Republicans: Obama, Senate Democrats failing to act on jobs, economy

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., speaks during the weekly Republican address broadcast May 10, 2014.

House Republicans on Saturday listed over a dozen bills that have cleared the House but have gone nowhere in the Senate, urging Senate Democrats and President Obama to act on legislation Republicans say would create jobs and grow the economy.

The list was delivered as part of the weekly GOP address by 14 congressmen who sponsored the bills they name.

Republicans "are relentlessly focused on building a strong economy that produces good jobs and lasting opportunities," said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. "The trouble is, that task gets harder and harder each time the powers-that-be in Washington won't act on a good idea."

Camp said his own bill, passed 14 months ago by the House, would "protect reforms that have helped thousands of welfare recipients find jobs and lift their families out of poverty."

The problem? "Americans are still waiting for President Obama and Senate Democrats to act," he said.

Other lawmakers followed in the same fashion, naming the bills they've sponsored and urging Senate Democrats to take them up. Many of the bills tackle familiar Republican agenda items, like building the Keystone XL oil pipeline, repealing portions of Obamacare and strengthening charter schools to promote school choice.

Democrats, of course, would dispute the charge that they've done nothing to grow the economy and create jobs. On several issues, notably immigration reform and unemployment insurance, many Democrats believe the House could pass bills with bipartisan support if House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, would simply call a vote. And on some of the bills Republicans named Saturday - job training and veterans employment, for example - Democrats and the president have offered alternative solutions.

  • Jake Miller

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