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Top 10 Bipartisan Jobs Bills Blocked by Senate Democrats

from – Speaker.Gov – by Matt Wolking

Under thecontrol of Senate Democrats, “The Senate went three months this spring without voting on a single legislative amendment, the nitty-gritty kind of work usually at the heart of congressional lawmaking,” The Washington Post reports. “So few bills have been approved this year, and so little else has gotten done, that many senators say they are spending most of their time on insignificant and unrewarding work.”

Check out the stats. Even Democrats have complained about the Senate’s obstruction, and one actually said he was “furious.” When President Obama tried to blame Republicans, his rhetoric didn’t match reality and fact-checkers called him out for it, noting the dozens of jobs bills listed on that Senate  Democrats are currently blocking.

Here are just 10 of them, ranked in order of bipartisan support:

  • The Hire More Heroes Act (H.R. 3474) passed the House on March 11, 2014, with support from 183 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing.
  • The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 10) passed the House on May 9, 2014, with support from 158 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing.
  • The Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) passed the House on December 5, 2013, with support from 130 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing.
  • The Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act (H.R. 624) passed the House on April 18, 2013, with support from 92 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing.
  • The American Research and Competitiveness Act (H.R. 4438) passed the House on May 9, 2014, with support from 62 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing.
  • The America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act (H.R. 4457) passed the House on June 12, 2014, with support from 53 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing.
  • The Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act (H.R. 6) passed the House on June 25, 2014, with support from 46 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing.
  • The S Corporation Permanent Tax Relief Act (H.R. 4453) passed the House on June 12, 2014, with support from 42 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing.
  • The Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2218) passed the House on July 25, 2013, with support from 39 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing.
  • The Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act (H.R. 1105) passed the House on December 4, 2013, with support from 36 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing.

“These are just a few of the examples of what Republicans are working on to foster more economic growth and more job creation in our country,” Speaker Boehner said last week. “For the nearly four years of our majority, Republicans have stayed focused on the economy and on jobs. We’ve listened to the American people. Their priorities are our priorities.”

Instead of focusing on things like restricting religious freedom, the Democrats who run the Senate should follow the House’s lead and pass these jobs bills.

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5 years ago

It’s typical of Republicans to write statements like this and then put them out on the internet for honest Americans to see and of course be outraged about. Down with the Democrats they don’t care about we the people. The Republicans do this because they know that the majority of “we the people”, will take it for what it is when in fact, there’s so much more to it. Yes these Bills are not being signed by Democrats but the real reasons why are because the Bills, with all of there good intentions, are weak and need to be improved.

Let’s see….how about the reason the “Democrats” will not sign off on the “The Innovation Act (H.R. 3309):

On December 17, 2013, the full Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled “Protecting Small Businesses and Promoting Innovation by Limiting Patent Troll Abuse.”

In May 2014, Senator Patrick Leahy, (D,NH), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, announced he was “taking the patent bill off the Senate Judiciary Committee agenda.” According to Sen. Leahy;

“Unfortunately, there has been no agreement on how to combat the scourge of patent trolls on our economy without burdening the companies and universities who rely on the patent system every day to protect their inventions. We have heard repeated concerns that the House-passed bill went beyond the scope of addressing patent trolls, and would have severe unintended consequences on legitimate patent holders who employ thousands of Americans.”
Senator Patrick Leahy, (D,NH)

If you look up any of the Bills mentioned above that are pending because Democrats will not sign off on, you see that the reasons why are most definitely in the best interest of “We The People”!

Respectfully yours,
Christopher Gordon (D) and member of, ” We the People”

Rick Senner
6 years ago

Well I guess it’s time to clean off 335 bills from Harry Reids desk. The people have been heard and now it’s time for the GOP to show how the congress should be run. Obama can’t veto all these bills or it will really show where the problem lies. I believe he will veto around 90% of these and try to skirt congress at every opportunity given to him. We’ll see in the next month on whether he grants citizenship to 40 million people using executive order bypassing congress. I see the founding fathers turning in their graves if this happens.

Gary Zeiher (MSgt, USAF, Ret)
6 years ago

Not only should just about ALL Democrats in both the Senate and the House be voted out in November the same applies to just about ALL Republicans. I was once a true blue Republican but that ended sometime back. Exactly when I don’t recall but that’s irrelevant anyway. Politicians as a whole should NOT be trusted. Once elected far too many of them conveniently “forget” ALL of their campaign promises and their priorities then become “how can I be assured I’m re-elected”. Those of us who put them in office are simply willing pawns in their game of power. Apparently we don’t learn from our mistakes since many of these same “non-representatives” are re-elected over and over and over again.

Greg Alley
6 years ago

Baby diapers and politicians need changed often, for the same reason.

6 years ago

There are over 300 bills on Dirty Harry’s desk that have passed the House.

6 years ago

I’ve never seen such shameless behavior from the likes of Pelosi, Reid, Holder, Obama, Carney and others, (too numerable to mention them all). There is no honor among them. They do not deserve to be addressed as “Honorable”. Such blatant lying, character assassinations, intentional duping of the public (aka “spinning”), stone-walling and cynicism, coupled with incivility against those with opposing views is nearly incomprehensible. These aforementioned, sordid, low-life cast of characters, in collusion with the willfully blind liberal main-stream media, has projected our image as more akin to an impotent, third-world country.

Vernon Austin
6 years ago
Reply to  Encore

That’s because in order for those at the top to be able to gain control of the U.S., they not only need to project our image as a third-world country, they actually need to turn us into a third-world country! Hence, Obama’s fundamental change of America.

Alfred L. Kreps
6 years ago

Most of the Dems need to have a head removal operation. Some have their head in the sand, some have their head where the sun doesn’t shine and it shows on Reid and OB’s faces as they appear to have constipation in both ends of their anatomy.

Greg Alley
6 years ago

Actually I sent directions to dirty harry…….bend over, grasp those ample ears firmly, pull vigorously until you hear a popping sound. That will be your head exiting your rear end.

6 years ago

So why do we keep these puppets in office?? Term Limits are a must if we are to keep our Republic intact. Experience is wonderful, but these loop-hole politicians are nothing but self serving bozos. When Georgia was formed by Oglethorpe three things were outlawed in 1733…Demoned Run (Not sure about this one), Slavery (I agree), and the scourge of the land, LAWYERS…need I say more, they have ruined our country…after all most have become our legislators…oh my!

6 years ago

Just a thought about voting;
Not all Republicans should be reelected. However, our Country cannot take another 8 years of a Democratic President and a Democratically controlled Senate. Let’s get rid of the do nothing Republicans after 2016.

6 years ago

Obama, the Democratic Party and the “Pravada Media” are a threat to America and the World. Do not underestimate Obama. Obama is not a bumbling idiot and a lightweight. On the contrary, he is doing exactly what his ideology dictates. DIVIDE AND CONQUER! CONTINUOUSLY REPEAT THE BIG LIE! DEMONIZE YOUR OPPONENT! He is serious when he says he wants to “fundamentally transform America.” He is crashing our system with debt, perpetuating racial and class divisiveness and making our Allies have second thoughts about where America stands on any issue.

He and the Democratic Party are against religious freedom and taking away our right to bear arms. ASK THE PRESIDENT HOW IS GUN CONTROL WORKING FOR HIS BUDDY RAHM EMANUEL IN CHICAGO??? They are systematically making every American more dependent on the Federal Government, making us all “Slaves” on the Democratic Plantation.

America, we must stop being afraid of someone calling us names, i.e. uncle tom, racist or bigot. This is just another tactic to move the conversation away from the discussing the real issues.

Michael j Affatato
6 years ago

Hairy Reid was not elected those whores in Nevada stole that election like they did to Romney and mcdaniels in Mississippi.look at what he tried to do with the farmer till our oath keepers came to his aid ? Reid is an ex boxer perhaps he was hit in the head to often ,no one could be born that stupid and if it is alzheimers he should be institutionalized. MikeA

6 years ago


6 years ago
Reply to  dick

It’s hiding behind his head.

R Klehr - Duluth
6 years ago

Wouldn’t you like to be related to this idiot of Harry Reid?? I bet you would be proud of that fact and brag it to the whole world! Can anyone recall when we have had such an imbecile such as this current incompetent Senate Majority Leader, in any past history? History will note that Dingy Harry Reid is the most unqualified for the job and a current Ritz Carlton Hotel resident in Washington DC. And to think, we taxpayers have to pay his salary and all benefits for his lifetime!! The “jerk mold” was broken when Dingy Harry Reid was born!

6 years ago

Reid & Polosi are the main reasons for term limits. These are brain dead morons who need to be removed from office. 2 terms of 4 yrs. that’s it!

6 years ago

I’ve been to several town halls conducted by Senator Tom Coburn. He has said repeatedly at each one – HARRY REID has got to go. Reid blocks everything – knowing that the public blames the House and Republicans. His opinion is that nothing will ever get done until Reid and Pelosi are out of the picture. I agree. The morons who vote repeatedly for this senile old coot should be given I.Q. tests before being allowed a ballot. If they can’t make it to 75 – tear the ballot up and send them packing! His threats, innuendo; crass slanders and childlike remarks may be appreciated in the Nursing Home he goes to; but the American public has had it.

Why Obama has such staunch supporters is beyond me – unless he either threatens them, or makes promises of $$ and power. As far as the Lamestream Media goes – many will “go down the road” due to people giving up on watching them. I especially like how CNN and NBC are BLAMING Israel for the “violence” perpetrated on the Palestinians. Sadly, the droolers and moochers follow their crappy newscasts, and believe it. Another reason we need I.Q. tests for voters!!!!!! I hope Israel prevails. By now, they know that our “President” doesn’t have their backs as he promised.

susan muray
6 years ago

I truly think that term limits are necessary, and if that doesn’t happen, then every politician should be given a competency test. Three lies and you’re out. That would be one way to clear out the whole mess !!

6 years ago
Reply to  susan muray

Put Pelosi on that list for the test, God knows she needs it…

Dorothy Day
6 years ago

I have lived in Vegas since January 1959. I have voted against Harry Reid in his every race since I believe 1962 when he first ran for City Attorney.

6 years ago
Reply to  Dorothy Day

You are the only smart voter out there.

6 years ago

There are over 300 bills passed in the house that are on Reid’s desk that he’s sitting on to hold America hostage. Why do the voters of Nevada keep this vermin in power? Let me guess, he gives us free stuff.

Don Spicer
6 years ago

Their to buzy obeying king Obama.

Don Spicer
6 years ago

Their to buzy obeying king obama

6 years ago

“The Senate has done nothing.” Harry Reid has been totally effective in blocking all meaningful legislation on behalf of Obama.

If this isn’t an object lesson for those out there who are sitting on the sidelines figuring out if they should bother to vote this November, then nothing is. Remember, this is only the top 10. There have been dozens of bill from the House that have met the same fate with the Democrats in charge of the Senate. If we can’t muster enough votes to flip the Senate this November, then this is what we have to look forward to for the balance of Obama’s term. This nation can’t afford two more years of stagnation and regressive Progressive policies.

6 years ago

With so many angry at GOP obstructionism, this rightwing source is trying to bring about a talking point that the Democrats have done blocking too! This list of jobs bills that are “bipartisan” are hardly jobs bills. Well, except for the first one. Let’s go through their list:

H.R. 3474 – Conservative groups referred to it as a “special-interest orgy.” Rather than blocking it, they attached it to the EXPIRE Act, to let Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire, and that’s when it was blocked… by Republicans. You know, because Bush tax cuts are for the rich, and they must never end.

H.R. 10 – Was argued against critically that “the federal government is taking too much of a direct role in defining ‘quality’ and ‘high performance’ charter schools,” which I thought you guys were against. It was said the bill was “taking away power from the states to make their own decisions about what charter schools qualify for grants.” Who said this? Center for Education Reform. And really, not a jobs bill.

H.R. 3309 – is about patents. It prevents lawsuits on patents. I’d hardly call it a jobs bill. It falls more under your guys’ flawed notion of tort reform.

H.R. 624 – CISPA a jobs bill? Are you nuts? CISPA has been criticized by advocates of Internet privacy and civil liberties, such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Free Press, Fight for the Future, and, as well as various conservative and libertarian groups including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, TechFreedom, FreedomWorks, Americans for Limited Government, Liberty Coalition, and the American Conservative Union. Those groups argue CISPA contains too few limits on how and when the government may monitor a private individual’s Internet browsing information. Additionally, they fear that such new powers could be used to spy on the general public rather than to pursue malicious hackers.

H.R. 4438 – This is a bill that would amend the Internal Revenue Code to modify the calculation method and the rate for the tax credit for qualified research expenses that expired at the end of 2013 and would make that modified credit permanent. It’s a tax credit bill. Again, not a jobs bill.

H.R. 4457 – It’s not really so much a jobs bill as it is a bill for exteding limit of tax deductions for businesses permanantly. They did not block it to block jobs but to block careless permanant moves. The two Democrat Senators who blocked it said “I think it is the opposite of tax reform…” would add to the deficit and make it harder to find money to pay for other necessary programs. “I wouldn’t vote at this time to make them permanent but I certainly favor extending them for two years.”

H.R. 6 – A bill with the word ‘freedom’ in it. Nothing suspicious there. Freedom is usually the Right’s way of saying something stupid. This bill, in fact, is about the DOE’s handling of natural gas. The CBO said it would really not affect much of anything, from the federal budget to the administrative costs. It was also argued that “unlimited and unchecked export of LNG to nations that have yet to sign free trade agreements with the U.S. will undermine the efforts of U.S. trade negotiators to open closed markets to all American goods and services,” and that allowing greater exports of LNG would increase “domestic natural gas and electricity prices for every American.” So again, not really a jobs bill, but one that would increase prices on Americans.

H.R. 4453 – This is a bill that would amend the IRS Code of 1986 to reduce from 10 to 5 years the period during which the built-in gains of an S corporation are subject to tax and to make such reduction permanent. It’s a way to cut taxes on corporations by changing the rule of whether they have to pay S or C level taxes. S corporations do not pay any federal income taxes, so this helps more corporations qualify as S instead of C. S corporations pass those taxes onto the shareholders instead. So you know, a way to widen the loophole and screw the investors. NOT a jobs bill unless you still think such things trickle down.

H.R. 2218 – is a bill to loosen rules on disposal of coal. The Committee on Energy & Commerce said it “would do little to bring a closer resolution to coal ash disposal. It would abandon proven models of environmental protection and adopt an approach that we have every reason to believe would fail if enacted. This proposal will not ensure the safe disposal of coal ash, protect groundwater, or prevent dangerous air pollution.” Jobs bill? Hardly.

H.R. 1105 – This bill exempts investment advisers from the Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) registration and reporting requirements (from Dodd-Frank) when they provide advice to a private equity fund with outstanding debt that is less than twice the amount of capital that has been committed to and invested by the fund.

So you notice, there’s one jobs bill in this list that Democrats actually pushed through, and nine bills all about trickle-down theory that only guarantee making the rich richer.

Here’s a list of bills blocked by Republicans in Congress that would’ve passed Senate, but only failed because they didn’t have 60% (rather than the Constitutional 50%) of Congressional vote:

Bring Jobs Home Act – Would grant businesses a tax credit for eliminating a business outside the US and relocating it in the US.

Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act – Gives small businesses a tax credit if their 2012 payrolls were higher than their 2011 payrolls

Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act – Giving employers tax breaks for bringing overseas jobs back to America

In fact they’ve blocked all jobs bills from Obama that would give incentive to insource jobs back into the U.S.

Daily Kos (go ahead and whine about a left-bent source, but you’ll find it not as bent as the rightwing source with this “top ten”) listed all the ways GOP has thrown Veterans under the bus job-wise:

They’ve blocked a minimum wage increase that’d help many get off of welfare. They said it would make people lose jobs. In fact it would limit how many jobs many have to have to get by.

They blocked ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which prevents people from not being able to get jobs!

They blocked the U.N. Treaty to protect the equal rights of the disabled. This affects jobs.

They blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act. Directly affects the jobs women do for lesser pay than their male coworkers.

They blocked the Payroll Tax Cut Renewal that would lower tax burdens on the poor who are paying more than many rich people (S corporation owners again?).

So again, bills that actually affect jobs are blocked by Republicans, and jobs that are blocked by Democrats are usually just reckless trickle-down things that would help the rich get richer or relax standards for pollution, security for food and water, etc…

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