one manner or another, and an additional nine bills to defund some form of planned parenthood, birth control or medical assistance program for pregnant women.

I would mention H.R. 4628 – The Interest Rate Reduction Act to prevent interest rates on new federally subsidized Stafford Loans made to undergraduate students from increasing from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2012 and extend the 3.4 percent rate until July 1, 2013. But it hasn’t received a second since Rep. Judy Biggert proposed it, and the bill has never been opened for House discussion.

Good news, though!  A bill called “The Better Use of Light Bulbs Act of 2012” has received four amendments and three endorsements, and is on the Republicans’ agenda for passage before they take their Fourth of July recess.

And then there’s H.R. 4040, proposed by Rep. Joe Baca – to provide for the award of a gold medal on behalf of Congress to Jack Nicklaus in recognition of his service to the Nation in promoting excellence and good sportsmanship in golf.  I can’t even fathom how many jobs that creates.

But I think my favorite Republican bill sitting in the chamber and going absolutely nowhere, is H.R. 3835 to extend the pay limitation for Members of Congress and Federal Employees. It was proposed on February 1, 2012 by Rep. Sean Duffy and calls for an extension of the current pay freeze on all Members of Congress and legislative branch employees through December 31, 2013.  It hasn’t received a second, hasn’t been brought to the floor for discussion, and has been rejected for discussion by the House Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, SEVEN TIMES.

But still nothing resembling the jobs bills we keep hearing McConnell and Boehner and the rest of their cohorts tell us is their primary focus.

So, if literally the four bills proposed by any Republican anywhere in Congress that includes “jobs” in the bill’s name DOESN’T INCLUDE ANY MEASURE THAT CREATES JOBS, 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.

I guess Republicans figure that if you put the word “jobs” in a bill’s title, it’s the same as actually proposing a bill that has anything whatsoever to do with the creation of jobs.

But let’s not forget that there are still 16 Republican bills on the table to rename U.S. post offices.  So, a resounding huzzah for our diligent and selfish Republican public servants.

Hip! Hip! … oh screw it.  I can’t even do it sarcastically.