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Dems Try To Out-Message Republicans With Job Focus

While House Democrats are accusing Republicans of wasting time on message bills, they also acknowledge that their jobs-related proposals likely won't go far.

Democratic leadership is pushing a reinvigorated focus on a two-year-old "Make It In America" initiative that includes new proposals related to tariffs and manufacturing. Meanwhile, House Republicans are pushing ahead with another health care law repeal vote that isn't expected to go beyond the House.

"This is part of what we think we can do: bringing to the attention of the American public that there is legislation, there are efforts being made to create jobs and not to simply debate politics," Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said during a Wednesday press conference.

But the proposals have little chance of getting to the House floor, as Hoyer has acknowledged. Still, he isn't relenting, saying that in particular what the President has proposed "is a real jobs bill, not a message bill."

House Republicans argue that repealing the health care law would, in fact, help create jobs by eliminating regulations that they describe as discouraging businesses from hiring more workers.

Republicans have tried more than 30 times to repeal parts or the entire health care law.

"That number also signifies the number of job-creating bills that the House has passed and sent to the Senate," Republican Congressman Rob Bishop said on the House floor Tuesday. "It would be nice for the Senate to consider" them.

This post has been updated. Originally published: 12:01 p.m.

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