As President Pivots, House Remains Focused on #Jobs
President Obama will yet again turn his attention to jobs and the economy today with highly touted speeches in Illinois and Missouri. This comes almost 20 months since the president promised he would do "whatever it takes" to move the economy forward and create jobs. Meanwhile, House Republicans have never lost focus on the economy and have delivered a stream of legislative solutions to create and preserve American jobs.
The latest jobs bills up for a vote in the House this week aim to protect Americans from costly new regulations that could destroy jobs and drive up energy costs. The House will vote tomorrow on H.R. 2218, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act, authored by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV). Coal Ash is recycled and widely used in construction products such as cement and drywall. But EPA has proposed to regulate coal ash in a way that threatens this beneficial use and puts up to 300,000 jobs in jeopardy. McKinley’s bill offers a practical alternative to EPA’s plan to stigmatize coal ash by creating a state-based program that sets enforceable federal standards. This approach ensures responsible regulation that will protect both the environment and hundreds of thousands of jobs.
The House is also scheduled to consider H.R. 1582, the Energy Consumers Relief Act, authored by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA). This commonsense legislation seeks to protect American jobs and keep energy costs affordable for households and businesses by providing for greater transparency and oversight of EPA’s most expensive energy-related rules. The bill would provide a full accounting of the impacts of any new rule estimated to cost over $1 billion and block implementation of regulations determined to have a negative effect on jobs and the economy. It would help put the brakes on the president’s "war on coal" and shield Americans from costly new rules like EPA’s Tier 3 rule, which is estimated to drive up the cost of gasoline by up to nine cents a gallon.
These bills come in addition to a long list of jobs bills already approved by the House, including legislation to build the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline. In May, the House approved Rep. Lee Terry’s (R-NE) bill, H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, which will end the regulatory delays and finally allow this landmark jobs and energy project to move forward. Keystone XL, which the State Department estimates would support over 40,000 jobs, has now been stuck in regulatory review for over 1769 days. But despite his commitment to strengthening the middle class and doing "whatever it takes" to create jobs, the president continues to stand in the way of this critical jobs project that won’t cost taxpayers a dime.
Learn more about the House Republican Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs HERE.