In the Weekly Republican Address, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) – who represents some of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Isaac – discusses the resilience of local residents, and highlights Republican efforts to address the challenges facing America’s workers and small businesses this Labor Day. Watch him here.
MORE FROM THE SPEAKER’S BLOG:
- FOCUSING ON JOBS: “For millions of Americans, this Labor Day finds them still looking for work and still asking ‘where are the jobs?’” says Rep. Scalise. That’s why the House has passed more than 30 jobs bills “to empower small businesses and remove government barriers to economic growth.”
- PROTECTING SMALL BUSINESSES: One jobs bill “worth highlighting this Labor Day is our proposal to stop the tax hike on small businesses,” says Rep. Scalise. Ernst & Young says President Obama’s tax hike would destroy more than 700,000 jobs. “That’s a blow our small businesses just can’t afford.” The House voted to stop this tax hike – “the critical test now is whether the Democratic-run Senate will act to do the same.”
- STOPPING THE TAX HIKE: According to a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the nation would plunge into a “deep recession” if it goes over the fiscal cliff on January 1 – a scenario Democrats have welcomed in their push for higher taxes on small businesses.
- “ALL OF THE ABOVE”: Rep. Scalise also highlights Republicans’ “‘all-of-the-above’ strategy that safely increases our domestic energy production while creating thousands of American jobs and reducing our dependence on Middle Eastern oil.”
- NOT BETTER OFF: Democrats are leery of answering the question whether the American people are better off than they were four years ago – but most Americans say they are not, and six in 10 blame President Obama.