Article: McClatchy Newspapers, by David Lightman
Excerpt: Beneath the surface, however, there's one kernel of harmony that offers hope for eventual compromises that matter.
"The entire conversation in Washington, D.C. has changed," said House Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam, R-Ill. "Now the entire conversation, including the conversation with the Senate and the White House, is where are we going to save?"
Excerpt: "Today's jobs numbers indicate that our economy is showing slight signs of recovery from the failed policies of the last few years, but there are far too many Americans still out of work. Unemployment is still well above eight percent over two years after the failed 'stimulus' – due to the trillions in wasteful spending and debt and the constant threat of higher taxes under Democrats' rule.
"From day one of our Majority, Republicans' number one focus has been to remove the barriers to job creation and today's report shows that our efforts are starting to work."
Op-Ed, The Hill, by Congressman Peter Roskam
Excerpt: We need a comprehensive fundamental tax reform overhaul — one that produces a system that raises the necessary revenue for the government to run as efficiently as possible, while removing barriers to private-sector job creation. More specifically, we need a revenue code that is fairer, simpler and no longer hinders our economic competitiveness — all of which cost jobs.
A fairer and simpler tax code would reduce costs for American citizens and job creators. Right now, the tax code often forces employers to make investment decisions based on the tax code, not by what is best for their business. The tax code should not be used to favor one widget over another, or one sector over another.
Excerpt: "I applaud the Senate for passing the House Republicans' plan to avoid shutting down the government while also cutting $4 billion in spending. With two extra weeks, the Senate now has more than enough time to debate and vote on the original seven-month continuing resolution that cut $100 billion – important cuts that begin to remove barriers to job creation."
Excerpt: "House Republicans have changed the conversation almost overnight in Washington – from spending and borrowing to saving and creating jobs. In that light, a study released today by the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) Republicans demonstrates that, across the globe, significantly cutting government spending encourages private-sector job creation and returns certainty to the economy. It's time for long-term cuts to be enacted – our economy needs it and future generations deserve it."
Excerpt: "House Republicans are showing once more that we're fully committed to preventing a government shutdown while also ensuring Washington makes necessary spending cuts that will begin to remove barriers to job creation. After already sending the Senate a fiscally responsible Continuing Resolution, we will soon send a second short-term CR – one that also cuts spending and keeps the government running – and which gives the Senate more time to consider the original. The onus is now squarely on Senate Democrats to not force a government shutdown by passing this two-week resolution"
Excerpt: "It's no secret that No Child Left Behind needs reform – and that's why I appreciate so many local school officials and teachers taking time to meet with me and share their concerns and advice for how to improve our education system.
"Teachers and administrators are on the front lines of our education challenges every day, and hearing their priorities for the future of No Child Left Behind is crucial for reform."
Excerpt: “Americans can be confident that Washington’s spending binge is over and Republicans will continue to work to remove barriers to private-sector job creation. This important step is just one in a series that Republicans are taking to boost future job growth and the long-term prosperity of America.”
Excerpt: "...House Republicans have come in and said, "we're going to make some changes.' We're cutting government, we're cutting spending, in order to grow this economy.
Cutting makes sense. Cutting gets government off the backs of businesses, and going at these regulations that are strangling prosperity. That's where the action is, and that's where we need to go, and that's what House Republicans are committed to do."
Article: USA Today, by USA Today Editorial Board
Excerpt: Actually, serious deficit reduction doesn't happen without a president taking risks, whether it was the first President Bush dropping his "no new taxes" pledge in 1990 or President Clinton pushing a major deficit-reduction package in 1993. Both paid a terrible political price, but their courage helped lead to four years of balanced budgets, from 1998 to 2001.
It's becoming hard not to conclude that Obama doesn't much care about the debt threat or has decided to wait until after the 2012 elections. Either would be a shame, and economically risky.