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GOP Weekly Address: Rep. Lynn Jenkins Urges Action on Student Loans

US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican address, Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Ks., a mother of two college students urges Senate Democrats to approve bipartisan student loan reform.

Inaction caused the interest rates on many student loans to double on July 1, despite the House working in May to attempt to stop the rate increase.

Here is the full transcript of this week's Republican address, presented by Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins:

"Hello, I’m Lynn Jenkins, Congresswoman from the Second District of Kansas and Vice-Chair of the House Republican Conference. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Independence Day.

The spirit of 1776 is fresh in our hearts this weekend. America is at its best when it lives up to the blessings our forebears pledged everything to secure. Their ideas have survived and thrived because every generation has worked hard to expand the pursuit of happiness and ensure our children are free to live a better life.

Today these essentials of the American Dream are at risk. Last week, I spoke with hundreds of college students who are concerned they won’t have the same opportunities their parents had. They find it hard to see beyond paying off their education, stretching to afford rent, and finding a job in this tough economy.

That’s why, over the last few months, Republicans made every effort to stop interest rates on some student loans from doubling, as they unnecessarily did on July 1st. For too long, politicians have been in charge of setting these rates, and we keep coming back to cliffs and deadlines like this one. Paying for college is difficult enough without all this uncertainty. I have two kids in college, I know how hard it can be.

So in the spring, when President Obama proposed letting the markets set interest rates instead, the Republican-led House passed a bill reflecting his plan. Republicans in the Senate came to the table with similar ideas. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats attacked the president’s plan, refused to work with us, and allowed this rate hike to take effect, leaving for the July 4th holiday without passing a solution.

Because of this inaction, millions of undergraduates who want to take out a subsidized Stafford loan are now being told they will have to pay an interest rate that’s double what they were expecting.  That’s just not right.  
You deserve a fairer approach, one free of politics that allows you to take advantage of lower rates and have more peace of mind. That’s what we’ve been working on. In the House, we haven’t just talked about it; we’ve actually passed it.  Now we need the Democratic-controlled Senate to act.

On behalf of parents and students across the nation, I call on Senate Democrats to join with us and help pass bipartisan student loan reform when the Senate returns to work next week.  And President Obama should do his part by urging his fellow Democrats in the Senate to work with us.  We will not let up until they agree to do the right thing.

Thank you for listening, and God bless the United States of America."

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GOP Weekly Address: Sen. Mike Lee Says Budgets Are About Setting Priorities

US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican address, Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT, says the  budget produced by Senate Democrats "grows the government, not the economy," while the budget passed by House Republicans this week "reduces spending and debt and balances in 10 years."

Lee begins the address by saying Senate Democrats finally took up its annual budget after not passing one in four years and says the president is "a day late and a dollar short" for announcing he will submit his budget the second week of April instead of the first Monday of February, as required.

The budget isn’t just about dollars, he says, it's about "common sense."

"A budget is the only way to end the nonsense of Washington’s out of control spending," he says. "Reckless government spending has laid nearly $17 trillion of debt onto the backs of hardworking Americans."

Lee says budgets are not only economic documents, but also reflect the nation's moral choices and shape its society for the future.

“That’s why the budget Republicans proposed in the House of Representatives puts its trust in the American people," he says. "We want dollars and decisions in your hands and not in the hands of bureaucrats. We know that if you can keep more of your hard-earned money, you’ll use it to help your community, to save for your child’s college tuition, and to deploy it in ways that will create jobs and grow your local economy."

Democrats disagree, he says, and instead think Americans don't send enough money to Washington. Their budget includes a one and a half trillion dollar tax increase, he says, "on top of the hundreds of billions they already added to your tax bills at the beginning of the year."

Lee says Democrats have no plan to save the nation's entitlement programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, despite the fact everyone, including the president, knows that doing nothing is not an option.

“Budgets are about setting priorities. Republicans realize that we have a moral obligation to spend your hard-earned tax dollars wisely," he says. "We should spend only what we need to cover the constitutionally authorized functions of government and not a dollar more. That’s why we support reforms to fix the programs Washington should be funding, to eliminate the programs it shouldn’t, and balance the budget."

Unfortunately, Lee says, the president cuts spending on important services such as border security, first responders, veterans and law enforcement.

“Republicans recognize that keeping dollars, decisions, priorities and power in the hands of the people is what has made America the greatest civilization the world has ever known.  Now is the time to return to that model.  Working together we can, we must and we will restore the greatness and prosperity of our nation," he says.

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GOP Address: Missouri Congressional Candidate Wants to Get Government 'Out of the Way' of Small Business -- First-time candidate for congress, Ann Wagner, delivers this week's Republican address, calling for government to "get out of the way" of small businesses to get the economy growing.  

Wagner, who would represent Missouri's Second Congressional District should she win, speaks personally about working in her own family's carpet business growing up, particularly how government decisions helped or hindered the business' growth.

Wagner says that experience showed that "When we get government off the backs of our job creators, small businesses have a better chance of thriving. And we small businesses thrive, so does our economy."

In addition to tax reform and repealing the president's health care law, Wagner says expanding the exploration and use of natural gas and coal would help to create jobs.

"These are all good ideas that Mitt Romney supports, but President Obama has ignored or rejected.  That’s disappointing, especially considering how his policies have failed.  He promised to listen, promised us change, but all we’ve gotten is more of the same.  More spending, more red tape, more debt and decline.  A loss of hope," she says in the address.

"We cannot go on like this.  This election is not about President Obama the person, it’s about his failed Presidency and failed leadership. Our country is going in the wrong direction – and Mitt Romney is the only leader who can turn this economy around, get Americans back to work and build the better America our parents worked and sacrificed to make possible," Wagner says, urging voters to throw their support behind Mitt Romney.

“That's the opportunity before us.  And it’s the one we must seize, for the sake of our children and the future of our great nation."

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GOP Address: Rep. Jeff Flake Blasts Obama on Economy

United States Congress(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican address, U.S. Representative and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Arizona, Jeff Flake, discusses President Obama's record on the economy, particularly the national deficit.

"Last week, the Obama Administration confirmed that the budget deficit for fiscal year 2012 will be $1.1 trillion dollars.  This will mark the fourth year in a row that the federal government has spent more than it has taken in to the tune of over a trillion dollars," Rep. Flake says, blasting the Obama Administration for it's handling of the economy.

While Democrats have touted the decreasing unemployment rate as an accomplishment, Flake says not much has changed since Obama took office.

"And what do we have to show for this prolonged and record setting federal spending?  The U.S. unemployment rate was 7.8% the month President Obama took office, the same as it is this month.  Home values have gone down by over 10% and gas prices have more than doubled.  The Obama Administration added over 5 trillion dollars to the national debt for this?" Flake says.  

Acknowledging the economy's fragility at the beginning of Obama's term, Flake says the president's methods don't deal with the economic slowdown.
“President Obama undoubtedly inherited a fragile economy, but he’s done little to improve it.  In fact, rather than take a lesson, his answer to persistently weak jobs numbers is pressure to spend another half a trillion taxpayer dollars on legislation that would fail to even take steps to deal with the economic slowdown," he says in the address.

Rep. Flake further criticizes congressional Democrats for not passing a budget.

“While House Republicans have passed a budget that addresses our challenges head-on, Democrats in the Senate have failed to even attempt to do their homework.  They have not passed a budget in over 1200 days," he says.

Flake adds that at the "current budget trajectory," future generations will not have the same opportunities "that my grandparents created for me."

“It is my hope that the recess from fiscal sanity that the last four years have represented is over.  As bad as our fiscal challenges are, it’s not too late.  The bell has rung and it is time for us to get to work,” he says.

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GOP Weekly Address: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus delivers this week's Republican address.


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GOP Address: Republicans Not to Blame for Budget Failures, Sessions Says

US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- In his weekly address, President Obama laid into Congress for leaving Washington for a six-week recess without taking action on his job creation proposals. But Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., hit back at the president's criticism in his party's address, saying that the Democratic-led Senate is to blame for the adjournment without passing a federal budget.

"For the president to say his plan will pay down the debt is one of the greatest financial misrepresentations ever made to the American people," says Sessions, the Senate Budget Committee's ranking Republican.

“Adding to the chaos, the Senate Democrat Majority has decided to adjourn through November having utterly failed to meet its most basic obligations.  For the last three years, in a time of national crisis, Senate Democrats have deliberately violated the legal requirement to produce a budget plan."

Failing to pass an annual appropriations bill -- "not once, but twice" -- and no discussion on the national defense authorization bill or a plan to prevent tax hikes and steep defense cuts are all failures, Sessions says, that "create uncertainty and weaken the economy. But, he adds, if Republicans can get control of the Senate next year, this won't happen.

“If given the chance, Republicans will get this government under control.   A Republican Senate will pass a budget.  Failure is not an option," he says.

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GOP Address: Rep. West Says Obama, Dems Are 'Doing Nothing' to Avoid Massive Defense Cuts

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  One day after the White House laid out the details of $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts that would take effect at the end of the year unless Congress strikes a deal, Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., uses the Republican address to lay into the president for the cuts West says will mean "serious consequences for our nation's security."

On Friday, the Obama Administration said billions of dollars would be slashed from defense operations and maintenance programs.

“The report leaves no question that the sequestration would be deeply destructive to national security, domestic investments and core government functions,” the administration writes in the report, which was submitted to Congress as required by law.

“Sequestration” is the technical name for the across-the-board spending cuts that were agreed to by bipartisan majorities in both chambers of Congress last year as a penalty for failing to achieve a deficit reduction plan.  They take effect on Jan. 2, 2013, unless lawmakers come up with a different plan totaling $1.2 trillion.

West touts the GOP-led House's proposed plan to replace the cuts while criticizing the president and the Democratic-run Senate for what he says is a failure to lead on the matter.

"Now the good news is, the Republican-led House of Representatives has approved a responsible plan to replace these ‘devastating’ cuts.  The bad news is, the people’s House is the ONLY part of our government that has acted to eliminate this threat to our national security," West claims in the Republican address.  "The Senate, a body controlled by the president’s party, has done nothing.  And the president himself has opposed or disregarded every attempt we’ve made to work with him on a solution."

“President Obama’s failure to lead is inexcusable on its face, but what makes it even more so is the fact that this ‘sequester’ was his administration’s idea in the first place," West says, adding later, "Dodging his responsibility is how the ‘sequester’ came about, so it is no surprise the president is doing the exact same thing now."

But in releasing Friday's report the White House emphasized that it had no discretion in deciding what programs would be cut or by how much.  Those details were specified by lawmakers as part of the debt ceiling deal reached last year, officials said.

West and other Republicans have accused Obama and Democrats of being willing to stomach the deep cuts.  The critics do not mention, however, that many Republicans also voted for the plan, including House Speaker John Boehner and GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan.

While West points out that House Republicans have passed a measure to avoid the drastic cuts, Democrats have balked because their plan includes no new revenue (tax increases). In the address, West refers to the Dems' resistance as a "bargaining chip to raise taxes.  West aims a plea "directly" to President Obama, asking him to work with Republicans:

“Mr. President: for you -- the Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces -- to sit idle and do nothing while this dark cloud hangs over our military, it is shameful, it is irresponsible, and it is wrong.  It is dead wrong.   In your nomination acceptance speech, you stated your goal was to have the strongest military the world has ever known.  You have proven this promise to the American people is nothing more than empty rhetoric.  All of this as a bargaining chip to raise taxes," he says.

"For the sake of our country and our future, I hope you will do the right thing, sir, and work with us to eliminate this threat so we can confront the grave threats to freedom around the globe, to us and our allies."

To resolve the standoff, both sides will need to compromise on taxes. Should lawmakers fail to reach a deal, some budget items will be spared: Veterans benefits, military personnel, and salaries for members of Congress, among other exempt categories.

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GOP Address: Sen. John Barrasso Says 'It's Time for Rhetoric to Meet Reality' on Economy

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Now that conventions are over for both the Republicans and Democrats, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., says, "It's time for rhetoric to meet reality," and the reality, he adds, "is that America is not better off than it was four year ago."

After a jobs report, released Friday, showed unemployment at 8.1 percent and just 96,000 jobs added last month, Barrasso and other Republicans have been quick to react.

“The undeniable truth is, President Obama is on track to have the worst jobs record of any President since World War II. When the President was hyping his so-called stimulus program, his economic team claimed unemployment would not go above 8 percent, and that it would be below 6 percent by now.  Instead, it’s been higher than 8 percent for 43 straight months," he says in the Republican address.

“It’s bad enough the stimulus money was wasted.  Even worse, he borrowed the money, much of it from China. Household incomes have dropped by more than $4,000, while the cost of everyday living has gone up. Gasoline prices have gone up another 30 cents a gallon in just over a month. Americans recently paid the highest prices ever on a Labor Day weekend. One out of every seven people in America is now on food stamps," Barrasso says. “In terms of global competitiveness, the United States has dropped for four straight years.  When President Obama took office, we were number one in the world.  Now we’re number seven."

But, he continues in the address, "Americans know what works: low taxes, reasonable regulations and living within our means."

Though the Obama campaign has pushed its message of moving "forward not backward," Barrasso says that, under the president's watch, "government spends too much, borrows too much and grows bigger every day."

“The President's policies have failed to produce the results, accountability, and solutions the American people deserve.  The Obama Administration is simply not moving our country forward," Sen. Barrasso says.

Pointing to examples of what he calls overspending and overregulation in Washington, Republicans, Barrasso says, are committed to creating jobs and getting the economy going in the right direction, though.

"Republicans have the solutions to help create jobs and get our economy going in the right direction again. Instead of giving President Obama four more years to continue the policies that are not working, it’s time for a change," he says.

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GOP Address: La. Rep. Steve Scalise -- In the Wake of Isaac 'We Strive Harder'

Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Just days after Hurricane Isaac barreled through the Gulf Coast region bringing tornadoes and flooding, Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise delivers this week's Republican address expressing thanks to Americans for their prayers and support for the storm-wrecked region.

"Let me take a moment to thank all Americans for the prayers and support you've sent our state and our region in recent days. Please keep those good thoughts and prayers coming, and as you do, I ask you to also remember those who lost their lives in Hurricane Katrina seven years ago. They're always in our hearts," Scalise says in the address.  The congressman, a Louisiana native, "represents some of the areas hardest hit by Isaac, including St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes," according to a release from House Speaker John Boehner.

Rep. Scalise says that with hundreds of thousands still without power and floods that continue to threaten the region, "We're not out of the woods just yet."

"[B]ut," he adds, "there is light at the end of the tunnel."

In the wake of Isaac, and as Americans begin to celebrate the long Labor Day weekend, Scalise highlights the efforts of local residents affected by the storm for their resilience and willingness to help others.

“During this disaster, we’ve seen neighbors helping each other and people coming together to ensure the safety of their loved ones. That’s what we in Louisiana do.  That’s what Americans do.  In tough times, we strive harder, we remember what’s most important to us, and we fight to protect it," Scalise says. "One of the greatest things about our country is that we’re a resilient, hard-working people, and on this Labor Day weekend, we remember these values and the things that have made our country the greatest in the world."

Scalise later adds that one way to keep the American dream alive is building a strong economy, which he says he hopes Senate Democrats will act "in short order" along with the GOP-run House to pass bills "designed to empower small businesses and remove government barriers to economic growth."

“Because for millions of Americans, this Labor Day finds them still looking for work and still asking ‘where are the jobs?’  It doesn’t have to be this way, and we can turn it around, because in America it’s times of adversity that bring out the best in us," he says. "It’s a lesson we saw on display yet again this week in Southeast Louisiana.  And it’s one worth reflecting on in the coming days as we give thanks for the men and women who built this country, and rededicate ourselves to addressing the challenges America's workers face."

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GOP Address: Sen. Rand Paul Says President Obama Is MIA

United States Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul knocks President Obama in this week's Republican address, saying the president is "missing in action" and that Americans "deserve better."

Many of the nation's problems could have been resolved if President Obama would work with congressional Republicans, Sen. Paul says.

"Together we could fix entitlements. Even in an election year, I've offered to work with the president. I've called and written.  I've ridden with the President on Air Force One and offered to help him build bridges, to repair our nation's infrastructure," Paul says in the address.  "But I've received no answer.  The president is missing in action."

Sen. Paul, who is the son of 2012 Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, charges that America is floundering while the president is out campaigning.  Furthermore, Paul joins his party cohorts in criticizing the President Obama for his remarks in June about the importance of continued government investments in public services and infrastructure that many U.S. businesses rely on to function.

Speaking in Roanoke, Va., Obama said, "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help … Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

Now in this week's address, Sen. Paul takes his turn at condemning the president's statements.

"A country with such a rich heritage deserves a leader who values the work ethic and understands that you did build that. That you did earn that," he says.

But the real problem for Americans, Sen. Paul says, is the out of control spending and disregard for the Constitution.

" … I've met the enemy and the enemy is us," he says.

"The enemy is not Barack Obama or the Democrats. And though the media may not like this, the enemy is not gridlock.  The enemy is the looting of the Treasury and 20 years of deficit spending. The enemy is an out of control, unaccountable Federal Reserve and its devaluation of our currency. The enemy is our lack of being bound by the restraints of the Constitution," he continues.

Still, Paul says the "thousand page bills that no one has read" and the lack of a federal budget comes down to a lack of leadership in Washington.

"As we defy out constitutional bearings and seek to punish job creators, we ignore the wonderful history of where we came from and who we are. We imperil our future and squander our children's birthright," he says. "The president has failed to lead."

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