“No offense to my colleagues here, but we’ve created a caucus for just about everything under the sun except creating a job.” — Republican Representative Reid Ribble, March 29 2011
This was the claim made by Reid Ribble in announcing his new Congressional Job Creators’ Caucus. But is Ribble really the first member of Congress to create a caucus about job creation? Try telling that to John Tierney, creator of the the Congressional Green Jobs Caucus. Run that claim by Representatives Gary Miller, Sue Myrick and Lamar Smith, who head up the Congressional Reclaim American Jobs Caucus. The Friends of Job Corps Caucus, led by Shelley Moore Capito and Henry Cuellar, has a claim to tackling the subject of creating jobs. And then there’s the Congressional Small Business Caucus of Bobby Schilling and Heath Shuler, covering a topic which certainly has to do with job creation. All of these caucuses were officially recognized this year before Ribble launched his own club. (Source: Committee on House Administraton records for the 112th Congress)
Reid Ribble’s claim rankles but is not reputable.