Issue Report ● *American Jobs Act
For Immediate Release: 
November 4, 2011
Contact Info: 

Katie GrantDaniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

Today’s jobs report shows that we need to take action on jobs immediately. But after more than 300 days in the majority, Republicans have done little to address job creation despite their repeated claims that they would focus on Americans’ top priorities: creating jobs and growing the economy. However, Republican rhetoric doesn’t match their actions.
Here’s a look at the numbers:
0: Number of comprehensive jobs plans Republicans have put forward after being in the majority for more than 300 days.
3: Number of times Republicans voted for a budget that ends Medicare and would likely cut jobs, due to the deep cuts in investments in areas like infrastructure and education.
3: Number of times Republicans voted to undermine critical consumer protections, leaving consumers and the U.S. financial system vulnerable to the risks that led to the 2008 financial crisis and resulted in record job loss.
4: Number of times Republicans voted to restrict women’s health care access – which has nothing to do with jobs.
5: Number of times Republicans  voted to keep unnecessary subsidies for oil companies making record profits.
7: Number of times GOP leaders claimed they would focus on jobs but then took action on partisan bills that won’t create jobs.
14: Number of times Republicans voted to repeal patient protections and put insurance companies back in control of health care – and has no impact on jobs. 
17: Number of times Republicans have voted against Democratic initiatives to create jobs.
62: Number of House Republicans that are co-sponsoring a Make It In America bill that would hold other countries accountable for engaging in currency manipulation and ensure our businesses have a level playing field. GOP leadership refuses to bring this jobs bill to the Floor for a vote.
170: Number of times Republicans voted to roll back critical environmental protections – which economists say will not create jobs.
Nearly 2 Million: Jobs that would be created by the American Jobs Act, which Republicans refuse to bring to the Floor, despite the fact that it is a paid-for proposal that includes ideas Republicans have supported in the past.
The numbers make it clear that Republicans have spent too much time on partisan bills that won’t create jobs and too little time focused on helping put Americans back to work. Rather than pursue a partisan agenda, it’s time for Republicans to work with Democrats on the American Jobs Act and the Make It In America plan – bipartisan proposals that will boost our economy and create jobs now.

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