Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wants to make sure you know that the House of Representatives is working to put America back to work.
The speaker of the House recently launched the webpage Speaker.gov/JOBS, which spotlights the dozens of jobs bills that have passed the House but are currently stuck in Harry Reid’s stalled Senate.
“The House of Representatives has passed dozens of pro-growth jobs bills to build a stronger economy and a better future for hardworking families,” reads the webpage. “Unfortunately, too many of these common sense solutions are being blocked by Democratic-controlled Senate. Here, you can learn more about what we’re fighting for, read the bills for yourself, and see how your representative voted.”
The page also features a video called “Stuck in the Senate” narrated by Boehner that invites President Obama to “join [House Republicans] in pushing the Senate for more action.”
According to the site, there are currently at least 43 jobs bills waiting to be brought up for a vote in the Senate. These include the Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act, the Working Families Flexibility Act, the Student Success Act and the Veterans Economic Opportunity Act, among several others.
Clearly, these stalled bills aim to help a range of individuals, from families to veterans to small business owners to students.
Yet, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) isn’t making it a priority to help these Americans by bringing the legislation up for a vote. Oddly enough, Reid one year ago emphasized the need for “job creation” in the United States to “help the middle class” in the wake of the sequestration.
Unfortunately for Reid, actions speak louder than words, and his inaction in the Senate on these jobs bills from House Republicans makes clear his disinterest in bringing America back to work. The House, on the other hand, is indeed working for Americans who want to work.
President Obama might want to think about calling the Senate out for once in his next speech instead of blaming the gridlock in Washington on House Republicans and chastising them for threatening a lawsuit against him. If Obama is really as concerned about American jobs as he claims to be, he should be singling out Harry Reid, not John Boehner.