House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) gives us his weekly view form Capitol Hill. In his words:
"The debate over raising the debt ceiling has concluded for now, and while the end result wasn’t perfect, we prevented tax increases and the focus now is to continue to cut government spending. We will not stop and much more work remains, and every chance we have to reduce the size and scope of our bloated federal government, we must take advantage of. This includes supporting a Balanced Budget Amendment. The terms of the debt deal require Congress to hold an up-or-down vote on legislation that would make it a Constitutional requirement for the federal government to pass a balanced budget every year. I believe a Balanced Budget Amendment is imperative if we’re serious about our nation’s future, and I promise I will fight to get it passed in the House.
"Improving our business climate requires further reining in Washington’s out-of-control spending, but it also means addressing the tax and regulatory burdens on our small business owners. The economic data show low consumer confidence and start-ups at their lowest point in over a decade. On top of all this, the Dow Jones Industrial plunged over 500 points Thursday on global economic fears.
To date, my colleagues and I have passed ten bills that could create millions of American jobs, lower energy "costs and eliminate regulations. They are:
1. H.R. 872 - the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act.
2. H.R. 910 - the Energy Tax Prevention Act.
3. H.R. 2018 - the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act
4. H.J.Res. 37 - a Resolution of disapproval regarding the FCC’s regulation of the Internet and broadband industry practices
5. H.R. 1230 - Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act
6. H.R. 1229, Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act
7. H.R. 1231, Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act
8. H.R. 2021, the Jobs and Energy Permitting Act
9. H.R. 1938, the North American-Made Energy Security Act
10. H.Con.Res. 34 - a Resolution establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2012 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2013 through 2021
"The Senate has refused to act on any of these. I know that government does not create jobs – the private sector does – but these pieces of legislation can undoubtedly promote job creation.