As House Republicans ready a vote on repealing President Barack Obama
's health care law -- which they've dubbed a job killer
-- House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer
took to the podium today to outline the Democratic approach to job creation.
But whether it's repealing the health care law or approving jobs bills, the prospect of passing anything of substance into law is slim. Even Hoyer acknowledged as much, saying it's more likely both efforts end up as campaign fodder.
"The fact is that Mr. Cantor said some weeks ago that he didn't think much was going to be done between now and the election," Hoyer said. "It appears what they're going to be doing is simply offering legislation to create what Newt Gingrich wanted to create, and that is wedge issues and confrontation and division. I think that's unfortunate for the country."
In a Monday speech at the Center for American Progress
, Hoyer laid out a jobs plan that was a mix of new and previously introduced legislation. The package of bills is intended to preserve and grow manufacturing jobs by eliminating tariffs on American-made products and tax breaks for companies that off-shore jobs. It would also add a $1,000 job training tax credit and establish new procedures for investigating foreign manufacturers accused of breaking trade rules.
Check out the breakdown of all the bills after the jump: