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Legislative News for the Week of October 31, 2011

In This Issue
Obama's Economic Record
The Forgotten Fifteen: 15 Jobs Bills the House Republicans Have Passed
Congress Passes Free Trade Agreements
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"He's Making It Worse"
The Obama Economic Record
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 The Forgotten Fifteen:

15 Jobs Bills the House Republicans Have Passed That Are Now Stuck In the Senate 


1)     The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act (H.R 872) - Reduces overlapping and unnecessary regulation on pesticides; thereby reducing costs to both farmers and small business owners.


* Passed the House by a vote of 292-130 on March 31, 2011


2)     The Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910) - Prohibits the federal government from regulating greenhouse gas emissions; thereby by preventing a needless increase in energy prices for American households and businesses.


* Passed the House by a vote of 255-172 on April 7, 2011


 3)     A Resolution of Disapproval Regarding FCC's Regulation (H.J. Res. 37)- Prevents the federal government from regulating the Internet and broadband providers 

* Passed the House by a vote of 240 to 179 on April 8, 2011 


4)     Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act (H.R 1230)- Helps to reduce energy prices and promote job creation by expediting offshore oil and natural gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico and the Virginia coast. 


* Passed the House by a vote of 266-149 on May 5, 2011



5)     Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act (H.R. 1229)- Promotes job creation and reduces energy prices by reinstating oil drilling permits in the Gulf Coast. 


* Passed the House by a vote of 263-163 on May 11, 2011 



6)     Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act (H.R 1231)- Promotes lower energy costs and job creation by allowing drilling in at least 50 percent of the Outer Continental Shelf areas known to contain the most oil and gas. 


* Passed the House by a vote of 243-179 on May 12, 2011 



7)     The Jobs and Energy Permitting Act H.R 2021)- Promotes job growth and reduces energy costs by expediting the process of obtaining an offshore drilling permit. 



 * Passed the House by a vote of 255-166 on June 22, 2011


8)     The Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act (H.R 2018) - Prevents the federal government from interfering with a state's water quality program once that state has already met existing federal standards; thereby eliminating needless red tape and tinkering by bureaucrats. 



* Passed the House by a vote of 239 to 184 on July 13, 2011 



9)     The Consumer Financial Protection Safety and Soundness Improvement Act of 2011 (H.R. 1315)- Improves consumer protection and provides greater economic stability by allowing the Financial Stability Oversight Council to vote to set aside any harmful federal regulation. 



* Passed the House by a vote of 241-173 on July 21, 2011 



10)     The North American-Made Energy Security Act (H.R. 1938)- Promotes job creation and energy security by ending the needless delay of the construction and operation of the Keystone XL pipeline. 



* Passed the House by a vote of 279-147 on July 26, 2011


11)     The Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587) - Seeks to guarantee private companies the flexibility to develop their businesses in the state that offers the best opportunities for growth, job creation and stability. 



* Passed the House by a vote of 238-186 on September 15, 2011 


12)     The Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts (TRAIN) Act (H.R. 2401) - establishes an interagency committee to evaluate the economic impacts of EPA regulations and delay the final dates for both the maximum achievable control technology (Utility MACT) standards and the cross-state air pollution rule (CSAPR) until the full impact has been studied. Both regulations would cost consumers and businesses $184 billion from 2011-2030 and would skyrocket electrical prices. 


* Passed the House by a vote of 249-169 on September 23, 2011 



13)     The Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 2681)- provides a stay of the EPA's overly burdensome rules and allows for the implementation of effective regulation that protects communities both environmentally and economically.



* Passed the House by a vote of 262-161 on October 6, 2011


14)     The EPA Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 2250)- alleviates the excessive regulatory burden placed on employers by the EPA's Boiler MACT rules, potentially costing companies $14 billion and 224,000 American jobs, and replacing them with sensible, achievable rules that do not destroy jobs. 



* Passed the House by a vote of 275-142 on October 13, 2011 


15)     The Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2273)- bipartisan legislation providing consistent, safe management of coal combustion residuals in a way that protects jobs and encourages recycling and beneficial use. 


* Passed the House by a vote of 276-144 on October 14, 2011 




Call your Senator today and tell them to start moving on American job creation!  



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Information courtesy of Office of Majority Whip, United States House of Representatives

Republican Jobs Plan Takes Major Step Forward with Passage of Three Free Trade Agreements 



On Wednesday, October 12, 2011, both the House and Senate finally passed three free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama. The free trade agreements were negotiated under President Bush's administration but were tabled for years due to stalling from Democrats and labor organizations.


Republicans have long maintained that the free trade agreements must be passed in order to create new American jobs. The treaties will benefit the U.S as economies like that of South Korea have far more barriers to U.S exports than the U.S. puts on their imports.


The largest agreement with South Korea could potentially create about 70,000 jobs domestically and help to increase US exports by more than $10 billion.   The combined deals are estimated to boost U.S. exports by at least $13 billion to the three countries.  The International Trade Commission says the free trade agreements could create 250,000 jobs in the United States as a result.


All three trade agreements have now been sent to President Obama to be signed and could go into effect in the next few months.  


Congress also passed a program in conjunction with the free trade agreements that would provide financial aid and retraining assistance for U.S. workers who lose their jobs due to trade. 

Final Vote Count




300-129 in favor of Panama

278-151 in favor of South Korea

262-167 in favor of Colombia




83-15 in favor or South Korea

77-22 in favor of Panama

66-33 in favor of Colombia