If our economy is going to make a comeback, the U.S. Senate must start acting like it wants to create more jobs and pass the bills that already have been passed by the House of Representatives. The Democratic Senate is sitting on more than 18 bills that could jumpstart the economy and produce jobs.
These bills address everything from keeping labor relations out of company relocation decisions, to oil pipeline approval for jobs creation, to veterans’ employment and job training to benefit service members who return to civilian life. The House even stamped a bill setting a budget for the government through 2021, which will give businesses the financial security they seek from their leaders.
These bills assist in the creation of jobs and the revival of the economy, which President Barack Obama’s job bill — actually a rehash of his past stimulus bill — could not do. This new bill, like the old one, is little more than payback to the unions and will not create jobs.
Obama would do more by supporting — and the Senate should pass — the following bills to get our country back on track:
HR 72: Directs certain committees to inventory and review pending and proposed regulations and orders from federal agencies with respect to how they will affect jobs and economic growth.
HR 2587: Prohibits the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to close, relocate or transfer employment under any circumstance.
HR 1938: Directs the president to expedite the consideration and approval of the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a 1,661-mile pipeline from Canada to Texas.
HR 2433: Amends U.S.C. Title 38 to make improvements in the law relating to the employment and training of veterans.
HR 1229 and 1239: Amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to facilitate the safe and timely production of American energy resources from the Gulf of Mexico and to reverse Obama’s moratorium on drilling.
HR 4: Repeals the expansion of information reporting requirements of $600 or more to corporations.
HR 2930 and 2940: Allows small businesses to advertise for investors, which they presently are not allowed to solicit, making it easier to raise capital. It also allows a large number of investors to invest smaller amounts. The SEC does not now allow this.
HR 1965: Ensures that small banks are not required to register with the SEC, eliminating the reporting requirements that larger banks must comply with.
HR 910: Amends the Clean Air Act to prohibit the EPA from instituting any regulation relating to the emission of greenhouse gas, which now is a burden to small business.
HR 2401: Requires analysis of the cumulative and incremental impacts of rules and actions of the EPA. A committee would be formed to evaluate the impact that EPA rules would have on businesses and to make recommendations to assist businesses
HR 3078: Approves and implements the free trade agreement between the United States and Columbia, opening up new markets for Georgia goods and possibly more shipping for the Savannah ports.
HR 3080: Implements a free trade agreement with South Korea to open the market to U.S. goods. The United States currently only imports goods from South Korea.
H Con Res 34: Establishes a budget for the government covering 2012 and 2013 through 2021.
Calderone is a conservative who lives in Midway. He is a professional salesperson and for 30 years has written articles for trade publications in various fields.