Just a reminder: Obama’s jobs bill still has no cosponsors

posted at 12:00 pm on October 1, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to introduce his American Jobs Act, exhorting them on national television to “pass this bill immediately”?  Obama used that phrase in various forms 17 times despite the fact that he didn’t actually have a bill to present to Congress until a week later.  And as far as all but two members of Congress are concerned, the bill itself may as well not exist.  No co-sponsors have added their names to either the Senate or the House version even after more than a week, although readers have to dig a ways into the Washington Post report to find that out:

In the House, it has been introduced as a bill by Rep. John B. Larson (D-Conn.). In the Senate, the bill has been introduced by Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.).

Neither bill has attracted any co-sponsors.

And, earlier this week, Reid said that the Senate would not take up the bill when it returns from a short recess. Instead, it would first take up a measure to punish China and other nations for currency ma­nipu­la­tion. That bill, in keeping with the Democrats’ strategy, is meant to help several individual senators in manufacturing states, where competition from China is blamed for local job losses.

What about the jobs bill? “We’ll get to that,” Reid told reporters.

Anyone in either chamber can add their name to the bill as a co-sponsor.  It’s not as if there are only a couple of Democrats in Congress.  The House has 193 Democrats, 192 of which apparently don’t want to be associated with Obama’s job-creation track record.  Democrats control the Senate with 51 members and two independents, although on this legislation it looks more like one Democrat and 52 independents.

We have a federal system, not a parliamentary system, so our legislature doesn’t take votes of no-confidence to force an executive out of power.  But given the high-profile rollout of the AJA by Obama, including his demand for a joint session to escalate pressure for action, the lack of any co-sponsors on these bills is about as close as we’ll get to a vote of no confidence in this executive short of an outright floor-vote failure in the Senate on the bill.

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How many of the congresscritters who voted for the Stimuli are still in office?

disa on October 1, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Toxic.

reddevil on October 1, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Nobody wants to touch that Tar Baby of a bill. (And mo, that’s not racist. I checked.)

VastRightWingConspirator on October 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM

The incredible, shrinking President.

Unprecedented.

rwenger43 on October 1, 2011 at 12:09 PM

A bunch of Simon Peters, denying their Jesus.

Obama who?

thebrokenrattle on October 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM

The incredible,bly shrinking President

FIFM

rwenger43 on October 1, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Dangerous.

Key West Reader on October 1, 2011 at 12:11 PM

The incredible, shrinking President.

Unprecedented.

rwenger43 on October 1, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Are the 52%ers embarrassed yet?

VegasRick on October 1, 2011 at 12:11 PM

disa on October 1, 2011 at 12:04 PM

63 lost their jobs so that means approximately 156 or so remain. That is way too many in my thinking.

chemman on October 1, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Remember when Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to introduce his American Jobs Act, exhorting them campaign on national television to “pass this bill immediately” to piss of Green Bay Packers fans and Republican’s?

Just cleaning that up for ya Ed. For clarity, you know?

Knucklehead on October 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM

VastRightWingConspirator on October 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Ah-woo-woo!! I grew up in the SC Lowcountry and now live in GA, so I know: “Tar Baby” may not be racist, but “mo” sure is!

rwenger43 on October 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM

It seems dc is just too busy voting on keeping the government open, a week at a time, to deal with this jobs bill?
L

letget on October 1, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Bill? What bill?
Uh, I broke my wrist, my pen ran out of ink, the lights are out in my office, my car broke down, some relatives came in from out of town, it’s not my fault!!!!!

Why do the House Dems remind me of John Belushi in Blues Brothers?

gordo on October 1, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Electoral kiss of death.

Are the 52%ers embarrassed yet?

VegasRick on October 1, 2011 at 12:11 PM

My guess is that 40 percentage points of that 52 percentage points are not embarrassed. The remaining 12 percentage points are embarrassed, but I’m still worried about how they’ll vote in 2012.

BuckeyeSam on October 1, 2011 at 12:17 PM

the lack of any co-sponsors on these bills is about as close as we’ll get to a vote of no confidence in this executive short of an outright floor-vote failure in the Senate on the bill.

And that’s why Reid won’t bring it to the floor. It will be the kiss of death to anyone who votes for it.

GarandFan on October 1, 2011 at 12:19 PM

VastRightWingConspirator on October 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM

rwenger43 on October 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Actually, JK. On the coastal islands, where the poorer whites worked side-by-side with freed slaves, the cultures are very mixed and are respectful of each other (though not in every case.) So the dialects are used by everyone regardless of skin color.

What city folks consider racist is due to their own ignorance of the fact that all poor country folks say or behave differently than cityfolk.

rwenger43 on October 1, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Obama’s rudder has failed hard left.

He’s spinning in circles, and can’t find a friend. Wow.

God deals with false prophets in his own way. Some he afflicts with boils. Others…he has them on TV every day, showing the world over and over how dumb they are. (Only God can make the waters recede)

Hell on earth. There is nothing more painful to a narcissist than being laughed at or ignored.

“And now, lets go live to the Obama Comedy Hour…”

BobMbx on October 1, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Is it fair yet to start calling the recently re-certified Harry Reid a narcissist, too?

Clearly he’s following his own instincts, too, just like–but totally unlike–his President.

rwenger43 on October 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Congress has gone soft

faraway on October 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM

obaka is getting lonely….

ladyingray on October 1, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Remember when Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress, etc. etc…

And don’t forget the great BUS tour….

golfmann on October 1, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Loser

Cicero43 on October 1, 2011 at 12:38 PM

I may be speaking out of turn, but?

This is a Valerie Jarrett Bill, flush with fund

Oh Sh*5.

Key West Reader on October 1, 2011 at 12:39 PM

It seems dc is just too busy voting on keeping the government open, a week at a time, to deal with this jobs bill?
L

letget on October 1, 2011 at 12:17 PM

It appears that their jobs are more important.

Electrongod on October 1, 2011 at 12:39 PM

“Change me, I stink!”

Mr_Magoo on October 1, 2011 at 12:41 PM

The Democrats in the House and Senate are too soft to co-sponsor this bill. Clearly.

SlaveDog on October 1, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Oh, FUBO.

Let’s just get it over with. FUGG YOU OBAMA. FUGG YOU HARD. IN YO BUTT.

/Yes, I did.

Ed, Allah? Please don’t ban me.

Key West Reader on October 1, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Obama who?

thebrokenrattle on October 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM

The three stages of BO’s presidency:

Vote for Barack Hussein Obama.

Vote for someone just like Barack Hussein Obama.

Barack Hussein Obama who?

GrannyDee on October 1, 2011 at 12:45 PM

“I was popular and you can’t deny it!” -Major Frank Burns, M.A.S.H. 4077

Mr_Magoo on October 1, 2011 at 12:46 PM

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Cicero43 on October 1, 2011 at 12:53 PM

The lone and level sands stretch far away.

ouch

faraway on October 1, 2011 at 12:57 PM

VastRightWingConspirator on October 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM
Ah-woo-woo!! I grew up in the SC Lowcountry and now live in GA, so I know: “Tar Baby” may not be racist, but “mo” sure is!

rwenger43 on October 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Whoops… “mo” was a typo. Should have read: “And no, that’s not racist. I checked.” Freudian, maybe. But fat fingers… definitely.

VastRightWingConspirator on October 1, 2011 at 1:03 PM

This loser is going to take a beating worse than Mondale did back in ’80. It will be a loss of epic proportions and one that will put popcorn sales through the roof. Beer sales too.

Unlike past presidential elections, not even the MSM will be able to hide Obama’s gallactic incompetency and speechifying buffoonery. And lies.

fogw on October 1, 2011 at 1:05 PM

He would be a lot better than President Softee.

http://themorningspew.com/2011/09/30/rick-perry-says-the-one-who-is-soft-is-the-won-who-is-in-charge/

bloggless on October 1, 2011 at 2:05 PM

VastRightWingConspirator on October 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Says who? Of course you are.

antisocial on October 1, 2011 at 2:25 PM

If ‘Pubbies were smart…
Yeah, I know… I did say “if”
They could turn this back.

All the House Republicans would have to do is take the President’s bill, and attach every tax it would take to make it all happen. Tax hikes on the rich, the middle and the poor. Tax hikes on gas, on payrolls, on anything that isn’t nailed down. Then bring this tub of lard to the floor with a huge price tag attached, and dare the Democrats to vote for it.

The President is trying to give away something for nothing. The Republicans have to show that he is giving with one hand, and taking a heck of a lot more with the other.

Haiku Guy on October 1, 2011 at 2:26 PM

But given the high-profile rollout of the AJA by Obama, including his demand for a joint session to escalate pressure for action, the lack of any co-sponsors on these bills is about as close as we’ll get to a vote of no confidence in this executive short of an outright floor-vote failure in the Senate on the bill.

Pretty much the way I see it….thanks for the update Ed.

Tim_CA on October 1, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Congress has gone soft

faraway on October 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM

“I was popular and you can’t deny it!” -Major Frank Burns, M.A.S.H. 4077

Mr_Magoo on October 1, 2011 at 12:46 PM

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Cicero43 on October 1, 2011 at 12:53 PM

All worth repeating!

itsnotaboutme on October 1, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Obama is a hapless buffoon who wasn’t qualified even to be admitted as a transfer student to Columbia, and certainly not for any of the prizes he’s been handed ever since.

Flush Obama now!

Adjoran on October 1, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Congress is racist.

Sugar Land on October 1, 2011 at 3:13 PM

But given the high-profile rollout of the AJA by Obama, including his demand for a joint session to escalate pressure for action, the lack of any co-sponsors on these bills is about as close as we’ll get to a vote of no confidence in this executive short of an outright floor-vote failure in the Senate on the bill.

looks like this bill has gone soft….

toughen up, champ. there’s always next year….or maybe not./

ted c on October 1, 2011 at 3:29 PM

I think our country is in an unpresidented condition.

Oldnuke on October 1, 2011 at 3:46 PM

I am somewhat reminded of an old Life cereal commercial.

darwin-t on October 1, 2011 at 3:57 PM

The bill is radioactive.

dogsoldier on October 1, 2011 at 4:03 PM

…“pass this bill immediately”? Obama used that phrase in various forms 17 times despite the fact that he didn’t actually have a bill to present to Congress…

I just heard a radio ad here in Southwest Virginia for a challenger to the encumbent Democrat State Senator. Even though it’s a state election, the challenger used the name Obama, tied to his opponent, either 14 or 15 times. It was hard keeping count.

TugboatPhil on October 1, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Why does no one seem to understand this. This is not ABOUT the Congress taking up this bill and voting on it. It’s not about the bill at all. It’s all a song and dance to get people to THINK there is a bill with a chance anywhere of being passed, so next year when unemployment is as bad or worse than it is now, Obama can say it was the REPUBLICAN Congress that stopped it.

In fact, it’s the very fact that Americans don’t seem to know that Republicans don’t control all of the Congress that’s a problem. There was more bipartisan support against what Obama wants than for it, but that’s never talked about–only that the Republicans are standing in the way of “progress” and THEY are the ones making everything worse. It’s a sham.

UnderstandingisPower on October 1, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Quite possibly the failingest fail of all fails, legislatively speaking.

curved space on October 1, 2011 at 4:55 PM

TOTUS says… “Pass this Buck!”
-

RalphyBoy on October 1, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Barry’s dad didn’t have a sponsor either. An AA sponsor. Ironic his son would benefit from AA – the Affirmative Action type.

BHO Jonestown on October 1, 2011 at 8:46 PM

This loser is going to take a beating worse than Mondale did back in ’80.
fogw on October 1, 2011 at 1:05 PM

That was ’84 fogw.

And here’s hoping you’re right about a beating worse than Mondale.

listens2glenn on October 1, 2011 at 10:49 PM

looks like this bill has gone soft….

ted c on October 1, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Dang it ted c, a better choice of words wouldn’t give me this mental picture I’m now trying to expunge. : )

listens2glenn on October 1, 2011 at 11:00 PM

If only he’d said “right now!” another five or six times during his televised campaign speech, maybe he’d at least have succeeded in brainwashing a few members of his own party.

Blacklake on October 2, 2011 at 12:27 AM

“My name is Obamandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Cicero43 on October 1, 2011 at 12:53 PM

TexasDan on October 2, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Forget about co-sponsor(s)!

Has anyone seen it? What is the actual content? Where is it posted?

Sir Napsalot on October 3, 2011 at 10:54 AM