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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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. ARTRaveler

    Under the national Chamber's overall plan for business, Congress should lose all of their benefits because they don't even qualify for "part-time" status. If they worked for business with their work ethic, they all would be fired.

    October 29, 2011 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  2. Eyes Are Really Open

    dictator obama wants to control your life dont let him, open your eyes prepare for revolution

    October 29, 2011 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  3. DixonIV

    Unfortunately they are not really looking at the "small business". They only have plans for their real supporters, the top 1%. Any small business person who isn't just looking to get rid of Obama will tell you they need customers. All the tax breaks in the world won't bring in more customers. They can send jobs overseas, but they can't bring their over priced products back if no one has a job.

    October 29, 2011 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  4. Izza Rollin

    The political ticker has become the repubican ticker. Why in the world does the republican response headline over the Presidential Weekly Address? Look at all of the other items in the ticker. The Democratic Party is actually a major force in this country and the only voice for the middle class. Sadly, CNN has become Faux Lite. Look at the message that CNN decided was more important to headline than the president's. The corporate diatribe "reduce taxes, reduce regulations, pay down the debt". Everyone of those has an impact on the middle class. I think the Occupy crowd is right "corporations own the media and will eventually own us all. " BTW, notice the electric cord plugged into that "clean coal". If you believe that corporate cr@p, you're already lost.

    October 29, 2011 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  5. Ron

    if you believe the small business owners will vote you into another term of office, keep thinking that way!

    October 29, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  6. nick

    GOPers are to busy focusing on running their two carnival shows(Presidential canidate debates and Congressional obstructionism) to work with Dems on the real important issues.

    October 29, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  7. Clwyd

    Yes, most of the bills the Senate refuses to pass are roll backs on regulations and safety standards that could make an even bigger windfall for the greedy corporations and businessmen!

    October 29, 2011 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Other than Sen. Ensign resigning for wrong doing, the republican party has done nothing for Americans. It is one thing for the GOP to create a Bush/republican economic disaster, but quite another for them to do nothing to help get us out of the mess. Republicans have been waging class warfare against the middle class for thirty years, and they will continue as they are all bought and paid for by big oil, big banks, Wall Street, billionaires and big corporations.

    October 29, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  9. GOP all Nuts

    Right! But why exactly these small business owners should create products when demand for these is so low. In the blind pursuit of their ideology, GOP is unable to grasp simple economics. No wonder Bush was able to transform a record surplus to record deficit.

    October 29, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  10. Anthony

    Funny, Republicans have not been talking about these bills either. What about the forgotten one, a jobs bill? Last years, Republicans campaigned on "jobs, jobs, jobs." Where is the Republican jobs bill? In case you are wondering, Republican bills that address their longtime policy priorities–lower taxes and deregulation–are not jobs bills. If they were, we would not have gotten into this recession under the Bush Administration.

    October 29, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  11. wgf

    I am a small business owner (for 32 years) and I see nothing in the Republican plans that would help me create jobs. Jobs are created when demand for products and services increase. Reducing government spending, de-unionizing workers, giving me more money in the form of tax breaks and eliminating regulations that I've had to deal with for 32 years will not help. I would gladly pay a little more in taxes if the return on that investment is a more vibrant economy.

    October 29, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  12. amlcpamaine

    It's simple: tax cuts and "trickle down" now have over 20 years of history under their belt and are nothing but failed rhetoric. Sure, give small businesses the tax cuts but only if they commit ON PAPER to employment goals. Sure, give small businesses the tax cuts but only SMALL and not HUGE companies with insanely compensated execs. The problem is that the GOP will never agree to such conditions because they know the truth of this hogwash: the 1% use the small business owners as fodder to support their own gains. If there were really a proposal that would work, it would look like the president's jobs bill (including positions the "old GOP" would support) but they'll kill it to kill him, even if they take out their voters with it. Schilling and his stooges are just that - stooges. And to use the public forums for this is cowardice.

    October 29, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  13. T'sah from Virginia

    ►The Republican strategy for job creation strengthens the economy through a specific type of American: the business owner..."

    But the Republicans forget – NOT everyone is a "business owner."

    ►"the forgotten 15... are stuck in the Democratic-led Senate" even though they received bipartisan approval in the House.◄

    Republican Bipartisan = All Republicans + 1 or 2 Democrats!!! The Republicans LIE all the time when they state they have "bipartisan" support.

    Obama 2012

    October 29, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  14. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    The GOBP deathcult's "jobs plan" has nothing to do with jobs. Tort reform does not create jobs. Deregulation does not create jobs. Tax cuts for the rich do not create jobs. And, needless to say, this sort of political manure-spreading does not create jobs. Perhaps the Greedy Old Pigs can also tell us how focusing on anti-abortion legislation creates jobs.

    October 29, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  15. diridi

    How many small businesses are creating jobs? Nation needs two badly, one, MANUFACTURING, second, AGRICULTURE. Two are the nation's necessities. Oil Independence, and stringent Immigration are there too....

    October 29, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  16. KatR

    What we're seeing today is a battle between the trickle down and the trickle up theory. We've tried the down theory and are living with the results today. It's time to push for the other theory. Consumer demand creates business profits and a prosperous economy. You don't start building a house by constructing the roof first.

    October 29, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  17. Donkey Party

    The "Forgotten 15", or whatever they're trying to peddle, is the EXACT SAME job-killing, job-shipping overseas, corporate welfare giveaways that have put the country where it is today economically and socially. GOP-bagger policies are a horrible failure, and you stupid, lazy, brainwashed right-wingers need to wake the eff up, and stop making the rest of the country suffer for your ignorance.

    October 29, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  18. diridi

    Just vote for Obama012. GOP and Tea thugs are for Rich, Oil, Banks, not for you...nation is on right track.

    October 29, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  19. 2012liberal

    Keep laying it on them. Keep pointing out gop bs. Now go out with the '15' bills that rethugs have introduced and passed in tge house that are sitting n senate. Tell the people that bill hr??? Want to deregulate banks again. Not that there is any reg now. Only reinstating glass-stegeal will do that. Bill for lessing epa. Get out there. Kick ass 2012 obama.

    October 29, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. FIELD1stSGT

    Obama, you can fool some of the people part of the time, but not most of the people all the time. You are worthless when it comes to job employment, economy and national defense. the Borders, Libya, etc. Quit now before you are humiliated.

    October 29, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Reggie from LA

    Oh yeah, the business owner has been our best advocate and the best kind of "specific American". As a matter of fact, for those of you who don't know it, a tenet of conservatism is that business and property owners and the wealthy in general, should pretty much "rule" our society. This regulation-laden bomb that Obama set off has been oh just so destructive to businesses. Truth is, many business don't produce. They use your money to make more money. So let me get this straight. The party that has done the most for the American worker and the business "person" (not necessarily his type of business), is now trying to undermine businesses because Obama is now the president? Well isn't that what the GOP and TP are implying? What a crock.

    October 29, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Chuk

    Yeah, do nothing Congress.

    October 29, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. sensible

    "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,.....blah, blah, blah...."
    Funny, the regulations have been around 20 years, in some cases, and they never hurt job creation before. This is just another excuse to deregulate industry so they can pollute or kill people at will and make unlimited profit!!

    October 29, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. sensible

    Industry is deliberately NOT hiring in the hopes of getting a pro-industry, anti-environment reptilicon back in office so they can make MORE profit!!

    October 29, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. sensible

    "are stuck in the Democratic-led Senate" even though they received bipartisan approval in the House".... Yeah, they got 3 democrat votes(they didn't need any to pass in the pro-industry, anti-individual house)! Does 3 votes make it bi-partisan?

    October 29, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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