Senate Republicans unveil alternative jobs bill
October 13th, 2011
05:12 PM ET
9 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. Len

    Let us not forget that the Bus Tax cuts and deregulation got us into this mess!!!! (Also not paying for TWO WARS). Let us not repeat the same mistakes. We need a balanced approach.....cut spending, close tax loopholes, end the Bush tax cuts for the upper 1% (millionaires, billionaires), improve education and rebuild our infrastructure. The Dems and GOP need to work together for ALL AMERICANS!

    October 13, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Leroy

    Let's face it – the GOP simply doesn't get it! They need to be voted out of office "en mass" in 2012!

    October 13, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Scott S.

    Somehow, I knew what was going to be in this bill before I read it. When will people learn that cutting taxes doesn't work? How long do we have to see our jobs shipped overseas, our rich get enormously richer, and our middle class continue to shrink before we realize that cutting taxes does not create jobs?

    The day we let businesses do whatever the hell they want is the day we turn into those Asian countries that have horrible living conditions due to pollution and tons of people who get paid absolutely nothing to do everything. Then our children can go to work in a hot, dangerous, unsanitary environment and make 20 cents an hour. That's borderline tyranny. While we're at it, let's repeal the law against monopolies. Then Wal-Mart can own the country.

    October 13, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Joe momma

    Why do I feel sick every time a Republican politician explains how they would help create jobs. They shouldn't just be rounded up and fired as a group they should be tarred and feathered for what they continue to do to this country.

    Lets pollute the rivers, maim and kill the people, and force everyone to work for slave wages because that is apparently the way to wealth in this country or as the Republican politicians like to say, let's deregulate industry, stop malpractice lawsuits of incompetent doctors, and destroy unions and all workers rights to a safe workplace.

    God help us all.

    October 13, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Bob

    Obama's jobs bill is not paid for we will pay on it for the next 10 years. That is not paid for that is paying on it. The Democrats are for closing the tax breaks for the rich and businesses just like the Republicans, then you can lower the tax rate a little and the government gets more money and lowers taxes we all win. Obama's plan to almost 500 billion to hopefully get 1.9 million jobs equals about 250,000 dollars per job and that is if it actually works unlike the last stimulus bill.

    October 13, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. kayla

    off with their heads

    October 13, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. billy

    Seems like the same junk they always propose. Tax breaks for corporations and millionaires, tax hikes on the middle class.

    October 13, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. dan

    This is more of the usual Republican hot air, nothing more. No mention of actual jobs and support to create jobs. It's just a bunch of partisan blather. You would think they could do better, but it's not in their DNA, I guess.

    October 13, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Wow cut taxes and regulations. What an innovative idea from the GOP. *Yawn*

    October 13, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. Frank

    The same old crap that hasn't worked since the '80's. Is anyone surprised. I can't wait until the news gets a hold of this crap. Better yet I can't wait until the economist score this. I'm curious how many jobs this will create. I can't wait to see them run on this plan??? The Dems will definately take back the House in Nov 2012.

    October 13, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Bob

    Why are the businesses going to other countries?

    1. Highest corporate tax rate in the world
    2. Too many government regulations (There has to be some but it is out of control)
    3. Cheap labor

    If we are able to fix the first two those businesses can compete globally and will keep the money and jobs here in the US. Otherwise our jobs will continue to go overseas. Forcing them to pay more taxes, forcing them to be unionized, and keep stopping their projects with red tape will only hurt the economy not help it.

    October 13, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. Marcus

    "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."

    Excuse me but aren't you guys about a whole year late with this?
    The campaign adds of last year said that 'JOBS' was going to be 'Top Priority' if/once you guys got elected or (in your case) re-elected. ONE YEAR AGO!!!
    If that is your idea of 'Top Priority' I don't wanna know what is 'Low Priority' for you guys.

    October 13, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. Positive

    What nonsense! It's just the same tired, failed Republican policies. Tax cuts for the wealthy, deregulate for the corporations. Doesn't help the economy, in fact, it harms it. Doesn't create a single job. It shows they don't think much of our intelligence to imagine we don't see this.

    Vote out every single Republican in 2012 so we can get this country on track again!

    October 13, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  14. Marcus

    And another thing, could you guys come up with an idea that wasn't already tested and failed?
    Tax cuts – tested during GWB = few more jobs in the US.
    De-regulation – tested during GWB years = mortgage and subprime crisis was caused because of that.
    Reform malpractice laws – OK it's a good idea due to the abuse seen in the past decade BUT the Republicans attempt to do that have so far been outrageous at best...
    And on and on.

    October 13, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. Thad

    I remember made in america what happened the republican party thats what happened

    October 13, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. catmom


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

    October 13, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |

    And clearly the Bush tax cuts and deregulation during the eight years of Bush's reign didn't work. I mean seriously, if cutting taxes and deregulating, the Republicans ONLY policy actually worked then we wouldn't be where we are today. Where are the jobs Republicans?

    Come on Republican supporters, Republicans won the 2010 elections by telling you people they had the answers, they knew what to do to fix the economy and create jobs. What have they done? Concentrating on and doing everything they can to make President Obama a one term President. Know what that means? Making Americans suffer.

    October 13, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    More Ideological Circle Jerk from the Nihilist Party.

    October 13, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  18. Wayne

    Ok..this is good. So now people have a clear choice. To sum up the GOP plan..NO RULES and NO TAXES for big business and the wealthy.

    I guess they think if they take away rules and taxes it will create American jobs??? Not true. It will still be cheaper to do business in China. They have no minimum wage, no child labor laws, no nothing. We dont even want to compete with that.

    They should let independent groups score the GOP plan. Which one would create more jobs? Obama's plan to hire teachers and give tax breaks ONLY when a company hires an American...OR the GOP plan..which gives tax breaks but they get the break whether they hire an American or not.

    October 13, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  19. Taylor

    Reublicans are such a waste. I dont see how any person can vote for a Republican.

    October 13, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  20. Wayne

    How will Republicans pay for it?

    October 13, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  21. JohnLocke

    They are all the dem and repub, I'm tired of people buying into this false left right paradigm. If you are against corporatism you have to be against big government that enables it. And Schumer with the old pay for tax cuts line. Look Chuckie you don't pay for tax cuts, that isn't your money in the first place buddy! The idea we have to pay for tax cuts is based on the belief the government owns us and the fruits of our labor. Of course democrats have no problem with that since they are nationalist fascists! Vote em' all out!

    October 13, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  22. MTATL67

    Republicans came up with a jobs bill in response to the President. You have got to be kidding me. The GOP only came up with a jobs bill in an attempt to make the President look bad. I have read through the GOP job proposals. "We've got lots of proposals - and we've had lots of proposals. We've put them together now [in a bill], and that's our plan." Sen. McCain. Why the heck did the Republicans wait to put these proposals into a bill. Some of what is proposed has merit. Others like those of extremist Sen. DeMint pure extremist BS no merit what so ever. One has nothing to do with jobs what so ever. It is the darn Kentucky squirrel BS – Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act – (S.1528, Sen. Johanns) . You thought the Debt Disaster was bad. These two would weight Congress down in bureaucratic debate to the point they wouldn't be able to leave the Capital building – Regulation Moratorium and Jobs Preservation Act – (S.1438, Sen. Ron Johnson) & Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS Act) – (S.299, Sen. Paul). The Republicans have failed again.

    October 13, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    More reheated manure from the GOBP deathcult. None of those ideas would create jobs and many would actually result in greater job losses. These 1%ers expect the rest of us to take them seriously, yet it's "plans" like this that demonstrate the disdain the GOBP has for the rest of us. Caring for the greedy and not the needy is not the basis for creating jobs or for a viable political party.

    October 13, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. Leo

    Ok I just got a call from a republican survey asking me how I would rate the United States Government on how they are handling the jobs bill and the economy. First question was on a scale of 1 to 5 how would I rate the congress as a whole? My answer was 3. Next question how would I rate the way the Democratic Party is handling the House? Answer 3 ok. Next question How would I handle the way the Republican part is handling the House? my answer 1, the response did not understand the answer please reply again, I aster 1 again, sorry invalid answer please answer again, I answer 1 again, the phone hangs up on me??? Is their how the Republican party is getting the answers they want? By not giving us the option to choose our own answers???

    October 13, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. Cody

    I like bits and pieces from both plans. I am not going to pretend I know what will make our economy strong again, nor will I argue with others that think they do. Just try a damn plan, and see if it works.

    October 13, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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