Jul 22, 2013

Speaker Boehner’s No-Jobs Agenda

On Face The Nation yesterday, Republican House Speaker John Boehner said Americans can expect to see “a lot more” of House Republicans’ partisan agenda, delivering more dysfunction and chaos – which means no work to create jobs or strengthen the middle class. With Speaker Boehner beholden to the Tea Party, this Republican Congress is already the least productive in history.

“The American people want Congress to focus on creating jobs and strengthening the middle class – but Speaker John Boehner would rather focus on the same tired ideological battles of the past – whether that’s restricting women’s rights or endless votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Speaker Boehner told the American people what they can expect from this Congress: more of the same gridlock and partisanship – and no jobs.”

From the transcript:

BOB SCHIEFFER: So we can expect more of this?

SPEAKER BOEHNER: Absolutely.  You're going to see a lot more of it….

BOB SCHIEFFER: Knowing full well that this is going nowhere?

BACKGROUND

Despite Boehner’s Rhetoric About Jobs, Not One of the Bills That the House Has Approved “Have Been Focused on Employment.” “In the six months and four days since the 113th Congress began, it has passed 13 laws. And, despite lawmakers constantly beating the drum on boosting jobs, none of the new measures have been focused on employment.” [National Journal, 6/07/13]

  • Headline: Congress Has Passed 13 Laws This Year—None of Them Have to Do With Jobs [National Journal, 6/07/13]

113th Congress “Is The Least Productive Congress Ever.” “So, how does this House stack up against past years when it comes to productivity? Not so well, according to the new Vital Statistics on Congress, which shows that the 112th Congress passed just 561 bills, the lowest number since they began keeping these stats way back in 1947.” [Washington Post, 7/17/13]

  • Headline: The least productive Congress ever [Washington Post, 7/17/13]

Gallup: Nearly 80 Percent of Americans Disapprove of Congress. “Americans remain down on Congress, with 15% approving and 78% disapproving of the job it is doing. This approval rating is similar to the low levels seen this year, and is five percentage points above the all-time low of 10%, last recorded in August 2012.” [Gallup, 7/17/13]

  • Headline: U.S. Congress Approval Remains Dismal [Gallup, 7/17/13]

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