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From the House Republican Conference and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donahue, congressional Republicans and their conservative allies have touted 27 measures passed by the House of Representatives that they claim are "bipartisan jobs bills awaiting Senate action." But the bills are mostly highly partisan attempts to slash regulations that protect, among other things, public health, consumer rights, workplace safety and the environment. The GOP has also dishonestly included in its count a few viable measures with popular bipartisan support; one of these is being held up in the Senate by a Republican, and the others have been placed on the Senate calendar.
January 23, 2012 3:49 pm ET filed under Blog
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From the January 19, 2012, CNN-Southern Republican primary debate in Charleston:
January 18, 2012 11:35 am ET filed under Blog
January 18, 2012 11:25 am ET filed under Fact Check
Shortly after the Keystone XL pipeline permit process started gaining steam in Canada and the American Midwest, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) began investing significantly in companies tied to the project. In addition, since 2008 a number of companies that stand to benefit from Keystone XL have donated thousands of dollars to Boehner since 2008. As approval has floundered, Boehner has used his clout as Speaker of the House to try to push the project through in the name of "jobs."
January 12, 2012 6:04 pm ET filed under Fact Check
With the 2012 presidential election rapidly approaching, the oil lobby is pushing harder than ever to frame the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) as a "job creator." However, TransCanada (the Canadian company behind the pipeline), the American Petroleum Institute (API), and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have used massively inflated statistics. In fact, KXL would create few permanent jobs.
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December 19, 2011 9:26 am ET filed under Blog
December 19, 2011 9:24 am ET filed under Fact Check
This week on the Sunday political talk shows, topics of discussion ranged far and wide. On Fox News Sunday, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney advocated for block granting Medicaid despite the harm that would do to those who rely on the program. On This Week, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) distorted the content of a CBO report on income inequality. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), appearing on Meet the Press, shared several false claims: that employers are concerned about "uncertainty," and that the Keystone pipeline would create 20,000 jobs. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), also on Meet the Press, did the same, falsely asserting that there's no evidence the payroll tax holiday created jobs and that Iran has threatened the U.S. and Israel with nuclear weapons.
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December 12, 2011 9:59 am ET filed under Fact Check
This week's Sunday political talk shows saw a major focus on the debate over the payroll tax cut extension. On Face the Nation, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) attacked President Obama and "Newt Romney" — a name for Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney she came up with during Saturday's debate — over the payroll tax cut, saying there's no evidence the cut helped create jobs. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called the tax cut an 'emergency measure' and said it wouldn't be necessary if President Obama's "failed" policies hadn't resulted in a higher deficit and jobless rates. McConnell, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), also pushed for the Keystone Pipeline using discredited job creation numbers.
November 22, 2011 9:39 pm ET filed under Video
From the November 22, 2011, CNN Republican National Security Debate:
November 21, 2011 3:21 pm ET filed under Video
From a November 18, 2011, House Natural Resources Committee hearing on oil drilling in Alaska:
November 18, 2011 2:08 pm ET filed under Video
From a November 18, 2011, appearance by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on Fox News' America Live:
November 16, 2011 2:03 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is getting an early start on its 2012 attack ads with a spot going after Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for his votes on domestic energy policy. The ad claims that Brown "had the chance to help cut energy costs" for Ohio families — but that's nothing more than spin. Brown voted to eliminate tax breaks for oil companies and against speeding the permitting process for offshore drilling, but experts explain that even increasing domestic energy production on a far larger scale would have no impact whatsoever on the price of energy.
November 16, 2011 12:50 pm ET filed under Ad Check
One new ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce attacks Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) in particularly uncreative fashion. The ad accuses Tester of giving families reason to fear higher energy taxes, basing the claim on two votes from 2007 and 2008 on comprehensive climate change bills. The only vote from this year is Tester's opposition to billions in tax giveaways to oil companies that have made nearly a trillion dollars in profit in the past decade, but which still receive government tax breaks. The ad also trots out the old falsehoods about "Obamacare," including PolitiFact's 2010 "Lie of the Year." The Chamber appears more interested in defeating Senator Tester than in telling Montanans the truth.
October 18, 2011 8:39 pm ET filed under Video
From the October 18, 2011, CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate:
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September 07, 2011 8:59 pm ET filed under Video
From the September 7, 2011, GOP Reagan presidential debate on MSNBC:
September 06, 2011 10:15 am ET filed under Blog
September 06, 2011 9:59 am ET filed under Fact Check
The Labor Day editions of the Sunday political shows featured a would-be president lying about energy policy and a so-called "Tea Party kingmaker" lying about safety net programs. On CBS, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) defended her promise that as president she would bring gas prices below $2 per gallon by claiming that President Obama has put American energy resources "off limits." Actual energy experts have said repeatedly that government policies aren't behind rising gas prices, which were "inevitable" in light of the artificially low prices brought about by the economic collapse. And the statistics don't back up Bachmann's accusations about Obama's policies. Meanwhile, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) told ABC viewers that Social Security is bankrupt (even though it isn't) and claimed on CNN that unemployment benefits don't create jobs (even though they do).