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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: Sen. John Barrasso Seeks Health Care Law Repeal

United States Senate(WASHINGTON) -- In the days since the Supreme Court's ruling Thursday to uphold President Obama's health care law, both Republicans in Congress and the GOP's presumptive presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, have vowed to repeal it.  In this week's Republican address, Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso joins his party's call for repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Calling the law a "failed policy that won't lower the cost of health care in America," Barrasso says the president promised that his health care plan would not raise taxes on American families.  But Barrasso says President Obama has broken his promise.  

"On Thursday, I was in the courtroom as the Supreme Court ruled that the President's health care law is what the president claimed is was not: a new tax.

On Friday, White House officials insisted that the individual mandate in the president’s health care bill is a “penalty,” not a tax, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the law under Congress’ taxing power.

“For those who can afford health insurance but choose to remain uninsured, forcing the rest of us to pay for their care, a penalty is administered as part of the Affordable Care Act,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Friday.

Still the individual mandate is just one of the president's "many broken promises," according to Barrasso.

"He promised lower health care costs, but they keep going up.  He promised lower insurance premiums, but they've increased $2,400 a family over the past three years.  He promised the law would create jobs, but the Congressional Budget Office projects that 800,000 fewer people will have jobs because of this law.  He promised it wouldn't add a dime to the deficit, but the law calls for trillions of dollars in new spending that Americans don't want," he says of President Obama's health plan.

Barrasso added that President Obama also promised to protect Medicare, "but instead he raided $500 billion from our seniors on Medicare -- not to strengthen Medicare -- but to start a whole new government program for someone else."

The senator says that repealing the law and replacing it with "real health care reform" is what will "make sure that our heath care system is truly patient-centered, not government-centered."

"Once we have repealed the law, we will tackle the serious problems that plagued our health care system and are now getting worse," Barrasso says. "We will replace this law with real reforms that will actually lower costs and improve access to care.  We will not make the same mistakes the Democrats made.  We will not raise taxes in the middle of a recession.  We will not push through a 2,700 page bill the American people can't afford and don't want."

"Now that the Supreme Court has acted, the American people cannot afford for Congress to wait any longer," he says. "It is time for Washington to repeal the president's health care law and replace it with real health care reform."

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GOP Address: President Obama Should 'Embrace' Keystone XL

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As Congress finally reaches an agreement averting a government shutdown, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., is still touting the much debated Keystone Pipeline.  A vote on the proposal to extend payroll tax cuts for another two months is set to take place Saturday morning, and will also include Keystone -- an inclusion President Obama has said he would reject.

After a 90 minute meeting Friday evening, many Senate Democrats admitted that there are parts of the proposal that they don’t like. While they did get the payroll tax cut extension and the unemployment benefits extension -- they had to make major concessions on the inclusion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline provision and the fact that the bill does not have any tax increase on millionaires.

Now, Sen. Barasso informs Americans of all the benefits of pushing Keystone XL through.

"It will create as many as 20,000 construction jobs and 100,000 indirect jobs and it will strengthen our nation's energy security," Sen. Barasso says.

"Keystone would allow us to transport 700,000 barrels of oil a day from our northern neighbor Canada to refineries in the United States.  Having a steady source of energy from our friend and ally would make us less dependent on energy from the volatile Middle East -- and that is good for America," he adds.

Claiming that President Obama may have inherited a bad economy, but has only made it worse since taking office, Barrasso says in the Republican address that Keystone is a "real solution" the president should "embrace" to create more jobs.

"We need more from the White House than threats to veto a bill that would create 20,000 jobs for Americans," Sen. Barrasso says.

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GOP Senator: Biden Remarks Are 'Over the Top,' a 'Sign of Desperation' 

Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., has called Vice President Biden’s comments in Philadelphia made on Tuesday “over the top” and a “sign of desperation.”

On Tuesday at the University of Pennsylvania, the vice president said that one argument he’s “heard from my friends who oppose” the jobs bill is that “this is just temporary.”

“It’s not temporary when that 911 call comes in and a woman’s being raped if a cop shows up in time to prevent the rape,” Biden said. “It’s not temporary to the guy whose store is being held up and a gun is being pointed to his head,” he continued, “if a cop shows up and he’s not killed, that’s not temporary to that store owner...I wish these guys that thought it's temporary, I wish they had some notion what it’s like to be on the other side of a gun. Or a 200-pound man standing over you telling you to submit. “

On Thursday, Senator Barrasso laid into Vice President Biden, saying that he is just trying to scare people into supporting the jobs bill, showing that he has “doubts” that this piece of the jobs bill is going to work.

“Vice President Biden made a number of comments that I believe were over the top,” Senator Barrasso said at a press conference Thursday. “The vice president is attempting to use fear tactics on the American people and really, to me, shows a sign of desperation of the vice president and of this administration because they realize that their policies have failed the American people.”

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Frustration in the Senate

Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) --The action on the debt debate is in the House, where lawmakers are set to vote Friday evening on House Speaker John Boehner’s updated debt ceiling proposal. But even if that proposal can muster the 217 votes, likely all Republican, it’ll need to pass the House.

Boehner’s proposal seems doomed to fail in the Senate, where the Democratic majority leader, Harry Reid, D-Nev., called it "Dead on Arrival."

All 51 Democratic Senators, and two Independents who caucus with the Democrats, showed a united front in a letter sent to the Speaker of the House Wednesday evening that they will vote no to Boehner’s  bill.

In a move to demonstrate the Boehner bill, even if it does pass in the House, will not go farther than that in its present form, the senators say the short-term extension in the bill “would put America at risk.”

“Your approach would force us once again to face the threat of default in five or six short months,” the letter says, “Every day, another expert warns us that your short-term approach could be nearly as disastrous as a default and would lead to a downgrade in our credit rating.  If our credit is downgraded, it would cost us billions of dollars more in interest payments on our existing debt and drive up our deficit.  Even more worrisome, a downgrade would spike interest rates, making everything from mortgages, car loans and credit cards more expensive for families and businesses nationwide.”

At a press conference Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid left the door open to perhaps making changes to the Boehner plan and then perhaps bringing that up for a vote. But there is no firm word this is what he would do, should the Boehner plan pass in the House when it is voted on Friday night.

Frustration is rampant in the Senate as the deadline for default ticks closer with each day.

Senator Al Franken, D-Minn., used a snarky visual aide Thursday -- a bold sign that read, “WELCOME TERRORISTS” -- to demonstrate that if a deal is not passed come August 2, federal government employees including counterterrorism agents in the FBI and border agents would not be paid.

Democrat Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., pleaded  for members of Congress to realize the stakes, adding that she could add “even more intense language” than “what the heck is this?”

Republican Senator Isakson, R-Ga., described the impasse with a silly word: “dillydally,” and called next Tuesday the “day of reckoning.”

Senator Webb, D-Va., who fought in Vietnam as an infantry Marine, drew on a story from the Vietnam War to warn the Republicans not to “destroy the American economy in order to save it.”

Senator Coburn, R-Okla., said calmly but sternly, “We’re not listening. We’re not paying attention to the anxiety, fear.”

The debate continues on the Senate floor as negotiations rage behind closed doors on the Hill.

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Barrasso Criticizes Dems 'Broken Promises' in GOP Address

Photo Courtesy - Office of Sen. John Barrasso(WASHINGTON) -- Republican Sen. John Barrasso, of Wyoming, cited Friday’s worse-than-expected unemployment report as evidence that Democrats have broken their promises on job creation.

“48 states have lost jobs,” Barrasso said in the weekly GOP address. “Friday's job numbers confirm that far too many Americans are still looking for work.”

The jobs report was the final major economic indicator before the midterm elections.

 “If you are tired of Washington’s broken promises, you now have a choice,” he said. “More of the same or a new direction.”

Employers cut 95,000 jobs in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The private sector added 64,000 jobs, while the government sector shed 159,000 workers.

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