GOP calls on Obama to push Senate on jobs bills

Jan. 18, 2014 at 10:02 AM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Republicans urged the White House Saturday to push Senate Democrats to pass several jobs bills it claimed were languishing in the upper chamber.

Delivering the party's weekly media address, Rep. Marlin Stutzman of Indiana said the House had passed "dozens of good, common-sense jobs bills," many of which had bipartisan support, but they were "gathering dust" in the Senate.

Stutzman said the jobs bills included an "all-of-the-above energy plan" that called for approving the Keystone XL pipeline and increasing offshore oil drilling.

He also called for approval of the SKILLS Act that would increase job training programs.

Noting President Obama's declaration that 2014 would be a "year of action," Stutzman accused the administration of having "surrendered to a new normal of high unemployment."

Instead of working to create jobs, he said, Democrats were "focused on making it easier to live without a job."

He said 10 million Americans were out of work and urged Obama to call on the Senate to pass the House's jobs bills in an up-or-down vote.

Congress has recessed for a week without extending jobless benefits for about 1.3 million Americans that expired at the end of 2013, The Hill reported.

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