A quick comparison of the House and Senate on jobs

posted at 2:05 pm on September 8, 2011 by Tina Korbe

A fuller preview of the president’s jobs speech to come later. For now, suffice it to say nothing the president says tonight will matter if he’s not prepared to back it up with ready legislative language and a true willingness to roll up his sleeves and work with Congress to pass a plan. In the meantime, it’s worth remembering that, while the president has dithered and the Senate has dallied, the House has been busy.

Among the bills passed by the House, but stuck in the Senate are The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, The Energy Tax Prevention Act, Disapproval of FCC’s Net Neutrality Act, The Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act,  The Consumer Financial Protection & Soundness Improvement Act and The Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act. That doesn’t even touch the various bills the House has passed to reenergize the Gulf. Oh yeah, plus the House passed a budget.

You know how Obama repeatedly says Congress could take steps “right now” to jumpstart the economy again? Let’s amend that statement for accuracy: The Senate and the president could take steps right now to jumpstart the economy again. That is, they actually have House bills in front of them. Yes, this is shameless GOP cheerleading (sorry, @chandelonfriend) — but it’s so obvious in this case I can’t help it. I’m not asking Democratic senators or the president to have no disagreements with the bills the House has passed. I’m asking them to, as professors say, “engage the material.” Give it air time, amend it, offer an alternative, whatever. But don’t just sit passively or talk poetically.


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“12+”?

They don’t know how many?

mankai on September 8, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Fine, but it would be nice if this little graphic was published somewhere other than HotAir or other “right-wing” blogs.

The Progressives are really good at blabing a consistent message all over the country.

The GOP, not so much.

CrazyGene on September 8, 2011 at 2:08 PM

i like infographics

the internet needs more. from all sides. have at it!

Drunk Report on September 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM

ya but, yabut, it’s the duty of the Senate to obstruct the hot heads in the house, ya know. Cooler, wiser heads, and all that. It’s in the Constitution, man.

Skandia Recluse on September 8, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Obama and Reid: Kick can down road. Blame Bush. Rinse and repeat.

Steve Z on September 8, 2011 at 2:32 PM

This is why I don’t understand why the republicans in the house don’t repeat these same facts everytime the subject comes up. WTF? Place the blame where it lies, because if they don’t the MSM will keep feeding the general public the lies the democrats and administration keep repeating. The masses do not take the time to investigate, so they believe whatever is stuck to the wall, and vote based on that.

Geez! Wake up…

stacman on September 8, 2011 at 2:32 PM

I love the pretty picture. Says it all.

search4truth on September 8, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Fine, but it would be nice if this little graphic was published somewhere other than HotAir or other “right-wing” blogs.

The Progressives are really good at blabing a consistent message all over the country.

The GOP, not so much.

CrazyGene on September 8, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Then go to the comment sections of other news sites and summarize this information, and link back to it. You may peak the interest of a more independent minded person.

One things about the Tea Party movement I appreciate is that empowers the individual to take action instead of waiting for permission from one of the elites.

Mutnodjmet on September 8, 2011 at 2:34 PM

But if only the GOP would put country before party.

vcferlita on September 8, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Excellent post Tina

cmsinaz on September 8, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Tonight isn’t the SOTU. There’s no rule that says they can’t boo, or argue, or stand up & debate him right on the floor of the Congressional chamber. If he pulls his typical “blame GOP” nonsense, I’d like to see them all pull a copy of this poster from under their chair & hold them high in the air while cheering madly “GOP! GOP! GOP!”

RationalIcthus on September 8, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Tonight isn’t the SOTU. There’s no rule that says they can’t boo, or argue, or stand up & debate him right on the floor of the Congressional chamber. If he pulls his typical “blame GOP” nonsense, I’d like to see them all pull a copy of this poster from under their chair & hold them high in the air while cheering madly “GOP! GOP! GOP!”

RationalIcthus on September 8, 2011 at 3:40 PM

I second the motion.

There needs to be a warm-up session so that the Republicans can shout “LIAR!!” correctly in unison.

landlines on September 8, 2011 at 5:30 PM

I visualize this scene:

Young Obama, leaning back in a beanbag, smoking a fattie with other earnest yet clueless young people, expounding grandiose ideas.

Not that this is an unattractive picture – I’ve been there and enjoyed it a lot, but I’m not a lawyer/alleged Constitutional scholar. And I’m not a President asking for a second term.

Obama, j’accuse! You are still the earnest poseur you were in your youth, utterly unqualified to run anything. Everyone who had any overview of your past “leadership” experience has seen the same thing that the American people are now beginning to see. You’re just another blowhard who can’t be counted on to live up to your promises.

disa on September 8, 2011 at 5:36 PM

You may peak the interest of a more independent minded person….
Mutnodjmet on September 8, 2011 at 2:34 PM

“pique” interest, not peak (or peek)

Otherwise, good comment!!

fred5678 on September 8, 2011 at 5:53 PM