Congress hasn’t managed to pass legislation of any real significance since Republicans took control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections. A fundamental divergence on the view of government and the role that it should play has made it virtually impossible to craft any sort of substantive legislation that would also pass the more moderate Senate. In spite of that, the economy added more than 200,000 jobs last month, sustaining a trend that’s helped the country create more than four million new jobs since the President took office. The unemployment rate has inched down to 8.3%, though the actual number is likely somewhat higher, as many former participants in the labor force have since even stopped looking for work.
So, while Congress hasn’t managed to pass any sort of legislation that’s had any real impact, the House approved a set of bills that would have a moderate impact on job creation. While it’s not the kind of jobs bill that would have real teeth, it’s better than nothing, and it would be the first legislative win for the Republicans in the past two years. Republicans passed the bills, I believe, in order to put one up on the board for their team. During the time that they’ve controlled the House, there hasn’t been legislation of any import that’s managed to come out of that chamber, and in an election year, they’re attempting to put forth a bill that, while its goals are laudable, could be made far more effective. I’m all for passing the bills in the Senate and then having the President sign them, but the fact of the matter is that House Republicans could be doing far more to actually help the economy create jobs (which seems to be doing just fine in spite of their best efforts) that would employ millions of Americans with decent jobs.
If they don’t come this November, they may well need a jobs bill of their own.