While outright rejecting the American Jobs Act, Republicans claim to have jobs bills of their own–bills which they complain are stuck in the Senate. So what are these jobs bills? They are a series of bills aimed at cutting regulations (mostly environmental). So let’s compare the plans.
American Jobs Act (Democratic Party)
- Popular support among the public
- Popular among private sector economic forecasters Moody’s and Macroeconomic Advisers who say it would crate over a million jobs
- The CBO says it would not only pay for itself, but lower the deficit
- This is paid for through increased revenue and the popular millionaire tax
Series of Environmental Deregulations (Republican Party)
- Popular among big oil and free market/anti-government “think tanks”
- Unpopular among private sector economic forecasters Moody’s and Macroeconomic Advisers who say it could lead us back into recession
- Unpopular among health and environmental organizations
- “Paid” for by pollution, dirty water and deregulating Wall Street further.
Here is a partial list of these bills on OpenCongress.com, which lists organizations both supporting and opposing these bills.
- The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act (H.R. 872)
- The Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910)
- Disapproval of FCC’s Net Neutrality Regulations (H.J.Res. 37)
- The Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act (H.R. 2018)
- Consumer Financial Protection & Soundness Improvement Act (H.R. 1315)
- Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587)
- Transparency In Regulatory Analysis Of Impacts On The Nation (H.R. 2401)
- Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 2681)
- EPA Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 2250)
- Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2273)