Weekly Republican Address – Many Bills, One Focus: Jobs
In this week’s Republican address, the authors of more than a dozen House-passed jobs bills call on President Obama and Senate Democrats to act and match the House’s focus on the economy.
At the conclusion of the address, Education & the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) says, “These are only some of the many bills we’ve passed to provide new hope to families, workers, and students across the country. More are in the works. Because our focus, day in and day out, is on building a stronger economy and a better America. It’s time for President Obama and Senate Democrats to step up and make that their priority too.”
Weekly Republican Address
Speaker’s Ceremonial Office
May 10, 2014
House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI): “Nothing is more important than preserving the American Dream for our kids and grandkids. That’s why Republicans are relentlessly focused on building a strong economy that produces good jobs and lasting opportunities. The trouble is, that task gets harder and harder each time the powers-that-be in Washington won’t act on a good idea. Here’s what I mean.
“I’m Dave Camp from Michigan. 14 months ago, the House passed H.R. 890, my bill to protect reforms that have helped thousands of welfare recipients find jobs and lift their families out of poverty. Americans are still waiting for President Obama and Senate Democrats to act.”
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC): “I’m Virginia Foxx from North Carolina. 14 months ago, the House passed H.R. 803, my bill to help more American workers gain the skills and education necessary to compete for in-demand jobs. Americans are still waiting for President Obama and the Senate Democrats to act.”
Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE): “Hello, I’m Lee Terry from Nebraska. 12 months ago, the House passed H.R 3, my bill to build the Keystone XL pipeline and support more than 42,000 direct and indirect jobs. Americans are still waiting for the president and the Senate Democrats to act. It’s time to build the Keystone pipeline.”
Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL): “I’m Martha Roby from Alabama. 12 months ago, the House passed my bill H.R. 1406, to allow private sector workers to take advantage of the comp time benefits public employees enjoy. Americans are still waiting for President Obama and Senate Democrats to act.”
Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV):“Hi, I’m Mark Amodei from Nevada. Eight months ago, the House passed H.R. 761, my bill to facilitate the development of strategic and critical minerals used to support American manufacturing jobs. Americans are still waiting for President Obama and the Senate Democrats to act.”
Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX): “Hi, I’m Bill Flores from Texas. Seven months ago, the House passed H.R. 2481, my bill to provide our servicemembers with tools that will help them find good jobs when they return home. Americans are still waiting for President Obama and the Senate Democrats to act.”
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO): “I’m Doug Lamborn from Colorado. Six months ago, the House passed H.R. 1965, my bill to make it easier to develop our resources so we can lower energy costs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Americans are still waiting for President Obama and Senate Democrats to act.” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA): “I’m Bob Goodlatte from Virginia. Five months ago, the House passed H.R. 3309, my bill to promote innovation and job creation by helping businesses defend themselves against abusive patent litigation. Americans are still waiting for President Obama and Senate Democrats to act.”
Rep. George Holding (R-NC):“I’m George Holding from North Carolina. Ten weeks ago, the House passed H.R. 2804, my bill to rein in red tape and increase the transparency of new regulations so small businesses can better plan ahead. Americans are still waiting for President Obama and Senate Democrats to act.” Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL): “I’m Rodney Davis from Illinois. Eight weeks ago, the House passed H.R. 3474, my bill that would incentivize small businesses to hire more of our veterans. Americans are still waiting for President Obama and Senate Democrats to act.” Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH): “I’m Bill Johnson from Ohio. Six weeks ago, the House passed H.R. 2824, my bill to fight back against the administration’s War on Coal that’s destroying jobs and causing electricity prices to skyrocket. Americans are still waiting for President Obama and Senate Democrats to act.” Rep. Todd Young (R-IN): “I’m Todd Young from Indiana. Five weeks ago, the House passed H.R. 2575, my bill to restore the working hours and wages that millions of part-time employees lost because of Obamacare. Americans are still waiting for President Obama and Senate Democrats to act.” Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX): “I’m Kevin Brady from Texas. Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 4438, my bill to permanently extend the research & development tax credit so we can keep good ideas and good jobs right here at home.” House Education & the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN): “I’m John Kline from Minnesota. Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 10, my bill to strengthen charter schools and encourage more choice and opportunity in our education system. “These are only some of the many bills we’ve passed to provide new hope to families, workers, and students across the country. More are in the works. Because our focus, day in and day out, is on building a stronger economy and a better America. It’s time for President Obama and Senate Democrats to step up and make that their priority too. Thank you for listening, and of course, Happy Mother’s Day.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today named the seven Republican members of the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi. The Select Committee also provides for five Democratic members, and those names will be released when provided by the House Minority Leader. Boehner issued the following statement: “This investigation is about getting answers for the families of the victims and for the American people. These members have each demonstrated a commitment to this goal, and I have confidence that they will lead a serious, fact-based inquiry. As I have expressed to each of them, I expect this committee to carry out an investigation worthy of the American lives lost in Benghazi. I also urge my Democratic colleagues to treat this tragedy with the proper respect and appoint members so that we can finally, on a bipartisan basis, get answers, provide accountability, and help deliver justice. It is critical that this committee do its work in a focused, timely manner, so that the House can continue to make the economy and job creation its priorities.”
The Republican members of the Select Committee will be:
Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN)
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Chairman
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-K
Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL)
Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)
SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
Democrat Motion to Recommit – FAILED 191 – 209
Final Passage of H.R. 4366 — "To strengthen the Federal education research system to make research and evaluations more timely and relevant to State and local needs in order to increase student achievement." – PASSED 274 – 131
Kline (R-MN) – Amendment No. 1 – Makes technical corrections and improvements to the underlying bill text. –ADOPTED BY VOICE
Cassidy (R-LA) – Amendment No. 2 – Requires GAO to audit/track the dollars and examine if the money allocated from administrative costs is appropriate. – ADOPTED BY VOICE
Moore (D-WI) – Amendment No 4. – Establishes a two percent set-aside within state funds to provide oversight of the use of funds by charter schools. The two percent is taken from the quality authorizing set aside for the state grants. –FAILED BY VOICE
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Bass (D-CA), Marino (R-PA), McDermott (D-WA), Bachmann (R-MN) – Amendment No. 5 – Adds on p. 14, line 16 after all students “, including eliminating any barriers to enrollment for foster youth or unaccompanied homeless youth,”. This will ensure that there are no unnecessary barriers for foster youth in charter school enrollment and ensure the inclusion and retention of all students no matter the involvement or lack of involvement of parents. –ADOPTED BY VOICE
Messer (R-IN) – Amendment No. 6 – Requires state entities applying for Charter School Program grant funds to explain how they will work with eligible applicants within the state to encourage the opening, replication, and expansion of secondary charter schools. – ADOPTED BY VOICE
Grayson (D-FL), Clarke (D-NY), Wilson (D-FL) – Amendment No. 7 – Ensures that an application by a state entity to receive grants through the Charter School Program contains an assurance that charter schools will also measure student retention rates in their annual performance assessments – as well as graduation rates and student academic growth, as currently required by this bill. – NOT OFFERED
Sanchez, Loretta (D-CA) – Amendment No. 12 – Requires State entities to report on how they have worked with funded charter schools to foster community involvement. – ADOPTED BY VOICE
Castor (D-FL) – Amendment No. 3 – Requires the Secretary of the Department of Education to develop and enforce conflict of interest guidelines for all charter schools receiving federal assistance. Guidelines must include disclosures from anyone affiliated with the charter school that has a financial interest in the school. – REJECTED 190 – 205
Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 8 – Directs the website publication of materials on the websites of Charter Schools regarding student recruitment, orientation materials, enrollment criteria, student discipline policies, behavior codes, and parent contract requirements, which should include any financial obligations such as fees for tutoring, extra-circular activity etc. – REJECTED 179 – 220
Wilson (D-FL), Davis, Rodney (R-IL), Duckworth (D-IL), Grayson (D-FL), McKinley (R-WV), Fudge (D-OH) – Amendment No. 9 – Ensures charter schools will collect and disseminate the same information as traditional public schools that will help parents make informed decisions about education options for their children. –ADOPTED 373 – 32
Langevin (D-RI), Thompson (R-PA) – Amendment No. 10 – Adds comprehensive career counseling to the criteria that the Secretary will take into account when prioritizing grants to SEAs. – ADOPTED 378 – 27
Bonamici (D-OR) – Amendment No. 11 – Clarifies the reporting requirements of State entities by asking State entities to include efforts to share best and promising practices between charter schools and other schools, to the extent known, led to the adoption and implementation of best practices by such other public schools. – ADOPTED 363 – 41
In addition to passing two more jobs bills, the House of Representatives can report to the American people today that it has received another clean financial audit. House Administration Committee Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) made the announcement earlier:
“The House of Representatives continues to lead by example, hold ourselves accountable, and strengthen our protection of taxpayers’ dollars. I’m proud to report that the House has received a clean audit for fiscal year 2013. Under the strong leadership of Speaker John Boehner and with the dedicated professionalism of the entire House Operations Team, we have been able to keep the House in good financial standing. … We must strive to meet our mission of implementing the highest levels of accountability on our own day-to-day practices, and ensure that the House lives up to the promises made to the citizens of this nation.”
The Republican majority pledged to lead by example in protecting taxpayer dollars, and this audit is more proof we’re keeping our word. There’s no rest for the weary, of course, and the House voted just last week to continue holding the line on its own budget, putting us on track to save taxpayers $594 million.
Speaker Boehner’s commitment to keeping the House’s books in order dates back to 1992, when as part of the Gang of Seven, he first called for independent audits. In September 1999, as vice-chairman of the House Administration Committee, he stood with House leaders to announce the first-ever clean audit of the House’s books. “We, in the Congress of the United States,” he said, “are holding ourselves as accountable as anyone in the private sector would do. “ You can watch the full press conference here courtesy of the CSPAN video library.
- See more at: http://www.speaker.gov/general/clean-audit-people-s-house#sthash.gI50dn5Q.dpuf
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced he has appointed Dr. Daniel I. Mark of Villanova University and re-appointed Dr. Robert P. George to the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom. Dr. Mark will assume the commission seat being vacated by Elliott Abrams, whose term on the commission expires May 14. Dr. George, of Princeton University, was appointed by Speaker Boehner in 2012. Speaker Boehner issued the following statement:
“America has been a beacon of freedom and religious tolerance since declaring our independence 238 years ago. No other civilization in history as large as ours has so successfully balanced the rule of law with the freedom of conscience and religious expression. The goal of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is to highlight the serious threats to religious liberty throughout the world so the President and Congress can make wise policy decisions in response.
“I want to acknowledge outgoing commissioner Elliott Abrams and thank him for his valuable service. Elliott is an outstanding public official and a strong advocate of religious freedom.
“I am pleased to appoint Dr. Daniel I. Mark of Villanova University to the Commission. Daniel is a young, inspiring teacher and a meticulous academic. He is currently Assistant Professor of Political Science at Villanova University and is an emerging thought-leader who has spoken extensively about religious freedom in the U.S. and abroad.
“I am also pleased to re-appoint Dr. Robert P. George for another term on the Commission. Dr. George is a professor of law at Princeton University and one of America’s most well-respected and accomplished scholars. He is a strong, independent voice on the Commission and has been selected by his fellow commissioners to serve as Chair. Dr. George believes that in order for societies to flourish they must respect religious freedom and rights of conscience.”
NOTE: Dr. Daniel I. Mark is an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University. He teaches political theory, philosophy of law, American government, and politics and religion. At Villanova, he is a faculty associate of the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good. He is also an assistant editor of Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy. Daniel holds a BA, MA, and PhD from the Department of Politics at Princeton University. There, he was affiliated with the Witherspoon Institute, the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, the Program in Law and Public Affairs, and the Penn-Princeton Bioethics Forum. He works with the Tikvah Fund in New York and has taught at the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University. Before graduate school, he spent four years as a high school teacher.
Dr. Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. George attended Swarthmore College, Harvard Law School, and Oxford University. He is a prolific writer, debater, thought-leader, and musician.