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Congressional Democrats work on break proposing series jobs creation bills, as Republicans cite opposition

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House and Senate Democrats are set
to proposes a series of jobs bills after
there return from August recess.
House Republicans are unlikely to support a Democratic plan to create a congressional super-committee tasked with helping to spur U.S. job creation, seeing the proposal as leading to costly and ineffective jobs programs.

Those same House Republicans, via the leadership of Speaker John Boehner (D-OH) who have yet to produce one piece of legislation in the 112th Congressional Session to spur job growth, are unlikely to support a Democratic plan promote employment for up to 15 million unemployed Americans.

House Caucus Chairman John Larson (D-Conn), will propose next week, after Congress returns from recess, to create a super-committee to tackle America’s job crisis. Rep. Larson proposal is expected to set up a 12-member committee -similar to the ‘debt super-committee’ to find $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction- made up of a mix of House and Senate membership.

Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), stated on August 17th to The Hill that Republicans are likely resist this bill, as they see it as a way to argue for more costly government jobs programs that Republicans have opposed.
"Getting our deficit and debt under control is one of the most important things we need to do to get our economy growing and creating jobs again, and that is the goal of the joint committee," Steel said to the Hill. "Rep. Larson's proposal sounds like a scheme for more of the same failed 'stimulus' government spending."
In Detroit on August 16th during a Congressional Black Congress (CBC) sponsored “For the People” Job Initiative Tour and Town Hall event.  Dean of the CBC Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) cited during the Town Hall that unless a jobs bill is created President Barack Obama re-election changes could be greatly impacted.
“President Obama has got to come out for a jobs bill soon, because his re-election is going to depend on it,” Rep. Conyers stated.
Republican opposition to Larson's bill is guaranteed to create a tense environment when legislators return back to work in late August. Up to 95 House Democrats voted against the debt-ceiling agreement before the August Congressional break, citing the measure for failing to require any immediate tax increases to add revenue to nations' economic debt.

As Republicans have moved to cut spending, Democrats have called on them to focus on job creation with the nations 9.1% unemployment rate. Ignoring those calls, Republicans cited that cutting federal spending is a jobs program due to skyrocketing federal debt creates business uncertainty and, led to the Standard & Poor's debt-rating downgrade earlier in the month.

In the Senate chamber, Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) is set to sponsor a bill that will provide job opportunities for at-risk youth ages 18 to 24 t who have dropped out of school or have had brushes with the law, called the Urban Jobs Act of 2011.

The bill initially would request $20 million dollars to fund the act, then the amount would increase by $10 million every year for the next four years until it reaches a $60 million cap in 2016.

"Job training programs for our youth is an investment that will help our local economy and have a lasting positive impact in our community," said Gillibrand during a Queens, NY press conference event on August 18th.
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