Jobs Bill Still Stuck in Congress
Remember that bill that President Barack Obama proposed a few weeks ago? You know, the one that was supposed to help stimulate the economy, rehire teachers, provide incentives for employing veterans and all of that?
Yup. Still stuck.
Both parties have put forward their own separate jobs bills, and in the least shocking moment yet at the capitol, both were either defeated or denied passage mostly by members of the opposite party. The Democratic Rebuild America Jobs Act, an infrastructure plan that was expected to put construction workers back on the job, was unable to break the 60 votes needed to end a filibuster. It garnering only 51 votes, with the Republicans joined by Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson and Connecticut Independent Joe Lieberman in stalling the bill.
The GOP then put forth their own plan, which would also fund some minor highway repair work, while also dipping into the discretionary fund, as well as end numerous environmental and worker safety regulations on businesses. That plan failed 47 to 53.
As political write Steve Benen summarized, “One party seems to take the jobs crisis seriously, and any media report that says otherwise — be on the lookout for pieces saying the Senate defeated ‘two jobs bills’ today, as they were roughly equivalent — is misleading the public.”
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