GOP talks 'Forgotten 15'; Obama cites own measures
October 29th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
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GOP talks 'Forgotten 15'; Obama cites own measures

Washington (CNN) - The Republican strategy for job creation strengthens the economy through a specific type of American: the business owner, Illinois Rep. Bobby Schilling said Saturday in the party's weekly address.

"Our plan looks at the problem from the view of the small businesspeople, and works to clear out barriers to job creation by addressing excessive regulations, fixing our tax code and closing loopholes, and paying down our debt," Schilling said.

Schilling shed light on a set of jobs bills Republicans dubbed "the forgotten 15," since he says they "are stuck in the Democratic-led Senate" even though they received bipartisan approval in the House.

"These bills are common-sense bills that address those excessive federal regulations that are hurting small business job creation," he said.

In the White House weekly address, President Obama summarized Saturday the measures he's introduced recently to rebuild "an economy where everyone has the chance to succeed."

For the homeowner, he spoke of the "new policy that will help families whose home values have fallen refinance their mortgages."

"We're making it easier for veterans to get jobs putting their skills to work in hospitals and community health centers," he explained, referencing the initiative he introduced in August to help former members of the military find jobs.

Addressing the growing concerns of younger Americans, Obama made note of his ">measure that aims to reform "the student loan process so more young people can get out of debt faster."

Both addresses expressed concern about the inaction of the other party to move legislation through both chambers of Congress at a suitable pace.

"The Senate won't give these bills a vote, and the president hasn't called for action," Schilling decried, referring to the "forgotten 15."

The president also expressed frustration about what he called a lack of urgency on the part of the Republican Party to debate his jobs measures, even though they received bipartisan backing in the past.

"Over and over, they have refused to even debate the same kind of jobs proposals that Republicans have supported in the past," Obama said.

"Somehow, they found time this week to debate things like whether or not we should mint coins to celebrate the Baseball Hall of Fame. Meanwhile, they're only scheduled to work three more weeks between now and the end of the year," Obama added, criticizing the GOP's focus.

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  1. sensible

    "These bills are common-sense bills that address those excessive federal regulations that are hurting small business job creation," he said.

    Yeah, like pollution or food safety standards....who needs that? Why should the government tell industry not to pollute....they need their profits!!!!

    October 29, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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