Thompson to President: ‘In the House, We Haven't Waited’ on Jobs Legislation

October 27, 2011

This week, I delivered three separate floor speeches, outlining 17 House-passed jobs bills that are currently awaiting action in the Senate. The 3rd speech was delivered today, following passage of H.R. 674, legislation to repeal the 3% withholding rule on certain payments made to vendors by government entities, which is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2013. H.R. 674 passed with bipartisan support in the House by a vote of 405-16.  

If we keep up the pressure, Pesident Obama and Senate Democrats are bound to start working with the House on these common sense jobs bills.  

When you have some time, check out the speeches below.  

Remarks as prepared 

October 25, 2011

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

It was reported today that President Obama is trying out a new slogan on his campaign-style road trip.  The new slogan is – “We Can’t Wait.”

In my opinion, this slogan is an odd choice, especially coming from the President and his party.

Right now, 15 different House-passed jobs bills – each reduce the red tape that is hindering small business and each remove obstacles to domestic energy production – are stuck in the Senate awaiting action from the Democrat leadership.

Mr. Speaker, the President is right – “We Can’t Wait.”

We can’t wait for the President and Democrats to join us in eliminating excessive government regulations, stopping Washington from spending money it doesn’t have, and fixing the tax code for families and job creators.

We can’t wait for the Obama Administration to end the continual delays to job creating domestic energy production.

We can’t wait for Senate Democrats to approve more than a dozen House-passed jobs bills.

Americans who want to get back to work shouldn’t have to wait any longer for Washington to get out of the way.

It’s time for President Obama and Senate Democrats to put aside politics and work with the House on these common sense ideas.  We simply can’t wait.  

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.  I yield back.

Remarks as prepared

October 25, 2011

Mr. Speaker, a lot of folks in this chamber talk about job creation, which is important because jobs should – and must – be our nation’s top priority.

But the solution to our economic woes isn’t going to come from Washington. It’s going to come from domestic industries and small businesses across this nation.

One industry that comes to mind is the energy industry. In particular, the Marcellus Shale Natural Gas play, much of which is located in my district.

During 2010, the Marcellus Shale supported nearly 140,000 jobs and is projected to generate more than $12.8 billion in economic activity in 2011.

The Washington myth that government creates jobs continues to be on the lips of many inside the beltway.

Yet the Marcellus has been so productive in part, because the federal government does not have direct involvement in the regulation, which remains largely in the hands of the commonwealth.

Mr. Speaker, government should be focused on removing barriers to growth, such as the 15 job creating bills now passed by the House and ignored by the Senate.  

Here in the House, we haven’t waited.  It’s time for our Senate colleagues to act.  And act now.

Remarks as prepared

Ocotber 27, 2011

Mr. Speaker, not only can we not wait.  We can’t afford to wait. And here in the House, we haven’t waited.  

With this week's passage of HR 1904, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011, and H.R. 674, the repeal of the 3% withholding rule on certain payments made to vendors by government entities, the House chamber now has passed more than 17 job creating bills in the first half of the 112th Congress.  

HR 1904 will boost development of our nation’s copper resources, generating billions in new revenue and creating new environments for economic growth.

Much like the costly “Form 1099” requirements that we succeeded in repealing earlier this year, the 3% withholding rule would impose substantial new burdens on cash-strapped employers, impeding cash flows and further undermining job creation.  

Passage of HR 674 will not only create jobs, it will relieve federal, state, and local governments of the need to comply with the significant, unfunded administrative burdens that the rule would impose.

Mr. Speaker, not only can we not wait.  We can’t afford to wait. And here in the House, we haven’t waited.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.  I yield back.