Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, it's been 294 days since the Republicans took control of the House. The party of no still refuses to put forward a clear jobs plan. They have put politics ahead of what is right for the American people.
Unemployment is near 17 percent in my district, one of the highest rates of foreclosure in the country. The American people in my district are hurting, and throughout the country.
Yet, instead of acting on a bold plan to create new jobs, Republicans have decided to protect tax cuts for millionaires and companies that ship jobs overseas. Now the Republicans in the Senate have said ``no'' to the American Jobs Act, even though it includes the same proposals that they have supported in the past.
And the Republican leaders in the Senate just called the proposal to help teachers, firefighters, and police officers stay on the job a ``bailout.'' These public servants educate, and I state, educate our children and keep our streets safe. They deserve our support. They don't deserve more gridlock in Congress.
We can't wait. Let's pass the American Jobs Act now.