Mr. BACA. All throughout Congress, the Republicans consistently asked, ``Where are the jobs?'' They asked this last year. Yet in their first major action, the House Republicans are showing their true colors: playing politics at the expense of hardworking Americans.
Under the Republican plan to repeal health reform, small businesses will not be able to receive $40 billion in tax credits that will allow them to cover employees; insurance premiums will continue to rise, forcing businesses to cut benefits and lay off employees; and they will add to the deficit, exploding it to $1 trillion over the next 20 years, creating more uncertainty in our economy.
Instead of serving hardworking American families, Republicans would rather have American small businesses serve greedy health insurance companies. Republicans are proving yet again that they are indeed the party of ``no''--no relief, no health care, no jobs.
I urge my colleagues to stand with American small businesses and workers and resist any attempt to repeal health reform.