As we approach the next election, I wanted to offer a brief recap of the 112th Congress. While the last two years have resulted in a long list of legislative successes, in which House Republicans haven't been afraid to take bold steps to address our country's biggest challenges, it has also been marked by missed opportunities with the Senate more often than not acting as an obstacle to progress.
In May 2011, I joined with fellow House Republicans in launching the "Plan for America's Job Creators," a pledge to the American people that the House would advance a legislative agenda aimed at removing government barriers to private-sector job creation. Since then, the House has passed dozens of jobs bills, including numerous proposals to eliminate excessive government regulations that hurt job growth, lower taxes on small businesses and promote domestic energy production. While several of these proposals passed both chambers and have been signed into law by the president, 38 of these bills remain blocked by the Senate.
The failure to lead on the part of the Senate is also evident when it comes to our nation's debt crisis and preventing a series of impending tax hikes that will hit all income levels in January if Congress fails to act. The House has passed two consecutive budgets that solve our nation's debt crisis and create economic growth through comprehensive tax reform, while the Senate has failed to pass a budget in more than four years. On August 1, 2012, a bipartisan majority of the House passed H.R. 8, which would stop all of the tax hikes for another year. To date, the Senate has taken no action to stop all of the tax hikes.
When Congress returns in November, it is my hope that the Senate will begin to work with the House so we can capitalize on the missed opportunities of the last two years. I hope to hear from you as the House and Senate continue their work. In the meantime, below you will find important information and noteworthy updates from Washington D.C. and across the 5th District during the last month.