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MEMORANDUM: ‘No Jobs’ GOP’s Week in Review

To: Interested Parties
Fr: Democratic Leader’s Press Office
Dt: February 3, 2012
Re: ‘No Jobs’ GOP’s Week in Review

Republicans, who refused to produce a jobs agenda for more than a year, only found doom and gloom in today’s jobs report.  Yet they spent the whole week focusing on anything but jobs:

Doubling Down on Pledge to End the Medicare Guarantee (Conveniently followed by a vote to hide the impact GOP bills have on Medicare & Social Security)   

[Republicans] touted the fact that next month they plan to once again pass a budget that would drastically cut spending and transform Medicare. [The Hill, 2/1]

Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan: “We’re not backing off of any of our ideas…” [Fox News Sunday, 1/29]

Unveiling Another Gift to Big Oil in a Train Wreck of a Transportation Bill that Jeopardizes Jobs

“This is the most partisan transportation bill that I have ever seen,” [Transportation Secretary Ray] LaHood said in an exclusive interview with POLITICO.  [Politico, 2/2]

Risking a Tax Hike on 160 Million Americans by Bogging Down Payroll Cut Conference Committee Negotiations

“We have 27 days before our authority expires,” said Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.). But “we’re down to about 13 days of actual work to be done before the clock runs out … I urge us to refocus.”

Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), who is chairing the panel, has made it repeatedly clear that he wanted conferees to negotiate policy matters first before tackling the sticky matter of how to pay for it…

For instance, both Senate and House Republicans are insistent that the final package roll back boiler regulations…[Politico, 2/2]

Getting a Message Makeover (again) and Thinking “Small”

Unpopular and divided, the once mighty House Republicans are laboring to repair their image and frame a new agenda…

But attracting positive attention while avoiding confrontation is proving to be a challenge in an election year, particularly for a group that in 2011 seemed to relish showdown after showdown.

Members are still struggling to sing from the same legislative hymnal…

Small, for now, may be best, Republicans say. [New York Times, 2/3]   

Quelling “Interoffice Tensions”

The top aides to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Speaker John Boehner are now seeking a truce after a bitter year of behind-the-scenes fighting that pitted the top House Republicans against one another…

The interoffice tensions were so prominent that elected Republican lawmakers were chafing at the public and private tribulations of the ongoing Boehner-Cantor drama…[Politico, 2/1]

Reprimanding Those Actually Focusing on Job Creation

Congressional Republicans criticized the Federal Reserve on Thursday for working to reduce unemployment and revive the housing market rather than maintaining a single-minded focus on inflation. [New York Times, 2/3]

When Republicans head home this weekend, let’s hope they listen to their constituents—who over and over again have called for action on jobs—and come back next week ready to get to work putting the country to work. 

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