Fw: Standing up for jobs & fairness

From: Nasir M.
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Subject: Standing up for jobs & fairness

Standing up for jobs & fairness
Weekly Report: Standing Up For Jobs & Fairness
December 8, 2013 | VIEW ONLINE

Thank you to all those who have visited Speaker Boehner's Facebook page this weekend to honor Pearl Harbor Day.  Here’s the Speaker’s weekly report:  

Taking On Senate Dems For Blocking Jobs Bills: On Wednesday, Speaker Boehner took on the Democratic-run Senate for failing to act on dozens of House-passed jobs bills: 
“These bills would do things like: increase the supply of American energy & build the Keystone pipeline; roll back red tape & unnecessary regulations; provide more flexibility to working families; reform & improve job training programs; protect Americans from cyber attacks; help schools to recruit & keep the best teachers; delay the individual mandate, allow the American people to keep the health care plans they like; or to scrap the health care law that's wreaking havoc on our economy.”
Shortly after Boehner’s floor speech, the House added to this list, passing a small business jobs bill and bipartisan patent reform.  As the president acknowledged this week, many are still struggling to get ahead and the American Dream remains in doubt – all the more reason for him to heed Boehner’s call for bipartisan action on jobs.  

Fairness For All:
In this week’s Republican address to the nation, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) demanded fairness for working families hit with ObamaCare sticker shock and cancellation notices: 
“Seeing so many hardworking people have to spend the holiday season wondering ‘what’s next?’ – it’s heartbreaking.  And it’s wrong.  These families wouldn’t be in this boat if those who wrote the law had listened to hardworking taxpayers instead of relying on insurance companies and big businesses.  Even now, these same entities are the ones getting special delays, breaks, and workarounds from the White House.  Families who work hard and play by the rules deserve some basic choices, fairness and relief.”
In addition, the House held four more ObamaCare oversight hearings this week, with Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius scheduled to appear before the Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday.
The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree: On Tuesday, Speaker Boehner lit this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree with the assistance of first-grader Giovanni Gaynor from Colville, WA, who Boehner named a junior Capitol Police Officer for a day.  Before lighting the tree, the Speaker talked about the meaning of the Christmas story:
“This may be an old story, but still a mighty one to grasp.  It takes great faith.  And it takes true patience, much like the search for the perfect present itself.  Slowly, we come to recognize it’s not so much about the telling of the story as it is the serving of the story.   And what emerges is a spirit of giving and a message of hope for all seasons: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, goodwill toward men.’  ‘That,’ in the words of a great philosopher, ‘is what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.’”
Lech Walesa Pays A Visit: On Wednesday, Speaker Boehner met with former Polish president Lech Walesa.  Boehner’s guest at the meeting was Teo Nowakowski, mother of the late Paula Nowakowski, the Speaker’s longtime friend and chief of staff.  In addition to being a proud Polish-American, Paula was a great admirer of the “holy alliance” of President Walesa, President Reagan, and Pope John Paul II.
The Capitol Dome Turns 150: Monday marked the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Capitol Dome, a milestone that was featured on 60 Minutes.   Asked whether he ever takes the Capitol’s grandeur for granted, Speaker Boehner said, “Never.  Listen, for a kid who grew up mopping floors at his dad's bar, it's a pretty humbling experience.” 

Trade & Jobs With President Santos: On Tuesday, Speaker Boehner welcomed President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia to the Capitol.  The two leaders discussed a number of critical issues, including the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.  A top priority for the Republican majority, the agreement is already boosting both economies.
Churchill Enters Freedom Foyer:  On Monday, a bust of Winston Churchill – dedicated in a Capitol ceremony that included a performance by The Who’s Roger Daltrey – moved to its permanent place in a space Speaker Boehner has rechristened “Freedom Foyer.”


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