Posted by Press Office on April 18, 2012
Under pressure from Republicans’ coordinated effort to hold him accountable for doubling gas prices, President Obama recycled one of his go-to gimmicks to deflect blame yesterday – the “speculation” scapegoat. The president’s transparently political ploy fell flat. As several reports pointed out, what President Obama tried to pass off as a plan was “more politics than substance,” and won’t do anything to help ease the pain at the pump. American families and small businesses aren’t fooled by President Obama’s empty rhetoric, and neither is anyone else…
As Congressman Boehner said on CBS This Morning today, President Obama and Washington Democrats are “gonna pull out every bogeyman they can” to distract from their failed policies. House Republicans remain focused on addressing high gas prices as part of the broader Plan for America’s Job Creators geared toward creating a better environment for the private-sector to grow and create jobs. The House has passed several bills under the plan that would remove barriers to American energy production to help address gas prices and create jobs, and will continue moving additional legislation forward in the weeks ahead. It is time for President Obama to quit playing the blame game and start working with Republicans to get these bills enacted.
Posted by Press Office on April 18, 2012
Here are three quick facts to keep in mind today as the House votes to require approval of the Keystone XL energy project, despite President Obama’s attempts to stop it:
Republicans have passed several “all of the above” bills to address high gas prices that remain blocked by Senate Democrats. Learn more at speaker.gov/energy and by “liking” the American Energy Initiative.
Posted by Press Office on April 16, 2012
The first step to solving a problem, of course, is admitting you have one. Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that the Obama administration’s economic policies have been “remarkably effective” and energy prices haven’t really gone up in recent months. These comments, while absurd, are consistent with the vice president’s boast earlier this month that “our energy policy is the best it’s ever been.” As for President Obama, who has seen gas prices more than double on his watch, he hasn’t said much at all about this issue since pushing the Senate to approve tax hikes that would actually make energy more expensive. That was more than two weeks ago.
Republicans are taking aim at this wall of indifference and “pounding the pocketbook energy issue,” POLITICOnotes, with an “aggressive push” for a real ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy. Today’s Washington Post has more:
Republicans’ months-long energy push, according to The Hill, has included “a steady stream of speeches, television interviews and press events.” Here are just a few ways to get caught up:
Posted by Press Office on April 16, 2012
Up on Facebook today is a status update from Congressman John Boehner previewing this week’s vote on the Small Business Tax Cut Act, a Pledge to America bill that gives struggling small businesses a 20 percent tax cut to help boost job growth. In the status update, Boehner contrasts Republicans’ focus on jobs and gas prices with President Obama’s ongoing campaign for tax hikes.
On NBC’s Meet the Press, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner claimed President Obama’s policies have been “remarkably effective.” But the fact is the administration has only made it harder for small businesses to hire new workers. And instead of talking about jobs, the president is pushing higher taxes.
Both the Small Business Tax Cut Act and the GOP American Energy Initiative are efforts by House Republicans to reverse the president’s ‘stimulus’-style policies and help small businesses grow and hire new workers. Here are a couple excerpts from Boehner’s message this morning:
ON THE SMALL BUSINESS TAX CUT ACT: “In the Pledge to America, Republicans promised to allow small business owners to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their business income. The Small Business Tax Cut Act makes good on that pledge, and will give more than 22 million small businesses with fewer than 500 employees a much-needed infusion of capital.”
ON THE AMERICAN ENERGY INITIATIVE: “[W]e launched the American Energy Initiative, a Pledge-based plan focused on removing barriers to energy production and stopping policies that drive up gas prices. And in the coming weeks we’ll vote on additional legislation to expand production and approve the Keystone XL pipeline blocked by the White House.”
ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CAMPAIGN FOR TAX HIKES: “The Democratic-controlled Senate refuses to vote on most of these [House-passed] jobs bills. And the president isn’t urging them to act – he’s more focused on tax hikes than jobs. In fact, President Obama’s much-touted ‘Buffett Tax’ has been called everything from a ‘sham’ to a ‘hoax’ to ‘total gimmickry.’ Why? Because it won’t do a single thing to create jobs, address our debt, or lower gas prices.”
Read the full status update here. And visit jobs.GOP.gov for more information on the Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators, and click here for a full list of House-passed jobs bills that are still stuck in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Posted by Press Office on April 13, 2012
President Obama’s decision to reject and personally lobby against the popular Keystone XL pipeline – and tens of thousands of new American jobs – is already having real world consequences for the American people … and real world benefits for countries like China.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Canadian leaders are acting quickly to “bypass” the United States, building the infrastructure needed to ship their energy (and new jobs) to Asian countries:
In other words, energy and jobs that would have benefited American families and small businesses will now be shipped overseas – courtesy the Obama administration.
While Canadian leaders are removing barriers to their country’s economy growth, our president and his administration are busy erecting new ones. All week long, President Obama has wasted time pushing a “farce” of a tax hike that would “discourage investment — and the jobs and growth that come with it.”
Gas prices have already doubled on President Obama’s watch, and the president’s policies are making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers. Thankfully, the state of Nebraska is taking action (without the Obama administration) to make the Keystone pipeline a reality. And in the coming weeks, the House will vote again to insist on swift approval of Keystone XL.
The Keystone project is an important part of the Republican American Energy Initiative, which is focused on expanding American energy production, stopping policies that drive up gas prices, and helping create new American jobs. Learn more on speaker.gov/energy and jobs.GOP.gov.
Posted by Press Office on April 12, 2012
In a new video out today, we look back at the time President Obama asked FOX News’ Ed Henry, “just from a political perspective, do you think the president of the United States going into re-election wants gas prices to go up higher?” Gas prices were $3.76 that day. Since then, the president hasn’t done a thing to stop their steady march to nearly $4.
Instead, he’s wasted time pushing various tax hikes that would – at best – do nothing to create jobs or lower gas prices, and at worst would make gas even more expensive.
Congressman John Boehner argues that high gas prices – which have doubled on President Obama’s watch – are hurting families and small businesses, “and the president’s policies have only made things worse.” Watch Boehner here:
While the Obama administration has spent three years blocking energy production and lobbying against popular projects like Keystone XL, Republicans have promoted an “all of the above” strategy to create new jobs and address high gas prices.
Click here for a list of House-passed energy bills that are stuck in the Democratic-controlled Senate. And don’t forget to “Like” the American Energy Initiative on Facebook and stay up-to-date on the latest efforts by House Republicans to remove government barriers to energy production, stop policies that drive up energy costs, and help create jobs.
Posted by Press Office on April 10, 2012
An ABC News / Washington Post survey found “62 percent of Americans disapprove of the president’s performance on gasoline prices,” and “[f]ifty percent disapprove ‘strongly,’ an unusual level of strong disapproval on any issue.” This updated interactive chart might help explain why …
As you can see, the national average for a gallon of gas has more than doubled from $1.85 to nearly $4 on President Obama’s watch. And yet today the president is touting a tax hike that won’t help create jobs or lower gas prices (but it is dividing Democrats). This disconnect is another example of the “Obama Gap” on energy.
While Democrats are ignoring jobs and gas prices, Congressman John Boehner will “take aim at President Obama’s energy policies” today and urge the president “to throw his support behind GOP-backed legislation to expand domestic oil-and-gas production, among other things,” according to The Hill.
Click here for our original chart and here for comprehensive list of anti-energy actions taken by the Obama administration. And note that if you embed this new version on your website, it will update automatically in the future as we track the president’s policies and their impact on gas prices.
Dem Disconnect: Americans Want Action on Jobs & Gas Prices, But President Obama Hellbent on Higher TaxesPosted by Press Office on April 10, 2012
Even with the American people clamoring for bipartisan solutions to their struggles, President Obama today is pushing higher taxes that won’t create a single job, aren’t the answer to our debt crisis, obviously won’t lower gas prices, and oh, by the way, just happen to divide even Democrats. There’s already evidence that it’s falling on deaf ears.
Families and small businesses are struggling to make ends meet, and what they want are more jobs, less debt, lower gas prices, and more affordable health care premiums. Instead, their cost of living keeps rising while their incomes are not. A White House that wasn’t so out of touch might focus on the issues that matter, like the following:
The economic policies of President Obama have not only not helped our economy but they have actually made it worse. As Congressman Boehner said recently:
House Republicans are focused on the issues that matter, and have passed nearly 30 bills as part of the Plan for America’s Job Creators and American Energy Initiative that would unlock America’s resources to help address soaring gas prices and create American jobs. Follow the progress of these bipartisan, House-passed jobs bills at jobs.gop.gov, and “like” the American Energy Initiative on Facebook to learn more about Republicans’ ongoing effort to help relieve the pain at the pump.
Posted by Press Office on April 09, 2012
Republicans “will continue their coordinated messaging blitz” across the country this week holding President Obama accountable for the consequences of his anti-energy policies and promoting a real “all of the above” strategy to address high gas prices and create new jobs.
Energy production on federal land has declined by seven percent under the Obama administration and gas prices have doubled. In a recent Weekly Republican Address, Congressman John Boehner challenged President Obama to urge Senate Democrats to act on House-passed energy bills. These bills – all part of the American Energy Initiative– would increase production, stop policies that drive up gas prices, and create jobs. Here’s a quick look at theAmerican Energy Initiative bills passed by the House so far:
Posted by Press Office on April 05, 2012
The “Gas numbers game is a loser,” for President Obama, today’s Washington Times reports, and it’s easy to see why. Gas prices have more than doubled on President Obama’s watch, already reaching a record high of $3.94 for the month of April. While the president has tried to make the case that he supports Republicans’ “all-of-the-above” energy policy, his rhetoric is belied by the facts that suggest otherwise. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at how the gap between President Obama’s words and actions has driven up gas prices, taken a toll on American families and small businesses and cost jobs:
House Republicans have passed nearly 30 bills as part of the Plan for America’s Job Creators and American Energy Initiative that would unlock America’s resources to help address soaring gas prices and create American jobs. If the president is serious about showing the American people his “all-of-the-above” rhetoric is more about policy than politics, he should call on Senate Democrats to act on these bills so they can be enacted immediately. Follow the progress of these bipartisan, House-passed jobs bills at jobs.gop.gov, and “like” the American Energy Initiative on Facebook to learn more about Republicans’ ongoing effort to help relieve the pain at the pump.