Senate Republicans unveil alternative jobs bill
October 13th, 2011
05:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate Republicans unveil alternative jobs bill

Washington (CNN) - A group of Republican senators unveiled job creation legislation Thursday that is designed to be a policy and political counterpoint to the Democratic measures President Obama has pressured Republicans to pass.

Built around well-known GOP principles to shrink the footprint of Washington on the economy by cutting taxes, spending, and federal regulations, Republicans believe having actual legislation they can point to will weaken the president's charge that Republicans aren't doing enough to create jobs.

"I'll freely admit to you, part of this is a response to the president saying that we don't have a proposal," said Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona. "We have lots of proposals and we've had lots of proposals. We've put them together now and they're out there and that's our plan."

"This is the alternative," said Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.

McCain said the bill will "act as a blueprint to bring our country back economically" and explained that while Democrats rely on government spending to revive the economy, "we believe we can create jobs through (economic) growth."

The GOP plan reads like a laundry list of GOP priorities. It would require a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution; reduce the highest personal income tax rate to 25% and require reform and simplification of the tax code. It would repeal so-called "Obamacare," reform malpractice laws, and scrap the Dodd-Frank reforms passed after the financial crisis. It would also curtail Washington's ability to regulate the private sector through a moratorium on new regulations and by requiring more input from Congress on the regulations issued by government agencies.

Democrats derided the GOP plan and charged that it would not create jobs.

"This is a political fig leaf that would likely add to the deficit while doing nothing to create jobs," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York. "Anyone who actually talks to real Americans knows that they don't support laying off teachers and cops to pay for tax breaks for millionaires, as Senate Republicans voted to do this week."


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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Debbie

    Blah, blah, blah. Same old. Same old.

    October 13, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. jackal & jester

    I just would like to see if placed on an island how long would I take before republicans and democrats realize they need to work together. Though on the island they are more likely to die due to lack of healthcare.

    October 13, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. one voice

    Cutting taxes for the MEGA RICH and DE-REGULATION is what got us into trouble in the first place, WHY PUT OUR HEADS UP OUR BACKSIDES ONE MORE TIME?

    October 13, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. midleclssfan

    Do the country a favor and vote a Democratic House of Representatives, Senate and Presidency in 2012. Vote Democrate at every opportunity.

    October 13, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    "I'll freely admit to you, part of this is a response to the president saying that we don't have a proposal," said Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona. "We have lots of proposals and we've had lots of proposals. We've put them together now and they're out there and that's our plan."

    The truth hurts doesn't it? Lazy, good for nothing SOBs.

    Another useless plan engraved in gold to help millionaires. Nothing less, nothing more.

    October 13, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. Thad

    They riding the cut taxes stop regulations and let poor and old people die off. Now that will create jobs. Gravediggers wanted hire on the spot. If they get their way gravedigging will be the only jobs they create.

    October 13, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Connie in Tn.

    How quick we forget how we got into this mess!! There is no such thing as "trickle down" so the 99% are not going to be rich!! Vote for a Democratic congress so we can move ahead.

    October 13, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. JB

    Yawn. Games on one side. Games on the other. Democrats still don't think that whole trillions of debt thing matters and will continue to throw money at problems until there is no money. Not sure what to characterize the neo-cons as. Both of them are a waste and continue to damage this country.

    October 13, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. jon

    well clearly obama's plans are not working....

    October 13, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. Sandy

    How did I know it was going to be deregulation and tax cuts? LOL

    Put their plan against President Obama's. Whose plan would create jobs? Tax cuts and deregulation or a plan that actually puts people to work rebuilding America?

    October 13, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. Saboth

    What a shock. Lower taxes on the rich and less regulations so they can take more advantage of our environment and workers. At what point will the corporations decide to hire? 10 billion profit? 25 billion? 100 billion? How much do they need before they finally pay their workers what they are worth, and stop overloading them? Republicans act as if they are champions of small business, but rarely does anything they pass work for anyone but the ultra rich and global corporations, who keep hoarding the profit instead of passing it along. Remember a few weeks ago when the FAA stopped collecting taxes on airfares? Did the airlines pass it on? No, they charged normal fares and pocketed the difference. You think these corporations will pass on any tax savings to customers or actually hire?

    October 13, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Chris

    How does limiting medical malpractice lawsuits create jobs? And further deregulating the financial industry? What, so we can bail them out again after they continue to act recklessly?

    Complete garbage. We need to vote these idiots out of office.

    October 13, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Carol

    This is a joke, right?

    October 13, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. gg

    where have i seen this plan before let me think

    October 13, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. NYC REPUB

    ok where can I read this at?

    October 13, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    More tax cuts? Has anyone ever seen a tax cut build a road, fix a bridge or even fill one pothole?!? The GOP is just giving us the same principles that got us into this mess. Their new idea now is the Balanced budget Amendment. Really?!? Just how would they pay for their unfunded wars or disaster relieve or so many other things that can't be budgeted for? The GOP can't seem to get real or create one job. The GOP has been in charge of the House for 10 months now and they haven't created one single job. Their friends, you know the so-called job creators have had their tax breaks for 10 years now, so why is there a job shortage? Their logic is upside down and backwards.

    October 13, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. vic , nashville ,tn

    GOP jobs bill in one line "repeal all the Bill passed from 2009 January to 2010 December"

    October 13, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. seriously???

    Yeah. Roll back environmental regulations and taxes to 1886 levels. Don't forget to eliminate the minimum wage completely so companies can have us compete with Bangladesh's .25 cents a day wages.

    October 13, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. myoung68

    Your joking right.................

    October 13, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. NYC REPUB

    JB

    Yawn. Games on one side. Games on the other. Democrats still don't think that whole trillions of debt thing matters and will continue to throw money at problems until there is no money. Not sure what to characterize the neo-cons as. Both of them are a waste and continue to damage this country.
    -------------------------------------------------
    You've really got to catch up on current events. The jobs bill is paid for by a 5.6% surtax tax on those making over 1 million dollars a year. PAID for!

    October 13, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Raymond

    Republican Games
    You know it is amazing how so many do not understand the real issue. The issue here is love of the United States of America. If a Corporation or person enjoys the benefits supplied by the USA (roads, police force, fire department, bridges, railroads and so on) and does not feel an obligation to help support these systems to maintain their quality needed. Then they should not live in the USA.
    Corporations use are infrastructure they should be proud to help support it! Old saying applies here for all USA love it or leave it. Taxes and paying your fair share is showing your PATRIOTISM. Lack of will to pay for bettering the USA shows a lack of PATRIOTISM and as such they should be told to leave! The country will be better off without these freeloaders.

    October 13, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. TomCA

    I dont see anything there that would create jobs. It just looks like a return to the Bush era policies that got us into this mess.

    October 13, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  23. cf

    I don't see ONE THING about jobs in this supposed "jobs" proposal from the Republicans. Just more of the same anti-Obama, repeal everything, put-the-country-back-into-the ditch rhetoric that they've been spouting since day one.

    October 13, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  24. midwestmoderate

    They demand that President Obama works with Senate Republicans to pass their legislation yet completely disregard the Office of the President and refuse to work with President Obama on his ideas to create jobs because they know that they will actually work. They would not want this as they have stated multiple times that their #1 goal during this legislative year is to guarantee that President Obama is a one-term president, so that they can repeal every piece of legislation he has signed which will effectively enter us into a depression while Republicans and their corporate buddies enjoy the fortunes they have amassed at the expense of the middle class.

    October 13, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. Shawn in MD

    STILL! Of all the explanations and strategy stated by McCain, how will ANY OF THESE CREATE JOBS???

    "a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution;" How will this create JOBS?
    "require reform and simplification of the tax code." How will this create JOBS?
    "requiring more input from Congress on the regulations issued by government agencies" How will this create JOBS?

    He says ""we believe we can create jobs through (economic) growth."
    But he doesnt say HOW? just sound bites! So like republicans!

    The only thing that is related to jobs is (according to the republicans) is:
    " reduce the highest personal income tax rate to 25%"
    But isnt this the same old mantra that replublicans are saying? Cut taxes for the rich and it creates jobs. WAS'NT THIS PROVED WRONG in the last 10 years? What did the Bush tax cuts do? Where are the jobs?

    October 13, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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