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Democrats Call on Saudis to Bail Them Out of Rising Gas Prices, Continue to Block American Energy

As gas prices continue to rise – hurting families and small business across America – even Washington Democrats are calling for more energy resources. But instead of calling for more American-made energy – which would help create more than a million new jobs and upset their liberal environmentalist allies – Washington Democrats are calling on Saudi Arabia to bail them out of the rising price of gas on their watch. Reuters has the details: 

 
“The United States should do more to encourage Saudi Arabia to boost its oil production to make up for lost Iranian oil, Senator Charles Schumer said on Sunday, urging renewed diplomacy as a way to ease the run-up in oil prices....Schumer asked Clinton to urge the Saudi government to increase production to full capacity of 12.5 million barrels per day - an increase of 2.5 million barrels.” 
 
The story goes on to note that, “Gasoline prices in the United States are the highest on record for February. The American Automobile Association (AAA) said the national average price hit $3.65 per gallon on Friday, and analysts say average prices could rise well over $4 per gallon during the peak driving season in coming months.” 
 
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Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY): Debate is About Religious Freedom, Not Contraception

Debate is About Religious Freedom, Not Contraception
By Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Lexington Herald-Leader
February 27,2012

Just when you thought you'd heard it all, you can peel back the pages of the Herald-Leader and gaze with astonishment at a columnist's suggestion that the protections granted to people of faith under the First Amendment to the Constitution are akin to sharia law. Ironically, it's a credit to the First Amendment's protection of free speech and a free press that such an outlandish suggestion can be made at all.

Thankfully for the Herald-Leader and all Americans, your First Amendment rights are protected whether others think they should be or not. At least they were until a few weeks ago.

At issue is the Obama administration's recent decision to force religious institutions to provide insurance to its employees that includes coverage that some, including the Catholic Church, have religious objections to providing. The new rule is born of a provision created in Obamacare, health care legislation whose constitutionality is itself under examination by the Supreme Court.

 
The fact that liberals believe the controversy is about contraception underscores the troubled relationship they have with the Constitution.
 
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News Reports: Rising Gas Prices Are “Bad News During a Struggling Recovery”

This week, a flurry of news reports have highlighted the rising price of gas at the pump – and the affect that it’s having on jobs and our economy.  NBC News reports that “every 50 cent increase in gas prices takes almost $150 billion out of the rest of the economy. That's bad news during a struggling recovery.”  Watch the rest of their report here: 

 

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

 
Other media outlets have reported on the rising price of gas under President Obama. In fact, they’ve nearly doubled since he’s been president – while Senate Democrats continue to stall on House-passed energy bills. 
 
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GOP Pushing New Energy and Jobs Bill

GOP Pushing New Energy and Jobs Bill
Human Events
By John Boehner
February 8, 2012

Last month, President Obama visited the House chamber and had an opportunity to chart a new course for America's still-ailing economy.  Instead, in his State of the Union address, the president doubled down on the same failed approach and gimmicks that have left unemployment above 8 percent for a full three years.  The president's economic policies are simply making it harder for small businesses to grow and hire more workers.  That’s why House Republicans have been pursuing a different approach to job creation.

Our Plan for America's Job Creators is focused on fostering entrepreneurship, easing regulations that are smothering job creators, boosting American exports, reducing budget deficits that are stifling economic growth, lowering the tax burden on small and family-owned businesses, and removing government barriers to domestic energy production.

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ABC News: Speaker Boehner Calls President’s Bluff as GOP Readies Jobs Package

Speaker Boehner Calls President's Bluff as GOP Readies Jobs Package
ABC News
By John Parkinson
December 8, 2011

House Speaker John Boehner says he will move a bill next week to address three economic imperatives set to expire at the end of the year, but the legislative concoction House Republicans are cobbling together could prove to be too toxic for Senate Democrats to support or for the president to sign.

“We had a great conversation with our members about an agreement that we would move a bill that would extend and reform unemployment benefits, that would extend the payroll tax credit while preserving the Social Security trust fund, and it would also include some of our jobs initiatives such as the Keystone pipeline and Boiler MACT,” Boehner, R-Ohio, announced this morning.

The catch is the inclusion of the pipeline project, which sets up a surefire showdown with the White House. At a photo-op with the Canadian prime minister Wednesday, President Obama preemptively announced that he would reject – but not explicitly veto – any payroll tax cut extension that’s tied to the Keystone XL pipeline project or other “extraneous issues not related to making sure the American people’s taxes don’t go up on January 1st.”

“Any effort to try to tie Keystone to the payroll tax cut I will reject, so everybody should be on notice,” Obama warned. “I don’t expect to have to veto it because I expect they’re going to have enough sense over on Capitol Hill to do the people’s business, and not try to load it up with a bunch of politics.”

Last month, the president delayed a decision on the project in order to study alternate routes for the pipeline, thus punting a politically contentious issue past the 2012 election.

Despite the president’s warning, the speaker said the project is a “no-brainer” and he called on Obama to support the “bipartisan proposal.” The $7 billion project by TransCanada would bring oil from the tar sands in Canada to refineries in the south of the United States. Republicans say the pipeline will generate $585 million in new taxes for states and communities along the pipeline route and TransCanada would pay $5.2 in property taxes during the operating life of the pipeline.

“The president says that the American people can’t wait on jobs. Well guess what? We agree whole-heartedly with the president. The Keystone pipeline project will create 10s of thousands of jobs immediately. It has bipartisan support in the House and Senate,” Boehner said. “It’s pretty clear that president has decided to push this decision off for a year conveniently until after his next election. The American people can’t wait, as the president said, and at a time when the American people are still asking the question: ‘Where are the jobs?’ I think this is a bipartisan proposal that the president ought to endorse.”

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Bloomberg: Boehner Leads Drive to Take Away Obama Power to Issue Rules

Boehner Leads Drive to Take Away Obama Power to Issue Rules
Bloomberg
By Julie Bykowicz
December 2, 2011

The U.S. House today approved the second in a series of bills to limit the president’s authority to regulate business, a move Republicans called necessary for job creation and Democrats labeled a political power grab.

The series of regulatory bills fits with Republicans’ 2010 “Pledge to America” campaign document… [and the package's] centerpiece legislation, scheduled to be voted on next week, is called the Regulations in Need of Scrutiny, or REINS Act. It would require Congress to sign off on every agency rule with an annual cost of $100 million or more on business. Now, Congress must vote to block the president from issuing regulations.

The bill “provides a long-term solution to stopping job- crushing regulations by creating a process to responsibly evaluate whether or not regulations that have a significant economic impact are necessary,” Boehner said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

The White House Office of Management and Budget said in a statement Nov. 29 it would recommend a presidential veto if it passes both houses of Congress.

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New at JohnBoehner.com: Boehner Touts GOP’s Agenda to Remove Barriers to Job Creation as New Report Reaffirms that Uncertainty is Hurting Small Businesses

Over at JohnBoehner.com today there's a new post highlighting a study on economic uncertainty from an Ohio University Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies who has a stern warning for the Obama Administration if it wants to help boost job creation.  Be sure to visit JohnBoehner.com for all the details, and excerpts from Speaker Boehner's press conference on the GOP's jobs agenda. 

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#WeCantWait? White House Delays Energy Project at the Expense of More than 20,000 Jobs

In a decision that smacks of political expediency, the Obama Administration today punted final approval on an energy project that would have created thousands of American jobs until after the 2012 election.  Here’s the story:

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Speaker Boehner on ABC’s This Week: House is Acting on GOP’s Plan for America’s Job Creators

Appearing on ABC’s This Week with Christiane Amanpour, Speaker Boehner highlighted the 22 bipartisan, House-passed jobs bills stuck in the Democrat-run Senate and called on President Obama to stop using divisive class warfare rhetoric and work with the GOP to help all Americans. 

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Boehner: New House Majority Has Changed the Debate on Jobs, Spending in Democrat-Run Washington

It’s been a little more than one year since Americans elected a Republican House majority, and yesterday Speaker Boehner spent a few minutes with reporters reflecting back on the past year before launching into the latest on GOP efforts to help create jobs and reduce the deficit.  “We’ve changed the debate here,” Boehner said, according to McClatchy's David Lightman. “We’re not talking about spending more money.”

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