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E-News 12/16/11

The Week Just Past: Progress

A Foundation for Job Growth in 2012

Taking Aim at Iran – Again

The Week Just Past: Progress

“As I write this, Congress is in final stages of approving common-sense legislation to provide funding to keep the federal government operating through next September. 

“These developments fly in the face of the President’s recent remarks in which he basically accused the House Majority of blindly opposing his policies and resisting compromise.

“To the contrary, House Members, who listen to the people,  have shown they’re willing to work with the President on areas of common ground.  Here’s just a short lis t of consensus bills we’ve passed this year:   

·        3% Business Withholding Rule Repeal – Signed into law

·        Obamacare 1099 Repeal – Signed into law

·        Landmark Patent Reform – Signed into law

·        Incentives for Hiring Veterans – Signed into law

·        Colombia Free Trade Agreement – Signed into law 

·        Panama Free Trade Agreement – Signed into law

·        South Korea Free Trade Agreement – Signed into law

·        Budget Control Act – Signed into law

“Now there are only a few items left on Congress’ 2011 ‘to do’ list:

·        The bipartisan Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act to extend the payroll tax and unemployment insurance, boost the economy and create private sector jobs.

“As this year draws to a close, it is my sincere hope that we can find far more agreement in 2012 on what should be Congress’ and the President’s top priority: JOBS!  Unemployment and underemployment are unacceptably high and persistent.  Families across New Jersey are hurting.

“For my part, I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to ensure that the United States remains the envy of the world by setting the stage for private sector job creation and economic growth, finding a way to reduce our deficit and debt, cutting taxes and making certain that we have the strongest military in the world.“

Rodney Frelinghuysen

A Foundation for Job Growth in 2012

America is at a critical crossroads and in 2012, Congress must be committed to taking every possible step to spur job creation and get our economy back on track so that Americans can do what they do best: create, innovate and lead.

The House’s pro-growth agenda addresses our economic challenges, fosters innovation and investment, and helps job creators without raising taxes on working families and small business owners:

·        The House has passed over 30 bipartisan bills that protected job creators from tax increases, rolled back job-killing regulations, promoted American energy independence and created a better environment for job creators.  THOSE 30 BILLS NOW LANGUISH IN THE SENATE;

·        The House blocked the Obama Administration’s year-long effort to take more money from job creators and families;

·        The House fought to ensure that the President signed into law the repeal of the Obamacare 1099 paperwork mandate repeal, the 3% withholding tax repeal and three free trade agreements that will create jobs in New Jersey and across our nation;

·        The House made progress on what the Wall Street Journal called “the largest overhaul of the rule-making process and larger administrative state since Ronald Reagan and perhaps longer.”

“In addition to our repeal of the government takeover of healthcare, we’ve made strides toward ‘getting government off the backs of businesses, taxpayers and families,” Rodney said.  “There’s much more work to be done in the New Year.  I can’t wait!”

Recommended Reading:  Michael Riley and John Walcott have written an article worth reading in the Tuesday Washington Post, “China-based hacking offers evidence of global cyber war.”

Taking Aim at Iran - Again

The House this week passed two bills that dramatically strengthen existing sanctions against Iran, giving the President unprecedented authorities to impose crippling sanctions on Iran's economy as it continues to pursue a nuclear weapons capability.

The Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2011, and the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Reform and Modernization Act of 2011 passed the House Wednesday by overwhelming margins.  :

“Iran’s stubborn pursuit of nuclear weapons adds to the grave threat Iran poses to its neighbors in the Middle East and the United States and our allies,” Rodney said.  “Passage of these bills gives the President more power to sanction the Iranian regime to discourage them from following their dangerous path.”

This week, Rodney also cosponsored legislation directing the State Department to add the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps to its list of terrorist organizations.

Recommended Reading: Charles Krauthammer, writing in today’s Washington Post, The Wages of Appeasement.”