It’s time for President Barack Obama to get to work and support House-passed bills that address issues that he discussed in his State of the Union speech, four Republican lawmakers say in this week’s GOP address.
Reps. Susan Brooks of Indiana, Gregg Harper of Mississippi, Martha Roby of Alabama, and Fred Upton of Michigan, said Saturday that there are already bills that address federal research, job training, workplace rules, and natural gas. Their message echoed a letter House Republican leaders sent to Obama on Thursday.
On federal research, Harper said that more must be done to set priorities.
“The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act would eliminate public funding for political party conventions and instead fund pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health,” said Harper. “We’re talking about everything from cancer, autism, and Fragile X Syndrome to the rarest genetic disorders.”
The act won’t fix all childhood illnesses, said Harper, but “surely creating a lifetime of hope and opportunity for our most vulnerable kids is more important than subsidizing week-long political pep rallies.”
Roby pointed out that the Working Families Flexibility Act would help Americans balance the demands of family and work, and supporting it would help the president’s goal of fixing workplace rules he described in his speech as being “from the ‘Mad Men’ era.”