This graphic is doing the rounds on the Internet (found on Facebook):

House GOP claim

The claim is:

House GOP: 46 abortion bills, 113 religion bills, 73 family relationship bills, 36 marriage bills, 72 gun bills, 0 jobs bills

Unfortunately, the Progressive Defenders of America do not cite any sources, nor do they define exactly what they mean by bills (supported? proposed? something else?).

Nevertheless, is this a claim made up of thin air, or is it (partly) true for a reasonable interpretation of what they might mean?

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    They also don't define what a "job" bill is. The claim - even if it were true (which it isn't as per supplied answer) is totally irrelevant. The job creation function of House Republicans is to prevent even more taxes to be levied which would hurt job growth, not to pass bills to create jobs. Job creation is not a government's proper job.
    – user5341
    Commented Feb 24, 2013 at 1:53
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    Nobody in the government is smart enough to know which jobs should be created. Didn't work out too well for USSR's economy, for some reason. The job of the government is to allow people who create jobs to do so.
    – user5341
    Commented Feb 24, 2013 at 15:53
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    @DVK, works very well in northern and western Europe, though.
    – gerrit
    Commented Feb 24, 2013 at 18:16
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    @DVK Why is that more objective? I don't care about the Democrats, this question is about Republicans. Your claim about job creation is ludicrous, there are many ways in which government regulations can create jobs both directly and indirectly. As an obvious example, creating infrastructure first creates jobs by employing people building infrastructure, and then by increasing the attractiveness. How many companies want to invest in a country with neither roads nor railways? In addition, tax benefits can enhance employability for targeted groups of people.
    – gerrit
    Commented Feb 25, 2013 at 20:38
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    On a slightly unrelated note, child rearing within marriage is strongly correlated to less crime and better economic outcome, so again in a large scheme of things, "marriage" bills are more of job creation bills than "let's pay 10 union members to dig holes in a highway and fill them in for a year" bill.
    – user5341
    Commented Feb 25, 2013 at 20:39

2 Answers 2


As is usual with political claims, it really depends on your viewpoint and your definitions. As Max says in his answer, there are three House Republican sponsored bills that claim to be related to jobs. On closer inspection what they actually mandate is:

  1. a change in the allocation of Federal training funds to focus on employability. Somewhat related to jobs.
  2. a change to the way unemployment statistics are calculated. Almost certainly not a job-creating bill
  3. control of the deduction of labour union dues. Again, almost certainly not a bill that will directly create any jobs

We can of course also check the other statements, and here govtrack lets us check the number of House Republican Family resolutions: it appears to be one (1). Religion doesn't even appear as a topic.

But to be honest, this question isn't answerable without a strict definition of what constitutes a "jobs bill".

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    And the definitions are likely skewed toward a progressive understanding of the function of government. Conservatives tend to think that limiting the size and burden of government is the best way to create jobs. However, it is unlikely that any action they took in that direction would be considered a "jobs bill" by Progressive Defenders of America. This is an attempt to turn ideological disagreements (what is the proper role of government, and what actions help the economy) into a moral/character issue (Republicans don't care about helping people).
    – user11522
    Commented Feb 26, 2013 at 8:56

House Republicans sponsored 3 Labor and Employment bills up to now (February 23) in 2013, and 55 such bills since 2011. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/subjects/labor_and_employment/6235#sponsor_party=Republican&bill_type=3

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