Jobs: what is congress doing?
April 25th, 2011
01:20 PM ET
11 years ago

Jobs: what is congress doing?

Capitol Hill (CNN) – Where are members of Congress in week two of recess? Working more on their jobs resume. A sampling from Monday: Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, signed up for the classic tour of a manufacturing plant, Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-New Jersey, checked in with a local economic group (bonus points that the group has "Main Street" in its name) and Sen. Kay Hagan, D-North Carolina, tweeted from a hope-inducing announcement of a multimillion research/technology project.

Congress is certainly talking jobs and standing near jobs. But what are lawmakers doing about them?

In this week's American Sauce, we dig into issue number one. No, not the royal wedding. We look at: 1. What exactly could Congress be doing, right now, about jobs? and 2. What has this Congress done? What have lawmakers even proposed?

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. ConservaFascists -aka- Mammon

    This Republican House has not introduced a jobs bill. There idea of a jobs bill is more tax cuts for the rich(The Ryan Bill).

    April 25, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Congress is certainly talking jobs and standing near jobs. But what are lawmakers doing about them?

    N O T H I N G. They are too busy talking about the following:
    Abortion
    I'm running/maybe I'm running/I'm setting up an exploratory committee
    Gas prices
    Birth certificates
    Repeal HCR

    All of them need to be thrown out.

    April 25, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. ASingh

    This congress is all about running a political agenda than working for american people.

    April 25, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Good question. Laws start in the House, are approved in the Senate, and are signed into the law by the POTUS.

    The Republican House has not passed any legislation that would promote jobs. When the Democrats controlled the House, jobs legislation was passed and filibustered in Senate by Republicans.

    Tha's what Congress has been doing for the past 2 years.

    April 25, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. B

    After their Spring -break they will start again with their strategy to defeat each other with lies and misinformation, what else !

    April 25, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    What's Congress been doing? By the end of April, this week, they will have taken 5 weeks worth of recess since the swearing in of new members in January. Their on recess right now. Did you know that?

    April 25, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. KcufOff

    What are they doing? They are trying to figure out how to not count the unemployed. Just don't count long time unemployed and you can report a smaller than actual percentage of unemployed Americans. They are looking for more categories to undercount or just plain ignore.

    This has worked so well with unemployment, they are now using the same idea for reporting the inflation rate. They don't count food and energy prices when determining the inflation rate.

    How much longer are we going to put up with the insults?

    April 25, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Scott F

    The one positive thing is that they will be one timers because of their hypocrisy and/or lack of empathy for disadvantaged people.THey are so full of themselves it is repugnant.

    April 25, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. MM

    This goes out to Republicans and Democrats, it is not so easy when you're in the driver's seat when it comes to creating jobs. I am not an expert by no means but I feel that if there is not an adequate supply and demand for goods and services, companies will not hire no matter how big or small the company. Tax cuts along won't do it and neither will the push for "green" jobs, until the consumer has a need for your product it is just going to sit on the shelf.

    April 25, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Bob in PA

    The question is what will Obama and Harry Reid allow Congress to do about Jobs?

    April 25, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Name king

    When will these repugs stop being sideline commentators, and down and dirty trying to bring what they campaigned on and drag obama on, did you repugs forgot a out jobs Jobs jobs. I Amman
    Azerbaijan that the press is not tackling this issue. I know the repugs are trying to dodge the American people by jumping on the budget deficit train. I wonder when will the American people realized that they are getting played by the repugs, oh sorry I forgot the people they are catering to, don't like reality, but give them a dose of trump and his unrational drama, with that birthed stuff, that's what they love. How the hell can a state give it's citizen their original birth certificate. What kind of proof will they possess to prove that they are American citizen, A COPY! These people are getting more backward as the days go on.

    April 25, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. ja

    what is congress doimg, Nothing at all, partisan polictics at the voters expense, all should be reprimanded, not paid, and when paid, paid by results,

    April 25, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The Republican Congress is doing what they are supposed to do, exactly what "they" want to do and if that amounts to nothing, then so be it. They were voted in by the people and that's all that matters, so eat dirt if you don't like it.

    April 25, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. RKP

    You are forgetting the most obvious thing that congress could do to create jobs. 1. Stop the flood of jobs that are being outsourced by repealing the tax incentives given to companies that do outsource and implement new taxes that would be imposed on companies that continue to outsource ( there are between 30 and 40 million more american jobs that can still be outsourced). 2. Pass new tariffs on all products coming into this country that are produced by foreign workers. This will level the playing field for American workers and incent companies to move their work back the the good old USA. This is the only way we will ever get our economy back on track and restore the middle class.

    April 25, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. GOP = Greed Over People

    Not a hell of a lot!

    All the GOP has done is pass anti-abortion, failed attempt to repeal Obamacare and the "Pathway to Poverty" bill in which Paul requests ANOTHER 4 TRILLION dollars worth of tax credits for the rich.

    If "trickle down" economics worked, then after 10 years of such idiotic actions we would be at full employment and have solved the immigration problem because we would need them as well. We certainly could be talking about social issues IF the "voodoo" economics were a viable platform.

    Instead, the middle classes continues to get pissed on again by the GOP, while be super rich just keep drinking that champagne!

    April 25, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Richard T.

    Why worry about jobs? The GOP seems focused on attacking the poor, women and seniors. Oh, I really mean protecting the wealthy. Oh, I mean doing anything, and I mean anything to get elected. Oh, I mean behaving like thugs. Such vermin are the GOP and the reactionary so called christian right and TEA Pottiers.

    April 25, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Jobs: what is congress doing?
    -------------------------------------------------–
    Same thing I'm doing: not a damn thing!

    April 25, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. david bidlack

    DOES ANYBODY THINK THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO DO ANY THING ABOUT JOBS! they are very clear about their ideology that it is not the job of goverment to creat jobs. they have only one goal and thats to promote their failed ideology of supply side economics , smaller goverment and their trickle down on the people experiment! these guys have been beating this dead hourse idea clear back to when their hero ronald raegan and his morals blessed the sin of greed by saying that "greed is good because greed built this country." they have borrowed most of the social sucurity surplus to off set their spending . george w. bush borrowed $674 billion from the account in just the last year in office. if you add what he borrowed to what the deficit was in 2008 you would find that the real deficit was the first trillion dollar deficit. when republicans say that sicial sucurity needs to be on the table its not because it has anything to do with the deficit its CODE for they have no intentions of paying back the I.O.U.s in the account of $2.5 trillion. the republicans gave the surplus the baby boomers paid in to help with their retirement to tax cuts for the rich!

    April 25, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. rusty155

    The Republican are doing nothing at all. The are to worry about Paul Ryan PLAN , that Is a Bunch of Crap. Just reminder All the Republican In the House voted for this plan that Is a Bunch of crap. Get rid Of Republican and Tea Party people In 2012. The Republican plan for Jobs, Is To EXTENSION of the bush Tax cuts. they haven't work for six Years. Why would you think It will work now. After six years If IT haven't work It not going to. All It doing Is making the RICH even RICHER.

    April 25, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. gt

    easy... cut usless regulations... free up credit...give tax breaks to company"s who open or hire workers here... convert long haul trucks to natural gas... drill in alaska and in the gulf...

    April 25, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Ken, AZ

    I sure do hope Virginia Foxx gets that manufacturing job. That would be one less idiot in the congress.

    April 25, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. they call me "tater salad"

    How many breaks and recesses does Congress need?!..........WTF? get to work you bunch of overpaid, free-loading, do-nothing, deadbeat douche bags, and EARN your effing lavish salaries, pensions, and free socialized Healthcare plans that MY tax dollars PAY FOR, losers!!!!!

    April 25, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. diridi

    zero...GOP is going after Medicare after saying no....o.k, whom they are making believe, uneducated, ohio, florida, iowa????do not believe these idiotic GOP...........

    April 25, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. ZRab

    Mr. Deniro: Others already said that, and I hope you'll hear our voice: Don't react. Mr. Donald Trup doesn't even deserve a second of your valuable time. Please continue to focus on your art.

    Mr. Trump: When I first heard that you were possibly running, I wanted to vote for you. Since then, the more you talk and the more you do something the more convince I am that I was so wrong at the beginning. America is not for sale. You can't say "You are fired!" to the American voters. But guess what: They can fire you, and I'm positive they will do just that.

    April 25, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. obama victim

    and if Barry gets his way with raising corporate taxes, there will be even fewer jobs.. Raise taxes on campanies, and they just cut expenses...i.e people.........so how is that "hope and change" working out for the unemployed??

    April 25, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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