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Dem whip Hoyer mocks GOP jobs bills as the ‘Forgettable 15’

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) fired back Wednesday at Republicans who are pushing the Senate to take up the “Forgotten 15” jobs bills passed by the House, saying the legislation should really be called the “Forgettable 15.” 

“Rather than work with Democrats on bipartisan bills that are fully paid for and would help put more Americans to work, Republicans insist on pursuing a partisan agenda,” Hoyer said in a statement.

House Republicans say the Senate should abandon the piecemeal approach to the jobs plan proposed by President Obama and instead focus on legislation that has already passed the lower chamber.

{mosads}On Tuesday, House Republicans began circulating palm cards that spotlight the 15 House-passed bills that the Senate has yet to act on, as well as some bills that have been passed into law, including three free-trade agreements and patent reform legislation. The palm cards were made available for downloading at Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) website.

“They are using a new pocket card to talk about their so-called ‘forgotten 15’ jobs bills,” Hoyer said. “Unfortunately, what Republicans’ bills really forgot is to create any jobs. Their ‘forgettable 15’ include bills to roll back critical consumer and environmental protections that won’t create jobs or boost our economy, according to economists.” 

Hoyer said there is no evidence to support the Republican claim that environmental regulations are stifling job growth, and cited a number of economists who said the weak employment market was due to weak short-term demand, not government regulations.

Speaking on the House floor on Tuesday, Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) said Democrats should embrace the GOP’s “common sense ideas.” 

“Right now, 15 different House-passed jobs bills each reduce the red tape that is hindering small business and each remove obstacles to domestic energy production, are stuck in the Senate awaiting action from the Democrat leadership,” Thompson said. “Mr. Speaker, the President is right — we can’t wait. It’s time for President Obama and Senate Democrats to put aside politics and work with the House on these common-sense ideas. We simply can’t wait.” 

But on Wednesday, the House minority whip took a red marker to each of the 15 bills, saying, among other things, that the Republican bill to change consumer financial protection measures will leave “consumers and the U.S. financial system vulnerable to the risks that led to the 2008 financial crisis.”

“Many of the ‘forgettable 15’ bills are a complete waste of time and taxpayer money as the regulations they repeal aren’t even in effect yet — meaning they won’t have any effect on job creation,” Hoyer said. “Rather than wasting time rolling back critical consumer and environmental protections  — many of which don’t even exist yet — it’s time for Republicans to work with Democrats on bipartisan proposals to put more Americans back to work.”

Earlier this month, Senate Republicans voted in unison to block President Obama’s jobs legislation. The president has turned to taking action on the economy in ways that do not require legislation from Congress.

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