Obama: Pass Jobs Bill At Once. Senate Democrats: Vacation First

Discussion in 'Politics' started by rc8222, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. rc8222



    Obama's Jobs Plan Isn't Top Priority For Reid

    President Obama still is pressing Congress to pass his jobs stimulus bill immediately, but his own party leaders in the Senate, where Democrats have a majority, have pushed that vote off yet again.

    Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said Monday night that when the Senate returns from a weeklong vacation, the chamber will work instead on a bill that would push to label China a currency manipulator, which would make retaliatory steps in order.

    “I don’t think there’s anything more important for a jobs measure than China trade,” Mr. Reid said.

    Late Monday, before he closed down the Senate, Mr. Reid locked in an early test vote for when senators return next week.

    Mr. Obama two weeks ago sent Congress legislation he said would create jobs by extending and expanding temporary tax cuts and boosting infrastructure spending, which he offset by increasing taxes over the long term.

    The president has been traveling the country demanding that Congress act immediately, but even his own party has not been keen to rush the legislation.

    Mr. Reid is the Senate sponsor of the measure, but he said there are other priorities.

    “We’ll get to that, but let’s get some of these things done that we have to get done first,” he said.

    On the House side, GOP leaders, who control that chamber, have said they are waiting for an evaluation of the bill from the Congressional Budget Office and will then send the legislation through the committee process.

    Republicans have said there are some ideas in Mr. Obama’s plan that they can accept, though they and some Democrats have rejected the tax increases Mr. Obama has called for — particularly the $400 billion he would raise over 10 years by limiting deductions for high-income taxpayers.

    The China currency legislation, meanwhile, is sponsored by a bipartisan group of senators, and Mr. Reid said he’s confident it can pass the upper chamber.

    “China trade is a jobs bill. It’s long, long overdue,” he said.

    The legislation would push the Treasury Department to declare that China manipulates its currency in order to seek an edge in international trade.

    © Copyright 2011 The Washington Times, LLC.
  2. They are walking away from him fast.
  3. pspr


    Obama's jobs bill is a non-starter. It wasn't a real bill anyway. It was just a political ploy so he can say, see the Rebuplicans won't pass a jobs bill.

    Even Bill Clinton is slamming Obama on his jobs bill.
  4. True indeed. He has entered the realm of lame duck-ness.
  5. 377OHMS


    Its stunning. The President kept repeating "pass this bill" during his jobs speech and Harry won't even allow the bill to come to a vote.

    16 months to go and Obama is already a full-fledged lame duck.
  6. The guy has been just an epic "crash and burn". You could have put Donald Duck in office following the bi-partisan angst of the Bush era and he would have had 75% approval ratings. It really didn't matter who came into office. The problem is Hopey mistook it for unilateral support of his screwball agenda without realizing just how much of that support was the "anti-Bush" sentiment.

    It's not even fair to compare this guy to Jimmy Carter. I believe Carter had a helluva lot more principle than Hopey.
  7. Eight


    These Democrats are something else.. accusations of racism fly and they describe the Republicans as "not having a plan" and they tighten up their underwear, set their hair on fire and run in circles yelling "we gotta DO SOMETHING!!".... but wait, there's more: "we gotta take vacations at the taxpayers expense first!!"
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  9. Yannis


    Kind Of Scary

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