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House shifts focus to 'jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs'

By Lori Montgomery
Now that they've finished their health-care bill, House leaders are turning their attention to the soaring unemployment rate. But don't look for another economic stimulus package. This time, House leaders said, they want to put together a "jobs bill."

"It's jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs," Rep. John B. Larson (D-Conn.), the No. 4 Democrat in the House, said shortly before convening a meeting of rank-and-file lawmakers late Monday. "Members of this caucus feel ... that a jobless recovery is just simply unacceptable to us. This caucus, every caucus going forward, is going to be focused on putting Americans back to work."

Senior Democratic aides said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who banished the term "stimulus" two weeks ago, has yet to decide what form such a measure would take. But a number of possibilities are under discussion beyond the safety-net measures so far approved by Congress, including an expanded highway reauthorization bill aimed at generating construction jobs and a variety of hiring incentives for small businesses. House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters Tuesday that House leaders have asked key committee chairmen to offer up proposals that would be compiled into a single larger piece of legislation, with a goal of bringing something to a House vote before Dec. 18, when the House hopes to adjourn for the year.

"I would certainly want to see us move something on jobs before that," Hoyer told reporters at his weekly briefing.

Congress has already approved, and President Obama has signed, measures expanding unemployment benefits, health-care benefits for unemployed workers and an extension of the tax credit for first-time home buyers that was contained in the $787 billion stimulus package Obama signed soon after taking office. That package is widely credited by economists with helping to halt the nation's slide into what looked at the time like an economic abyss. But although the economy appears to be growing again, businesses have yet to start hiring, and the unemployment rate hit 10.2 percent in October. That has fueled Republican claims that the original package failed to do much more than increase the nation's bloated budget deficit, leaving Democrats feeling skittish about dipping into the stimulus well again.

Hence, a "jobs bill" -- which, Larson was quick to note, House leaders fully intend to pay for, though they were unwilling to discuss the size of the package or any possible sources of revenue. It was also unclear whether the Senate would be willing to go along with the idea. And Obama administration officials are less than enthusiastic, congressional sources said, preferring to address the issue through the regular budget process early next year. Obama has also scheduled a "jobs summit" at the White House on Dec. 3 and is planning to tour hard-hit regions, starting with Allentown, Pa., over the next few months.

By Kendra Nichols  |  November 17, 2009; 12:47 PM ET
Categories:  Economy Watch  
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Jobs? Wow, what an idea.


too late though, i am voting against all incumbents, on all levels, next election.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | November 17, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Bring manufacturing back to the USA. Consumers will pay slightly higher prices for quality goods, and greedy shareholders should settle for modest dividends in the interest of a viable economy. Please, lets all pull together for the good of the USA.

Posted by: char78 | November 17, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I for one don't want this corrupt congress taking on any new projects. The country would be better off if they just took the next year off until we replace them in 2010.

Posted by: hunter340 | November 17, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Another 1000 - 2000 page bill in the making complete with political correctness, enviornmental regulations, higher taxes, etc. In other words none of the proven tactics that spur economic growth - lower taxes, limited governmental regulation and a good dose of commomn sense!

Posted by: saelij | November 17, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Congress needs to look no farther than its earlier law. The Manpower Development Training Act of 1962 (JFK) and the previous Employment Act of 1946 (H.S.Trumam).
An essential part of any "Jobs Training Bill" Must be Civility, not political correctness but respect from one American to another American. The previous Bills were designed to meet a National Need as this Bill will also. Training is fine for the Short Term; however, Education must be an integeral part of any Jobs Bill. Education is the formative effect of transferring knowledge, skills, and values from one generation to the next. I'm sure Congress as before will provide the Nation with a meaningful Jobs Bill as it has done in the past. "An Educated Citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a Free People". (Jefferson 1816).

Posted by: dmscontractor | November 17, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

so in other words they spent the 787 billion slush fund and they want more this is sick we have a bunch of little tyrants running congress and we need to rid ourselves of them. the liberals think the government is going to share the wealth with them. out of the 787 billion only less then 1 percent went to the poor most of it union jobs, and raises for government employees the so called jobs saved. was a pay raise how many of you got a pay raise this year

Posted by: getsix1 | November 17, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Three easy steps to increase Jobs for Americans Only and lower the unemployment rate back to normal levels.

STOP the importing foreign labor that replaces skilled and semi skilled American Citizens. - THERE IS NO SHORTAGE of American Workers!!

STOP the export of American job overseas to foreign nations, again leaving Americans unemployed

Enact E-verify across the land for ALL employers and Employees to free up the MILLIONS jobs that Americans have always worked and are more then willing to work, but were pushed out of by shady business owners!

Posted by: HernandezUSA | November 17, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Happy days are here again!

America Leader In Exports

The business plan of American companies to export American jobs overseas began in 2002 and over 2 millions jobs have now been exported.

No other country in the world comes close to our lead in this area of exporting.

With every job in America that involves sitting in an office and using a computer and a telephone as a candidate for export overseas, America will remain a leader for many years in this new area of exporting.

Nothing will stop this new American leadership and dominance in the global economy.

Posted by: bsallamack | November 17, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Bring manufacturing back to the USA. Consumers will pay slightly higher prices for quality goods, and greedy shareholders should settle for modest dividends in the interest of a viable economy. Please, lets all pull together for the good of the USA.

Posted by: char78
.........................................
What a laugh from a nation where the plan is to export American jobs.

Do Americans really believe all those individuals on the phone with a foreign accents are naturalized Americans?

IBM to Cut 5,000 Jobs; D.C. Area Largely Not Affected
By Kim Hart
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 27, 2009
Officials began notifying employees on Wednesday and throughout yesterday about the layoffs. Technology services giant is in the process of shifting a large number of jobs to lower-cost regions, such as India.

Pring said IBM has been gradually moving jobs out of the United States to trim costs...

Posted by: bsallamack | November 17, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

If the Democrats are serious about increasing jobs, they should stop legislation that hurts business like insurance expansion, carbon taxes, Card check laws, energy taxes, and other legislation that is killing jobs.

Posted by: jdcw | November 17, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

these fools in congress are just as stupid as the man/child obozo. Most of them have never run anything in their lives. Good luck on any jobs being created. They will just steal from working people to give to the losers, illegals and affirmatives.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | November 17, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Jobs? Wow, what an idea.


too late though, i am voting against all incumbents, on all levels, next election.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009


I SO AGREE!!!!!!

Posted by: simonsays1 | November 17, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

So an AP poll shows that most Americans want the "rich" to pay for health care for all. DUH? The few people left in the US who qualify as "rich" are already carrying the rest of the country on their financial backs now. The fact is, you could take every penny from the "rich" and it doesn't come close to covering health care costs. The great myth that there is this enormous population of rich people that can be taxed to pay for everything. That is the great Democrat lie. Guess what folks, there aren't many "rich" people left, certainly not enough to pay for health care no matter how high you raise their taxes. Bill Gates, A-Rod and John Kerry can't carry the burden by themselves. You want free health care? There is no such thing. Everyone will have to pay for it. In case you haven't noticed it, much of the affluence in the US is gone.

Posted by: physicianexec | November 17, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The problem with the job market is that people have to work longer to receive full Social Security and Medicare benefits. My solution is to let people retire at 62 with full benefits. This will have a far greater impacted on the job market than any stimulus I have seen to date.

Posted by: belttari159 | November 18, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

It's about time that this legislative body addressed the #1 issue facing the nation! In the meantime, our president warns of a double dip in the recession probably coming next year...I question the fact that Congress will be able to resolve the jobless situation!
(No payoffs from special interests lobbys ?)

Posted by: SeniorVet | November 18, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

until we start manufacturing right here in the USA...how are things going to change? When our exports match our imports...maybe
Remember the good old days when everything was made in the USA....then unions became powerful for their own benefit and destroyed this country with their unrealistic demands....they got just what they wanted....real good wages and benefits but NO JOBS!!!! What good di they do?

Posted by: galario | November 18, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Are these just mere words the American people have heard on almost every issue...All talk and no action...My suggestion is fire all of President Obama's CZAR's and hire a task force who's main objective/goal is to create real jobs...

Posted by: Rhonda5 | November 18, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

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