Working Through the Summer #4Jobs: June 2012 E-newsletter to SupportersJune 25, 2012
It’s going to be quite a summer in Washington.
After two months, we’re still waiting for a final Transportation Bill from congressional leaders- the current bill expires this Saturday. I had been hoping to see a long term bill which would allow companies across the U.S. the certainty to plan for future infrastructure projects. At this point, I would be thrilled to vote on a House-Senate compromise before the June 30 deadline.
In July, the House of Representatives will work on the Farm Bill- a five year piece of legislation which will determine U.S. agriculture policy for the next five years. I hope to see a strong crop insurance program to replace direct payments. As Illinois has witnessed this summer, weather is unpredictable, and farmers deserve the certainty of an insurance safety net when uncontrollable events threaten their livelihoods.
Meanwhile, I’m still hoping the Senate takes up the House’s proposal to keep student loan rates from doubling on July 1- and we expect to hear the Supreme Court’s decision about the constitutionality of the President’s massive health care bill today or tomorrow.
We also continue to track dozens of jobs bills that have been passed by the House- only to be stalled by the Senate or the President. Can you see the theme? We put American businesses at a disadvantage by making moving targets out of tax and insurance rates. And when businesses are scrambling to keep up with the latest government regulation, they aren’t creating jobs.
I will continue to fight for smaller, more predictable government. Remember to follow me on Twitter and Facebook for breaking updates.
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