Kline: Obama, Senate Democrats need to focus on the economy
May 12, 2014 — 4:26am
In the weekly Republican address, U.S. Rep. John Kline says President Obama and Senate Democrats should step up and match the GOP’s focus on bills designed to strengthen the economy.
Kline and a host of other House Republicans listed more than a dozen bills that have passed the GOP-controlled House, include those changing welfare regulations, offering more job training and education, curtailing patent litigation, scaling back regulations for small-business owners and building the Keystone XL pipeline.
The House overwhelmingly passed Kline’s charter school bill Friday. The legislation would provide $300 million annually to expand charter school. It would also fund state grants to expand and replicate high-quality charter schools.
“These are only some of the many bills we’ve passed to provide new hope to families, workers, and students across the country. More are in the works,” Kline, chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, said during the address.
“Because our focus, day in and day out, is on building a stronger economy and a better America. It’s time for President Obama and Senate Democrats to step up and make that their priority too. Thank you for listening, and of course, Happy Mother’s Day.”
In a resounding rebuke, Democrats joined with Republicans Wednesday to hand Barack Obama the first veto override of his presidency, voting overwhelmingly to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts for its alleged backing of the attackers.
President Barack Obama launched a fresh push Thursday to bring paid sick and family leave to working parents and other private-sector employees as the White House unveiled proposals that could benefit tens of millions of people. Most require action by the Republican-controlled Congress.
A divided House on Friday passed Republican legislation that would end or consolidate dozens of duplicative job training programs with the objective of making it easier for people to gain the skills they need in a changing job market. It's a goal that President Barack Obama says he shares while disagreeing with the way the GOP would do it. The bill would also increase employers' influence in who gets job training grants.