How Congress is doing on Jobs Bills
S.782 – Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011
OpenCongress Summary Would reauthorize and expand the Economic Development Administration, which makes grants to economically-distressed communities to use for attracting new businesses to come to the area and encourage expansion of existing businesses that provide jobs. The EDA had been funded at $300 million per year, but this bill would up the funding level to $500 million per year.
Vote: R-47, D-47: Rejected
H.R.870 – Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act
OpenCongress Summary This bill is designed to ensure full employment (i.e. 4% unemployment) after 10 years. It sets a series of unemployment targets that, if not met, would trigger the disbursement of funds from a “National Full Employment Trust Fund,” which would be made up of revenue from a new financial transactions tax on financial corporations. The funds would be used for a direct jobs program that would immediately place unemployed people in public, non-profit and small business jobs in areas hardest hit by unemployment.
Mar 2nd Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means
H.R.2742 – Hire, Train, Retain Act of 2011
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives to employers for providing training programs for jobs specific to the needs of the employers.
Aug 1st Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
S.1461 – Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2011
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to clarify the Food and Drug Administration’s jurisdiction over certain tobacco products, and to protect jobs and small businesses involved in the sale, manufacturing and distribution of traditional and premium cigars.
Aug 1st Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
H.R.2772 – Saving Fishing Jobs Act of 2011
To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to permit eligible fishermen to approve certain limited access privilege programs, and for other purposes.
Aug 1st Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
S.1417 – Fuel Cell Industrial Vehicle Jobs Act of 2011
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the credit for qualified fuel cell motor vehicles and to allow the credit for certain off-highway vehicles, and for other purposes.
Jul 26th Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
H.R.2632 – Life Sciences Jobs and Investment Act of 2011
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for life sciences research.
Jul 25th Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
H.R.2611 – Promoting Partnerships to Transform Opportunities Act
To amend the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to prepare individuals with multiple barriers to employment to enter the workforce by providing such individuals with support services, job training, and education, and for other purposes.
Jul 21st Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
H.R.2574 – Jobs Now Act of 2011
To amend the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to create a pilot program to award grants to units of general local government and community-based organizations to create jobs, and for other purposes.
Jul 18th Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
H.R.2537 – Jobs for Urban Sustainability and Training in America Act of 2011
To provide grants to cities with high unemployment rates to provide job training, public works, and economic development programs, and for other purposes.
Jul 14th Referred to House Financial Services
H.R.2539 – National Youth Summer Jobs Act of 2011
To establish a competitive grant program for youth summer job placement.
Jul 14th Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
H.Res.348 – Congressional Black Caucus “For the People” Jobs Initiative Resolution
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that critical jobs legislation should be considered and passed to address the growing jobs crisis throughout America, and for other purposes.
Jul 13th Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.