Senate Republicans Block Debate on Jobs Bill
Matt | On 12, Oct 2011
Republicans have hit a new low as of Tuesday evening. I hope the American voters have their eyes open during this process.
The U.S. Senate voted against a measure to start the debate on the American Jobs Act, the president’s latest plan to put people back to work. In addition to all 46 Republicans blocking the move, two Democrats joined the party. How sad.
The final vote was 51-48. In this case, 60 votes were needed to start debate. So Republican support was mandatory to kick-start the process.
Some people initially took the news the wrong way, even though they had every right to be pissed. The vote was not on the bill itself, but rather whether or not to argue the bill. It still sucks either way. But, Republicans just aren’t happy with the bill as it stands, so they won’t touch it. It makes no sense to me.
For the Democrats that did vote for it, the GOP’s inaction becomes a powerful election year tool to show how Republicans could give two shits about the average American worker. That’s about the only bright side I can see in this — more campaign rhetoric.
I’m still at a loss as to how Republicans offer ZERO solutions to many of these issues, yet they continue to hammer the president on what he isn’t doing. The American Jobs Act isn’t perfect, but it’s paid for. It combines ideas that Republicans have generally supported.
Republicans aren’t going to do a DAMN THING that may give President Obama a boost with the people in an election year. If “jobs” are Americans’ first priority, then the GOP is going to do everything in their power to make sure the president fails in that area.
The logic makes perfect sense …. only if you’re rich, employed, and not worried about feeding your family.