Barack Obama Wants His Jobs Bill Back … Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV-D) Blocks Jobs Bill, Obama Blames Republicans
US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocks Barack Obama’s jobs bill from a vote, but Obama says its the GOP’s fault.
Just last week President Barack Obama stated in his Weekly Address that he wanted his jobs bill back and blamed Republicans for the fact that it has not passed. However, like most of what Obama says is just not true. Yesterday Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to have a vote on the Presidents jobs bill, forcing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to block the vote. Maybe some one may want to tell President Obama who is actually blocking his so-called jobs bill.
Senate Republicans tried to make Democrats hold a quick vote on President Obama’s jobs-stimulus bill Tuesday, but were blocked by Senate Majority Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who is sponsoring Mr. Obama’s bill but who said other matters take priority.
Mr. Obama has traveled the country calling for Congress to pass his plan immediately — including most recently Tuesday afternoon in Texas — but the tax increases included in his bill are opposed by Republicans and even many Democrats.
With that in mind, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, tried to force a vote, which presumably would have resulted in a humiliating defeat for the White House.
“I’d like to give him that vote,” Mr. McConnell said.
As reported at The Hill, McConnell was just trying to fulfill the request of Barack Obama by asking for a vote on the jobs bill and “to honor the request of the president of the United States that we vote on it now.” Reid blocked it an called it a political stunt. Really Senator Reid, a political stunt? Then what would you call what Obama is doing by asking for his jobs bill to be passed now, blaming the GOP to the American people and then having Democrats not support and block the vote? So who is blocking the passage of the bill?
“What I am trying to do here today by requesting this vote on the president’s jobs bill … is to honor the request of the president of the United States that we vote on it now,” McConnell said. “He has been asking us repeatedly over the last few weeks that we vote on it now.”
“I think the president of the United States, whose polices I generally do not support … is entitled to know where the Senate stands on his proposal that he has been out talking about … and suggesting that we are unwilling to vote on it,” he said.
However, that did not stop Obama from his divisive rhetoric in blaming the GOP for not passing the jobs bill. The fact of the matter is that there are many Democrats do not support the President’s bill. Let’s face it, Democrats are extremely hesitant to support anything that is purely Obama, they do not want to have to defend something else like the $787 stimulus and Obamacare in the 2012 elections.