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Household income hasn’t changed — but everything else is more expensive

Communications • October 14, 2014

About half of Americans consider themselves part of the middle class — and for those Americans, the past few years have been economically uncomfortable. Because while middle class income hasn’t changed — the cost of everything else has. Education, gas, home-buying, and even movie tickets cost more than they did in 1995, yet the wages Americans bring home remain stagnant. CNN …

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What the September jobs report tells us (hint: it’s not good)

Communications • October 3, 2014

September’s job report boasted the lowest unemployment rate in a year at 5.8% — great news, right? Not quite. As Americans have learned in the past six years, the unemployment rate only paints part of the picture about our economy. And no matter what the unemployment numbers say, Americans sure don’t feel like the economy is improving …

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5 Points

Communications • October 2, 2014

For the past several months, Speaker of the House John Boehner has traveled the country to discuss his “Five Points for Resetting America’s Economic Foundation.” These five points are simple and straightforward: ·      Address the debt. ·      Reform the tax code. ·      Fix the legal system.  ·      Rein in excessive regulations. ·      Strengthen education. …

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Reducing red tape can put Americans back to work

Rep. Robert Hurt • October 1, 2014

Rep. Robert Hurt represents Virginia’s 5th District and serves on the Financial Services Committee. He sponsored the Small Business Capital Access And Job Preservation Act, which the House included as part of the Jobs for America Act that passed last week. Last week, I traveled along Route 58, touring a variety of manufacturing companies to …

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On National Coffee Day, we compare some numbers

Communications • September 29, 2014

Today is National Coffee Day — a chance to celebrate the liquid caffeine that so many Americans rely on every day. Reportedly 83% of American adults drink coffee, a number that’s growing every year. But here’s a more shocking realization: According to a new study by the Republican Senate Budget Committee, more American adults drink coffee than have a …

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1 in 4 Americans – that’s a lot

Communications • September 26, 2014

A new chart from the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee shows almost 1 in 4 Americans between the ages of 25-54 (or prime working years) are not working. Out of the 124.5 million Americans in their prime working years, 28.9 million (nearly a quarter!) are not currently employed. Over two-thirds of all labor force …

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When Does Washington Get Squeezed?

Speaker John Boehner • September 26, 2014

Republicans are working every day to lower costs at home so that it’s easier for middle-class families to live, save, and invest. On the president’s watch, those things have only gotten tougher.  Prices have gone up while paychecks haven’t.  Hardworking people are left squeezed and often overlooked. Every day, I hear from constituents in Southwest Ohio who …

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Are we better off than we were 4 years ago? Definitely not

Communications • September 23, 2014

In 1980 Ronald Reagan asked the famous question: “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” The question challenged Americans to think about their economic trajectory – and in answering, many realized they needed change and elected Ronald Reagan as President. In the last few weeks, President Obama has asked the same question …

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Getting More Americans Back to Work

Communications • September 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act and H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act, which will create jobs, lower energy costs, and grow the economy. “In homes …

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6 years later… and still no action

Communications • September 19, 2014

Six years ago today TransCanda applied for a permit to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. And for six years, President Obama has avoided making a decision – despite the fact that the majority of Americans approve building the pipeline. While this behavior is a prime example of the President’s lack of leadership, more notably this …

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