The first go at the American Jobs Act, President Barack Obama’s key piece of legislation dedicated to trying to get the country back to work and the economy on more even footing, didn’t even manage to pass the senate, with two Democrats joining with the Republicans to refuse to let the bill come up for an up or down, simple majority vote.
Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson and Montana Senator Jon Tester joined together with 46 Republicans to block the bill, and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, Jim Webb and Independent Senator Joe Lieberman all stated that if the bill was not blocked they would vote against its final passage in its current form.
Prior to the vote, Obama touted his plan, calling the doomed senate vote a “moment of truth,” and that it was “gut check time.” “Today’s the day when every American will find out exactly where their senator stands on this jobs bill. … Any senator who votes no will have to look you in the eye and tell you what exactly they are opposed to.”
The president was even more aggressive via email. Even before the vote failed, his team was already sending messages to supports declaring that Republicans were attempting to destroy the economy on purpose. “Their strategy is to suffocate the economy for the sake of what they think will be a political victory. They think that the more folks see Washington taking no action to create jobs, the better their chances in the next election. So they’re doing everything in their power to make sure nothing gets done.”
Obama has said he is open to breaking the bill into pieces in order to ensure passage, so next we will see if that can work, or if the entire plan will be blocked out of Republican obstructionism and Democratic fear.