Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Applaud United Progressive Opposition To Republican No Jobs Agenda, Question GOP Lack of Jobs Bills

Feb 17, 2011 Issues:

Washington, D.C.Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva and Keith Ellison, co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), today highlighted Caucus members’ show of unity in opposing the Republican continuing budget resolution on the floor of the House of Representatives this week, vowing to continue to push for job creation and real economic recovery in future debates. Progressives held the floor for more than two hours Tuesday afternoon in opposition to what they called the “Republican No Jobs Agenda,” repeatedly asking House Republicans why after nearly two months in control they had failed to bring a single job creation bill to the House floor.

“This is the opening salvo in what will be a protracted battle on job creation, sensible debt reduction and future budget planning,” Grijalva said . “We are determined to speak on behalf of the American people for as long as it takes.”

“They can talk a good game, but the Republican No Jobs Agenda proves that they can’t walk the walk for the American people,” Ellison said.  “After nearly two months in control of the legislative agenda, their only jobs bill is a job-cutting bill to the tune of 1 million American jobs.” 

Led by the Progressive Caucus, twenty-three Democrats spoke against the measure, which the Economic Policy Institute estimates will cost nearly one million jobs in virtually every section of the U.S. economyand badly damage the economic recovery.  To see highlights of the speeches, click here to watch the video.

“My friends, our colleagues on the other side of the aisle have become captive to an extremist agenda that harms people who are already hurting the most.That is why it’s critical we ask our Republican friends, just what are your priorities?,” questioned Congressman Cicilline. “Do we have the courage to come together, not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans - and invest in our country’s greatest asset - our people - the people who built this great nation and who we must believe in – now more than ever - to move our country forward into the future?”

Republicans had hoped to rush through hundreds of amendments in an effort to pass the spending bill by the end of the week, but progressives have remained committed to asking the Republican majority on the floor why neither the continuing resolution nor any other Republican bill actually creates any jobs.