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Republican Hypocrisy On Job Creation

REPUBLICAN HYPOCRISY ON JOB CREATION

Republicans would like us to think they care about creating jobs and helping working Americans during this economic downturn, but their rhetoric doesn’t match their record. Republicans say creating jobs is the “number one issue” in the country, but since the beginning of this Congress Republicans have steadfastly opposed bills that create jobs – choosing instead to protect CEOs who ship American jobs overseas. It’s time for Republicans to either stop their double talk or stand with Democrats to get America working again.

REPUBLICANS TALK ABOUT CREATING JOBS……

 

McConnell in September: “Americans want us to focus on jobs” [McConnell Op-Ed in The Hill, 9/29/10]

McConnell in February: “Millions of Americans want to get back to work. That’s why Republicans will offer ideas that will make it easier for businesses to hire new workers.” [Press Conference, 2/22/10]

Boehner in September: “I think we need to do this in a more systemic way and have this conversation first. Let’s not get to the potential solutions. [Fox News, 9/26/10]

McConnell in July: “Well, we all know that the number one issue in the country is jobs…..” [Press Conference, 7/27/10]

Kyl in July: “Mr. President, in the Rose Garden on Tuesday, President Obama stood with three long-time job seekers and reminded us that out-of-work Americans want to find work, and no one here, of course, questions that. I hear every day from Arizonans who look for a job day after day, week after week. They are just getting by.” [Congressional Record, 7/21/10]

Cornyn in June: “We know job creation should be our No. 1 priority when unemployment is at historic highs, when people are losing their homes due to foreclosure because they simply do not have jobs to be able to pay their mortgage.” [Congressional Record, 6/17/10]

Alexander in June: “Jobs are at the front of everyone’s mind. Our friend, the former Governor from Virginia, is here. He knows this very well. The Governor of Tennessee, Phil Bredesen, said the other day that in my State, if he had 100 conversations, 95 would be about jobs. I agree.” [Congressional Record, 6/7/10]

Alexander in June: “Most every time anyone around Washington opens his or her mouth these days to talk, it’s about jobs, but the action in the Democratic Congress seems to be too often about fewer jobs” [Press Conference, 6/22/10]

……BUT OVERWHELMINGLY OPPOSE BILLS THAT CREATE JOBS

Title

Positive Jobs Impact

GOP ‘No’ Votes

Date

Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act

Thousands[*]

100%

9/28/10

Small Business Jobs Act

500,000

95%

9/16/10

Preventing Layoffs of Teachers and First Responders (FMAP)

290,000

93%

8/4/2010

Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act

5,600,000

68%

3/17/2010

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

3,000,000

93%

2/13/2009

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

250,000

100%

12/24/2009

Travel Promotion Act

40,000

43%

9/9/2009

Cash for Clunkers

60,000

83%

8/6/2009

Unemployment Insurance Extension

785,000

93%

7/21/2010

Small Business Jobs and Credit Act

500,000

100%

7/29/2010

American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act

1,000,000

98%

6/16/2010

[*] See Table 1 “Cumulative Number of U.S. Service Sector Jobs Projected to Shift Offshore by Occupational Group” CRS Report RL32292, 11/2/09. Report estimates over 600,000 Administrative jobs were sent overseas in 2008 alone.

[*] See Table 1 “Cumulative Number of U.S. Service Sector Jobs Projected to Shift Offshore by Occupational Group” CRS Report RL32292, 11/2/09. Report estimates over 600,000 Administrative jobs were sent overseas in 2008 alone.

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