Weekly Address Highlights: Memorial Day & the GOP Jobs Plan

John Boehner

Delivering the Weekly Republican Address, Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) “combined a Memorial Day tribute with a pitch for the GOP’s economic plan,” USA TODAY reports.  Stressing the importance of ensuring our servicemembers come home to a strong economy and “pushing for her party’s ‘Plan for America’s Job Creators,’” Rep. Jenkins notes that nearly 30 House-passed jobs bills are awaiting action in the Democratic-controlled Senate.  Below, check out more coverage of the Weekly Republican Address, which you can now read, listen to, watch, and download.

“GOP MAKES MEMORIAL DAY PITCH FOR JOBS PLAN”: “The Republican radio address Saturday combined a Memorial Day tribute with a pitch for the GOP’s economic plan and criticism of President Obama. … Jenkins scorned Obama’s approach to jobs, energy, and health care, saying he relies too much on government spending programs and regulations.  The second-term House Republican said, ‘Americans are clamoring for optimistic leadership and a positive agenda to help get people back to work.’”  (“GOP makes Memorial Day pitch for jobs plan,” USA TODAY, 5/26/12)

“RECOGNIZED THE SACRIFICES OF THOSE SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES”:  “Jenkins, a Republican whose Kansas district includes Fort Leavenworth, called Memorial Day ‘a time to pause and thank the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who have died in the defense of our country.’  She and Obama also recognized the sacrifices of those serving in the armed forces.  ‘As we honor the fallen, we pray for our sons and daughters who are risking their lives so that we may live in freedom and security,’ Jenkins said.  An important way to honor their service, she continued, is by building the economy so that they can find jobs when they return home.  ‘Unfortunately, roughly 22 million of our fellow citizens are struggling to find a good-paying full-time job in President Obama’s economy,’ she said, and touted a GOP-backed set of measures called the ‘Republicans’ Plan for America’s Job Creators.’ … She called for removing ‘government barriers to all forms of domestic energy production,’ as well as repeal of the president’s health care law and congressional passage of a federal budget.”  (“Obama, GOP pay tribute to fallen and serving troops,” CNN, 5/26/12)

“EVERYTHING SHOULD BE DONE TO HELP VETERANS PROSPER”: “In the Republican weekly response, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins said everything should be done to help veterans prosper in a strong economy.  Congresswoman Jenkins went on to say President Obama’s policies are to blame for the weak job market and higher gas and food prices.  She extended blame for the sluggish economy to Obama’s fellow Democrats in the Senate, saying they are delaying action on legislation promoting job growth.” (VOA News, 5/26/12)

“PUSHING FOR HER PARTY’S ‘PLAN FOR AMERICA’S JOB CREATORS”: “‘After taking a moment to acknowledge the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces, Representative Lynn Jenkins of Kansas used the Republican weekly address to argue against Mr. Obama’s economic policies.  … Pushing for her party’s ‘Plan for America’s Job Creators,’ Ms. Jenkins is hoping that she and her colleagues will be able to develop an economic policy that is built around ‘small businesses, not big government.’  Key components of their plan include tapping into domestic energy resources and the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.” (The New York Times, 5/26/12)

“FOCUSED MOSTLY ON THEIR PLAN FOR THE ECONOMY”: “…the Republican address focused mostly on their plan for the economy.  Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.), who represents Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley, said the ‘blessing of liberty’ should be honored, ‘that is why helping to create jobs and grow our economy will continue to be Republicans’ focus in the weeks and months ahead.’  The two-term member of Congress said the Republican plan for economic growth ‘emphasizes long-term growth’ and not ‘short-term stimulus.’  Central to the Republican’s economic plan is developing American oil and gas production, including the construction of the XL Keystone pipeline.” (“GOP says Obama ‘demonizes’ American energy,” CBS News, 5/26/12)

“GAVE AN ANSWER TO” PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ‘TO-DO LIST’: “Jenkins underscores the importance of energizing the economy so that active duty men and women can return home with to opportunities to support themselves and their families.  … But with the rising costs of living and millions of Americans still out of work, Jenkins says ‘Americans are clamoring for optimistic leadership and a positive agenda to help get people back to work …’ She adds that the Republicans’ Plan for America’s Jobs Creators is what will get Americans working by focusing long-term growth instead of a ‘short-term stimulus’ and on small businesses and not ‘big government.’ … Jenkins gave an answer to the President Obama’s recent proposed ‘To-Do List’ and touted the benefits of removing costly red tape for small business owners, repealing the health care law and curbing federal spending.”  (“Rep. Jenkins Says We Owe Strong Economy to Returning Servicemembers,” ABC News Radio, 5/26/12)

“PROMOTE HER PARTY’S PLANS TO CREATE JOBS AND BOOST ENERGY PRODUCTION”: “Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kansas) used the Republican response to acknowledge the holiday and to promote her party’s plans to create jobs and boost energy production. ‘On Memorial Day, as we consider the sacrifices our service members and their families have made, we are reminded to never squander the blessings of liberty. That is why helping to create jobs and grow our economy will continue to be Republicans’ focus in the weeks and months ahead,’ Jenkins said.” (POLITICO, 5/26/12)

“PUSHED THE REPUBLICAN ECONOMIC AGENDA”: “Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kansas) pushed the Republican economic agenda in her party’s address for Memorial Day weekend. … Jenkins, whose district includes multiple military bases, said ‘we owe it to our service members’ to grow the economy.  ‘Unfortunately, roughly 22 million of our fellow citizens are struggling to find a good-paying full-time job in President Obama’s economy,’ she said.  ‘The Republican jobs plan is built around small businesses, not big government, and instead of short-term ‘stimulus,’ our plan emphasizes long-term growth.’ Jenkins said Obama ‘demonizes home grown energy’ for not approving the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run through Kansas.”  (The Hill, 5/26/12)

“URGES APPROVAL OF GOP JOBS PLAN”: “U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kansas, Saturday urged the Democratic-controlled Senate to approved House-passed legislation she said would create jobs.  … The GOP jobs plan, Jenkins said, ‘is built around small businesses, not big government, and instead of short-term ‘stimulus,’ our plan emphasizes long-term growth.’ … Jenkins also called for reducing red tape and costly regulations on small businesses, repealing the healthcare law and reducing government debt.” (“Jenkins urges approval of GOP jobs plan,” UPI, 5/26/12)

“CALLING FOR BUILDING THE … KEYSTONE XL OIL PIPELINE”: “In the Republican address, congresswoman Lynn Jenkins of Kansas says higher prices from gasoline to groceries have placed a strain on families.  She is calling for building the controversial Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline.” (Associated Press, 5/26/12)

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