Pelosi Takes Aim at Republicans, Criticizing Their Efforts on Job Creation

By Susan Jones | February 10, 2011 | 7:31 AM EST

Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

( - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will join United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard at a noontime press conference on Thursday, where they will highlight "the urgent need for Congress to take action on America's top priority -- job creation." (The quotation is from Pelosi's news release.)

Democrats will try to make it appear that Republicans, who now control the House, are sidetracked by “oversight” rather than job creation.

Pelosi specifically singled out a Republican move to have all ten House committees compile an inventory of regulations that adversely affect job creation. Pelosi said "oversight" is a function the committees "already perform."

She says Republicans instead should present a plan that will put more Americans back to work.

Republicans say they're totally focused on job creation -- a key element of their Pledge for America -- and they say eliminating burdensome regulations is the first step in encouraging businesses to create jobs.

The Republican-led House is expected to vote Thursday on a resolution directing all ten House committees to identify regulations that make it harder to create new jobs.

There is politics on both sides of this latest spat.

While Democrats -- led by Pelosi -- attempt to portray Republicans as focused on something other than jobs ("oversight"), Republicans on Thursday are holding hearings that are expected to produce  "dozens of anti-regulation sound bites," as the Associated Press put it.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said his committee's hearings on the "regulatory impediments to job creation" will examine "the challenges facing American job creators."  He has expressed the hope that "this direct dialogue with job creators will compliment the government-wide examination of regulations" that President Obama has ordered.