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Saturday
Sep292012

GOP Address: Congressional Candidate Vernon Parker on Jobs & 'Restoring the American Dream'

Vernon Parker for Congress(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican address, congressional candidate Vernon Parker of Arizona highlights his experience growing up in a tough neighborhood "replete with guns, gangs and violence," and shares his party's solutions for creating jobs and "restoring the American Dream."

Parker, who is seeking to represent Phoenix's ninth congressional district, says that after family members had sacrificed so much for him to obtain an education (he was first in his family to attend college) and complete law school, he promised himself that "I would work hard to get others out and make it easier for them to have the same opportunities that have given me a chance to make a difference."  For this reason, he says, he's running for Congress.

During his congressional campaign, the Paradise Valley mayor says people ask him most often about what he would do about jobs.

“I tell them nothing is more important than getting the middle class back to work.  The unemployment rate in our state is 8.3 percent, more than the national average and unacceptably high.  That figure doesn’t take into account people who have given up looking for a job altogether.  It doesn’t reflect the struggles of families trying to keep up with higher prices on everything from gas to groceries," he says in the address.

“I tell my neighbors it doesn’t have to be this way.  We have employers who want to hire and workers who want to work, but government won’t get out of the way."

But, Parker says, something must be done about the U.S. having "the highest corporate tax rate in the world. That just pushes jobs away, overseas to India, to China, to all our competitors." Parker says he agrees with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan that government should act to put a stop to looming tax hikes and develop a pro-growth tax code that will bring jobs back to the U.S.

Additionally, Parker says, "we need to look at reining in all the excessive red tape that is making it harder to live, work, hire and do business."

"If we pull together, we can get the middle class back to work, we can restore America's promise."

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Saturday
Sep222012

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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Saturday
Sep152012

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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Saturday
Sep012012

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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Saturday
Aug252012

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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Saturday
Jul282012

GOP Address: Sen. Orrin Hatch Says Raising Taxes Is 'Not a Solution'

Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Raising taxes on businesses is the wrong solution while in the middle of economic crisis, according to Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah who delivers this week's Republican address.

Sen. Hatch warns Americans about the impending tax hike set to hit "middle-class families, job creators and seniors" if the president and Congress don't act soon.  

"The uncertainty caused by this tax crisis -- or Taxmageddon -- is contributing to America's lackluster economic recovery," he says in the address. "That's not a Republican talking point; that's based on what job creators across the country are saying."

Like his Republican colleagues in Washington, Hatch contends that if Congress passes the Democratic plan not to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for families with incomes higher than $250,000, business owners would have trouble generating jobs in the U.S.

"This isn’t the time for political games and vilifying job creators.  The President and his Washington allies need to stop holding America’s economy hostage in order to raise taxes on those trying to lead our economic recovery,” says Hatch, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Finance Committee.

But President Obama and congressional Democrats say that the GOP plan put forward by Hatch that would extend tax cuts for the wealthy represents "top-down economics"  that would gut education and training, while raising taxes for middle-class households.

Still, "Raising taxes [on American business owners] as our economy continues to struggle is not a solution, and the majority of Americans and businesses understand that," says Hatch.

Tax reform "should mean lower tax rates to promote more hiring, investment and a stronger economy," he says.

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Saturday
May262012

GOP Address: Rep. Jenkins Says 'We Owe Returning Services Members A Strong Economy'

US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Lynn Jenkins of Kansas delivers the Republican address this Memorial Day weekend honoring the fallen men and women of the U.S. Armed forces and praying "for our sons and daughters who are risking their lives so that we may live in freedom and security."

Jenkins underscores the importance of energizing the economy so that active duty men and women can return home with to opportunities to support themselves and their families.

"Of course, we owe it to our service members to do everything we can to ensure they come home to a strong, growing economy that creates jobs and opportunities," she says.

But with the rising costs of living and millions of Americans still out of work, Jenkins says "Americans are clamoring for optimistic leadership and a positive agenda to help get people back to work …" She adds that the Republicans' Plan for America's Jobs Creators is what will get Americans working by focusing long-term growth instead of a "short-term stimulus" and on small businesses and not "big government."

Rep. Jenkins continues, offering up GOP-hatched solutions for job creation and economic growth, namely domestic energy projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline.  

"An overwhelming majority of the American people and a bipartisan coalition in Congress supports Keystone, but right now it is stuck in a House-Senate conference committee due to opposition from the president and his allies in the Senate Democratic leadership," the congresswoman said, adding, "Republicans are holding strong for Keystone by insisting it should be included in any transportation legislation Congress send to President Obama."

Jenkins gave answer to the President Obama's recent proposed "To-Do List" and touted the benefits of removing costly red tape for small business owners, repealing the health care law and curbing federal spending.

"Through the Republican jobs plan, the House has voted to take these common-sense steps to sustained job growth and prosperity. Right now, there are 30 House-passed jobs bills awaiting action in the Democratic-controlled Senate, giving President Obama a serious to-do list to tackle," she said.

"Republicans continue to stand ready and willing to work with him on these priorities."

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Saturday
Apr282012

GOP Address: Paul Ryan Slams Democrats, Touts 'Path to Prosperity'

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- In this week’s Republican address, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan accuses President Obama and Democratic leaders of overspending and expresses concern about the nation’s economic future.

“As I go around Southern Wisconsin and visit with Americans across the country about the debt and the economy, people often ask: is it too late to save America from a diminished future?

“It’s a difficult question,” Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, says. “[I]t’s one that makes me worry about my children’s future, and I know you’re worried too.”

Noting that this weekend will mark three years since the Democrat-controlled Senate has passed a budget, Ryan says, “This unserious approach to budgeting has dire consequences for American families. The president and his party leaders are now insisting that Washington take trillions of dollars from hardworking Americans in an effort to lock in ever-higher government spending. If we’ve learned anything over the last three years, it’s that this approach won’t work."

The House of Representatives approved Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget resolution last month by a mostly party-line vote. In Saturday morning’s address, Ryan says the House-approved budget would produce economic growth and opportunities, “with bold reforms to the tax code and a credible, principled plan to prevent a debt crisis from ever happening.”

“It would support safe, responsible energy exploration here at home to address high gas prices and it would repeal the president’s health care law, which is making it harder for businesses to hire new workers,” he says.

Following last month’s House vote, the White House said the plan's passing “stands as another example of the Republican establishment grasping onto the same failed economic policies that stacked the deck against the middle class and created the worst financial crisis in decades.”

According to Ryan, the president “is hunkered down in campaign mode, and seems intent on dividing Americans for political gain instead of offering credible solutions to our most pressing fiscal and economic challenges.”

Meanwhile, Democrats in the Senate, Ryan says, are “about to go another year without a budget.”

“By contrast, the Republican-led House has passed a pro-growth budget and nearly 30 jobs bills that are waiting for action in the Senate.  This week, we passed four more bills relating to stopping cyberterrorism – which hurts our economy and costs jobs.  And we’re working to advance the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring 20,000 jobs to the United States,” Ryan says.

“We will get back on a path to prosperity,” Ryan says. “It is not too late to get this right.  But only with the right leadership in place can we renew the American promise of leaving our children a stronger nation than the one our parents left us.”

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Saturday
Apr212012

GOP Address: Sen. Blunt Says Domestic Energy Is Shortest Path to Jobs

United States Senate(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican address, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt calls on the Obama administration and Senate Democrats to work together to pass "bipartisan solutions that would relieve pain at the pump and pressure on jobs."

Rather than focusing on what Blunt calls "common sense" steps to reduce gas prices and create jobs, the senator says the administration and Senate Democrats are "focused on the wrong things."

"The latest example was the Senate's vote this week on the so-called Buffett Tax -- a gimmick that would do nothing to jumpstart jobs or lower fuel prices for average Americans who are really struggling to make ends meet and has a lot of negative consequences," Blunt says in the address.

The Buffett Rule was named for billionaire entrepreneur Warren Buffett, who voiced support for increased income taxes for the wealthy after calling attention to his lower tax rate compared to that of his secretary.  Under the tax plan, proposed by President Obama last year, individuals making more than a million dollars in annual income would have to pay a minimum tax rate of 30 percent.

But Blunt says the government's number one priority should be the creation of jobs and relief of energy costs.  Blunt notes that a lead sponsor of the Buffet Rule "admitted on the Senate floor this week, that according to him, 'the aim of this bill is not to lower the unemployment rate or the price of gasoline.'"

Blunt uses this week's Republican address to respond to the statement: "Why would the Senate be talking about things that wouldn’t have impact on energy prices or our economy? Why would we have wasted the week on something like that? There’s really no excuse for not doing things that would lower gas prices and encourage private sector job creation," he says.

Citing a recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce study, Blunt says small business owners' top concern was gas prices and, consequently, they are not hiring because they aren't "confident with the [economic] recovery."

By blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline, Blunt says the administration and Senate Democrats are blocking solutions for economic recovery.

The Keystone pipeline, according to Sen. Blunt, is "the nation's largest shovel-ready project, no taxpayer money involved, it would create thousands of American jobs and deliver more than 800,000 barrels of oil a day to our refineries from our best trading partner and our closest neighbor, Canada -- all without costing taxpayers."

Blunt criticizes Senate Democrats for blocking legislation that would produce more domestic energy, and says Keystone is "one common sense step in the right direction."

"Jobs, jobs, and jobs should be the number one, two and three domestic priorities of the federal government. The shortest path to more American jobs is more American energy," he says.

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Saturday
Mar102012

GOP Address: Gov. Dalrymple Says US Needs 'Common Sense' Governing

Governor's Office, North Dakota(BISMARK, N.D.) -- North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple says in this week's Republican address that the reasons his state is doing comparatively better than others and  has the lowest unemployment rate of all the states at 3.2 percent is because "we run government with common sense."

Dalrymple continues, "We don't spend more money than we collect in revenue each year. We don't have General Obligation debt, and we only borrow when we have identified a revenue source to pay it back"
 
Gov. Dalrymple says that if the Federal budget were managed with the same prudence as that of North Dakota, this country could be making wiser investments in infrastructure and job growth.  But, he says in the address, President Obama has failed to reduce government spending, and it seems as though Congress has played "budgeting games" instead of making progress at balancing the annual budget. But getting the government to get its fiscal house in order is just half the battle, Dalrymple claims.
 
"The other part is focusing on creating good paying jobs," he says.

The governor goes on to tout the fiscal successes of North Dakota, "where taxes and insurance are low, the regulatory environment is very reasonable, and we have the most responsive state government anywhere. Companies want to expand in North Dakota because of the ease of doing business and because of our well educated, well trained workforce."
 
As for why the U.S. economy is on the wrong track, Dalrymple gives two reasons.
 
"First, the Federal government is unnecessarily adding to the cost of living and the cost of doing business in America. Just one example is our cost of energy. The price of gasoline is rising rapidly because we continue to depend on foreign oil. It is now within our reach to become energy independent in North America if we simply develop the resources we already have available in places like the Gulf of Mexico, non-sensitive public lands across America, and in our friendly bordering countries," he says.
 
The second reason, Dalrymple says, is that "the Federal government is killing energy development with overly burdensome regulations. The best example of this is the Keystone XL pipeline which the Obama Administration will not allow to be built."  Just this week, the Senate narrowly defeated an amendment to a transportation bill that would have included approval for the Keystone pipeline. But Dalrymple says approving the project is the "common sense thing to do."

“America needs to return to a government based on common sense. Three Presidential candidates have visited North Dakota, and I have told them all the same thing: Build America back on the same blueprint that North Dakota has adopted and our country will surely be rewarded with the same great economy our state is enjoying," he says.

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