Skip to comments.Speaker Boehner to Host 13 Private-Sector Job Creators in House Gallery for Obama’s Address
Posted on 09/08/2011 8:03:17 AM PDT by sunmars
Speaker Boehner to Host Private-Sector Job Creators in House Gallery for President Obamas Address Speakers Guests Include More than a Dozen Job Creators Who Have Run Into Government Barriers in Their Efforts to Create New American Jobs
WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 8) House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced he will host more than a dozen private-sector job creators in the House gallery during President Obamas address to a Joint Session of Congress tonight. Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) recruited these job creators as part of Republicans effort to reach out to American employers being hampered by excessive regulations from Washington, along with House GOP Conference Secretary John Carter (R-TX) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). Following is a brief look at each of the Speakers guests:
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I heard that top guy is all hat, no cattle.
Having seen the story here ... but apparently, the Republicans (two groups) have pre-released THEIR jobs plan on paper?
You’re right, but disrupting the ‘President’s’ speech is not a good idea.
It is HIS time. And since Liberals need NO encouragement in breaking rules or behaving badly, we don’t need to start that kind of thing. THEY are the ones who do NOT know how to conduct themselves lately, NOT Conservatives.
As it is ... if WE forget something, we’re liars; if WE misspeak or mispell, we’re idiots; if WE deliver cold hard logic, we’re Nazis....etc., so, no need to voluntarily give up the moral high ground! Just my opinion.
Sickening that Obama thought putting that on would win TX voters.
It’s reminiscent of the Dukakis in the tank in that helmet moment, isn’t it?
"Cripes... and I though 'Manos: The Hands of Fate' was bad..."
Following is a brief look at each of the Speakers guests:
Spencer Weitman is the President of National Cement, which recently suspended construction of a new $350 million cement kiln in Ragland, AL due to regulatory obstacles.
The construction project would have created more than 1,500 construction jobs and 20 new full-time operational positions, but was determined too costly and unpredictable because of proposed changes to EPA Clean Air Act regulations.
The obstacles encountered by National Cement are on the list of Top 10 Job-Destroying Regulations identified in Majority Leader Eric Cantors (R-VA) August 29 memo outlining the legislative agenda for the remainder of the year.
Rock Katschnig is a corn and soybean farmer of 32 years from Prophetstown, IL.
Hurt by a stream of harmful federal regulations, Katschnig appealed to President Obama at an Atkinson, IL town hall last month, pleading, Please don’t challenge us with more rules and regulations from Washington D.C. that hinder us. The president replied, Don’t always believe what you hear.
Despite President Obamas statement, one proposed regulation on particulate matter (dust) would devastate Katschnigs industry and destroy many farming jobs.
The obstacles encountered by Mr. Katschnig are on the list of Top 10 Job-Destroying Regulations identified in Majority Leader Eric Cantors (R-VA) August 29 memo outlining the legislative agenda for the remainder of the year.
Eric Treiber is the CEO of Chicago White Metal Casting, a third-generation family-owned die casting company employing 250 workers in suburban Chicago. Jobs at White Metal Casting are being threatened by increased costs associated with excessive federal regulations, in particular Clean Air Act and utility MACT regulations. White Metal Casting has also been forced to dedicate multiple employees to the task of complying with existing federal regulations.
Lisa Ingram is the COO of White Castle, a 90-year old family-run company that serves signature slider hamburgers. Excessive federal regulations current and proposed have put a strain on White Castle, contributing to a plant closure in New Jersey and slowing the companys ability to create new jobs. The new health care law, for example, has not only jeopardized White Castles ability to provide health benefits to its employees, but one provision alone could increase costs so dramatically that it would destroy hundreds of jobs.
Jim Plante is CEO of Pathway Genomics, a 100-person San Diego-based biotech startup that developed a genetic testing product for consumers. Last year, Pathway partnered with a major drugstore chain to help market their product a move that would have enabled Pathway to hire 100 additional workers. Despite being in compliance with all available FDA regulations, the FDA attacked Pathway in the media following the announcement of the partnership. The drugstore chain consequently backed out, and Pathway was unable to create those 100 new high-paying jobs.
Ignacio Urrabazo is president of Commerce Bank of Laredo, Texas, a small community bank with $450 million in assets. Urrabazo would like to lend more money to local businesses to help create more jobs in Laredo, a border community with an unemployment rate nearly 10 percent higher than the state of Texas as a whole. Unfortunately, current FDIC regulations have kept him from lending to qualified businesses. Urrabazo believes excessive federal regulations will soon put community banks out of business.
John Jack Earle is the Managing Partner of Earle Enterprises LP and is a multi-unit franchisee of McDonalds restaurants in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. Mr. Earle also serves as the Chairman of the International Franchise Association. Excessive regulations imposed by the health care law and Dodd-Frank, the ongoing threat of tax hikes, and regulatory overreach by agencies like NLRB, have hamstrung Earle and other franchisers with uncertainty and stifled their ability to create new jobs.
Glenn Rieger is a General Partner at NewSpring Capital, a private equity fund in suburban Philadelphia that provides capital for growth and expansion-stage businesses. A lead investor in more than 50 mid-Atlantic businesses of all sizes, NewSprings ability to support job creators is being hampered by excessive regulations from Sarbanes-Oxley, which is costing them millions of dollars annually.
Safi Bahcall is the CEO of Synta, a biopharmaceutical company focused on creating new drugs for treating cancer. Hampered by an increasingly uncompetitive American business environment, Bahcall is advocating for the research and development tax credit to be made permanent. More favorable tax incentives in France and Canada have encouraged Synta to out-source work to Canada and the company is currently weighing the potential of moving American jobs to France.
Kaleil Isaza Tuzman is the CEO of KIT Digital, a 1,200-employee publicly traded video technology company. KIT faces considerable costs as a result of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance regulations. A first generation American with Colombian heritage and fluent in Spanish, Isaza Tuzman was a U.S. special trade representative in Colombia and Mexico under the Clinton and Bush administrations, and is a strong proponent of passing the U.S. -Colombian Free Trade Agreement that the president has yet to submit to Congress.
Chris George is the CEO of CMG Finance, a mortgage company in the San Francisco Bay area employing 370 people. Hurt by increased health care costs and higher taxes from the new health care law, CMG Finance says the uncertain business environment created by the Obama Administration is preventing them from hiring an additional 15 to 20 workers.
Henry Juszkiewicz is CEO of the Gibson Guitar Company. Armed federal agents have twice raided Gibson Guitars facilities. Why? Unelected Washington bureaucrats wont say. No charges have been filed and federal regulators have not explained to the company what may have been done wrong or how to rectify the situation.
Gordon Logan is CEO of Sport Clips, a hair salon chain with over 800 stores. If not for the environment of uncertainty created by Washington, Logan estimates he would have opened 50-100 new stores over the past three years. Instead of hiring new workers, Sports Clips franchise owners are struggling with the new health care laws burdensome costs and mandates, and considering canceling existing health coverage for current employees. Logan also struggles with access to capital, complicated by government-created uncertainty.
The Speakers guests are all employers who have run into unnecessary Washington-made barriers as theyve tried to create jobs barriers that will be addressed by legislation scheduled for action in the House this fall as part of the House Republican Plan for Americas Job Creators
Someone else invited the Gibson CEO.
First, I don't see anything that says they are going to disrupt the speech. They will just sit in the audience, as far as know.
But it is an obviously political move and will give the MSM another reason to cite the Republicans as partisan. I think a better idea would have been to try to schedule a response with these business people gathered together and asked to respond to the speech. No republican politicians, just job creators responding. Could have been devastating.
Someone here said ‘audience members ought to shout YOU LIE, and hold up signs...’ etc.
I was responding to that idea.
That is perfect. Good for you, Mr. Speaker. Read the folks who are attending, they represent a broad cross-section in industry, banking, farming, manufacturing, fast food..and from around the country. Wow.
Not that the big fat zero on the podium will pay any attention. These are the people like us that WE represent, not the big cronies like GE and JP Morgan.
You know, I may just tune in when these show these folks...and I hope they get FRONT ROW SEATS! And I like the subtlety of the news release of their attendance less than 8 hours before shwotime. Pretty slick, Mr. Speaker. This was a very good move.
Even if Boehner does this DURING the speech who cares?It is the GOP response that Pelosi hissy fitted about.
Don’t know about the national media, but I’m in Nashville and it’s being reported all over our media that Gibson Guitars is going to be there.
Dear Mr. Speaker,
Congratulations on another brilliant move in taking the battle to the Marxist, hate-America-first, president Obama.
Here are some comments from Conservatives on FreeRepublic.com:
"Good going, Mr. Speaker!"
"Whoever thought up this idea should begiven a raise, and told to do this more often."
"Good staff work for the speaker."
"I certainly hope that the MSM is capable of getting interviews with these guests once the speech is over."
"Brilliant! Hopefully Gibson guitars is represented."
"I'm beginning to develop a strange new respect for John Boehner." "Me too. He knows the republicans are being set up. obama's speech is going to be all about jobs for the unions. I'm glad he's countering with private sector people."
"Wow. What a play by Boehner. Im impressed."
"Boehners been doing real well lately."
"That is perfect. Good for you, Mr. Speaker. Read the folks who are attending, they represent a broad cross-section in industry, banking, farming, manufacturing, fast food..and from around the country. Wow."
If you guys want to thank Speaker Boehner, here's the contact link:
and on the other side....
Jeff Immelt, Richard Trumka among guests to sit in Michele Obama’s box for tonight’s speech.
talk about 2 sets of different people.
eeeew, not a pretty visual.
I assume the congresscritters aren’t taking ‘dates’ this time??