“The idea that Congress every day is, or should be, doing something that affects Americans tomorrow is a misnomer,” one GOP leadership aide said… [Roll Call, 4/24]
The GOP has led the House for 476 days without offering a comprehensive jobs agenda.
48 percent of Americans said the most important problem facing this country today is either jobs or the economy. Five percent said it was the budget deficit. [New York Times/CBS News Poll, 4/17]
The GOP has refused to support the Buffett Rule to ensure the wealthiest pay their fair share as we work to responsibly reduce the deficit.
Wall Street Journal – Diamond and Saez: High Tax Rates Won’t Slow Growth
…In the postwar U.S., higher top tax rates tend to go with higher economic growth—not lower…
If some of the additional revenue is used for public investments with a high return, such as education, infrastructure and research, it raises growth further. The neglect of public investment over the last few decades suggests that the returns could be quite high…
Mr. Diamond is professor emeritus at MIT and a Nobel laureate in economics. Mr. Saez is a professor of economics at UC Berkeley and a John Bates Clark medalist.
And now, the GOP is refusing to prevent student loan rates from doubling so more than 7 million college students and their families aren’t faced with increased costs.
…over the past few years, Republicans in Congress have voted against new ways to make college more affordable for middle-class families, and voted for huge new tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires – tax cuts that would have to be paid for by cutting things like education and job-training programs that give students new opportunities to work and succeed. [President Obama’s Weekly Address, 4/21]
It’s time for House Republicans to get to work for the American people.