Reid resists McConnell’s move to take up the president’s jobs bill

posted at 6:45 pm on October 4, 2011 by Tina Korbe

In Dallas today, the president blasted Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) for the House Majority Leader’s rejection of an all-or-nothing approach to the American Jobs Act, repeatedly calling on Cantor to “come down” to Dallas to explain why he opposes the bill and urging the House to “at least put this jobs bill up for a vote.”

Perhaps he should have saved his censure for Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.). The Senate Majority Leader today refused to allow Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring the president’s jobs bill up for a vote.

The way Reid did it was a little wonky. McConnell planned to add the AJA as an amendment to the China currency bill currently under consideration in the Senate. “I wanted to disabuse [Obama] of the notion that somehow we’re unwilling to vote on his proposal,” McConnell said. But Reid “filled the tree,” taking advantage of his right of first recognition and adding so many amendments to the bill that McConnell was unable to tack the AJA to it, too. Reid then even went so far as to accuse McConnell of “obstruction” and engaging in “a political stunt.”

But, however he did it, the message Reid sent was loud and clear: He will do whatever it takes to delay a vote on the AJA, perhaps because he knows he lacks a filibuster-proof supermajority, perhaps because he knows support for the legislation will do little for Democrats on the campaign trail.

“‘Right away’ is a relative term,” Reid said, to explain why he’s untroubled by the president’s repeated calls for immediate action.

In light of the woeful lack of support for Obama’s bill in both chambers, how long will the president maintain the pretense of urgency he’s adopted to push the passage of his bill? How long will he pretend it’s a medicine with no unintended side effects for all our economic ails? He’s pushed the class warfare line for so long that he won’t be able to retreat from it without admitting he took the wrong approach to job creation in the first place. Given this president’s track record at admitting a mistake (say, for example, the mistake he made by appointing Eric Holder as Attorney General), that seems unlikely to happen anytime soon. Instead, we can expect more equivocation from Mr. Reid, more delays on the AJA and, sadly, no real solutions to the jobs crisis.


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There’s another presidential debate coming up. 0bama could schedule another joint session to try and pitch this.

pedestrian on October 4, 2011 at 6:48 PM

“‘Right away’ is a relative term,” Reid said, to explain why he’s untroubled by the president’s repeated calls for immediate action.

That should make a pretty good commercial to counter Obowma’s attack on the “Do Nothing Republicans”…

… Thanks Harry, I didn’t know you were such a racist.

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Seven Percent Solution on October 4, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Well dingy, it is ALL on you to see to it bho gets his jobs bill done right now? Are you a worm dingy that won’t put this for a vote? Are you thinking you don’t have the votes dingy? Put up or shut up dingy!
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letget on October 4, 2011 at 6:49 PM

But this is not stopping Obama from demonizing the GOP saying they are blocking his “get people back to work” bill.

carbon_footprint on October 4, 2011 at 6:51 PM

“‘Right away’ is a relative term,” Reid said,

lololol

waht a putz…

cmsinaz on October 4, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Democrats resort to cannibalism. They’ll do anything to stay in office. And since it looks like to do that they have to sacrifice Obama, in the words of Emperor Palpatine:

So be it.

BobMbx on October 4, 2011 at 6:52 PM

The Mobile Corpse doesn’t love the black dude any longer, is this really the America we want to live in?

Bishop on October 4, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Lovin’ it !
Nice play.

pambi on October 4, 2011 at 7:02 PM

In Dallas today, the president blasted Rep. Eric Cantor..

Interesting, I smelled sulfur 70 miles away.

carbon_footprint on October 4, 2011 at 7:02 PM

The One is perfect. The One commits no error. The One makes no mistakes. The One is pure of thought. The One is all.

Unfortunately, about 30% of the population consistently believe all of the above.

Oh, and I guess Harry Reid is now officially one of those “obstructionist Republicans”. Who knew?

GarandFan on October 4, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Someone better tell the NY hippies

faraway on October 4, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Reid Blocks Vote On Jobs Bill
While Obama Blasts House For Not Voting On It
Oct 4 2011
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October 4, 2011

Talk about poor timing.

Moments after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, blocked a Republican motion in the Senate to vote on President Obama’s jobs bill, the president’s re-election campaign sent out an e-mail blasting House Republicans for not voting on the proposal.

Friend –

President Obama is in Dallas today urging Americans who support the American Jobs Act to demand that Congress pass it already.

Though it’s been nearly a month since he laid out this plan, House Republicans haven’t acted to pass it. And House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is out there actually bragging that they won’t even put the jobs package up for a vote — ever.

It’s not clear which part of the bill they now object to: building roads, hiring teachers, getting veterans back to work. They’re willing to block the American Jobs Act — and they think you won’t do anything about it.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, tried to force a vote on the president’s plan in the upper chamber Tuesday afternoon, but Reid used a procedural tactic to block the bill from coming to the floor. He called the Republican’s insistence on a vote a “publicity stunt.”

Reid says he plans to vote on the measure by the end of this month.
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canopfor on October 4, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Eric Cantor-You Tube!
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http://www.youtube.com/user/EricCantor

canopfor on October 4, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Oh, he even ‘read’ a ‘supportive’ quote from Reagan today in Dallas, to sound oh-so clever.
It was to prove that Reagan was as guilty as he, of promoting class warfare.
Levin played Reagan’s full speech and ripped that concept to shreds.
My opinion of our CiC could not be lower, I tell ya.
Sad, he’s totally sad.

pambi on October 4, 2011 at 7:09 PM

In Dallas today, the president blasted Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) for the House Majority Leader’s rejection of an all-or-nothing approach to the American Jobs Act, repeatedly calling on Cantor to “come down” to Dallas to explain why he opposes the bill and urging the House to “at least put this jobs bill up for a vote.”
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Press Release Oct 4 2011
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Response To President Obama’s Remarks In Mesquite, Texas
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to excerpts released by the White House of President Obama’s remarks today in Mesquite, Texas, Brad Dayspring, Communications Director for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), issued the following statement:
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“If House Republicans sent our plan for America’s job creators to the President, would he promise not to veto it in its entirety? Would he travel district to district and explain why he’d block such common sense ideas to create jobs? House Republicans have different ideas on how to grow the economy and create jobs, but that shouldn’t prevent us from trying to find areas of common ground with the President. That is precisely why Majority Leader Cantor has given his word to the President that the House will pass portions of his jobs bill this month. President Obama needs to understand that his ‘my way or the highway’ approach simply isn’t going to work in the House or the Democratic Senate, especially in light of his abysmal record on jobs. Serious problems deserve serious leadership, and the American people have gone without it for far too long. Republicans are trying to work together despite our disagreements – why isn’t the President?”
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http://ht.ly/6NaD9

canopfor on October 4, 2011 at 7:11 PM

In Dallas today, the president blasted Rep. Eric Cantor..
Interesting, I smelled sulfur 70 miles away.

carbon_footprint on October 4, 2011 at 7:02 PM

carbon_footprint:Le Pee UUUUU,haha!:)

canopfor on October 4, 2011 at 7:12 PM

cmsinaz on October 4, 2011 at 6:52 PM

He sounds like PBHO saying, I didn’t mean change you can believe in right away, or change you can believe in in 1 month, …

MJBrutus on October 4, 2011 at 7:14 PM

President O keeps saying things without any basis in reality. He’s acting like he has a wonderful bill and mean people are blocking it out of spite and casual cruelty. Nope, it’s a piece of crap crap-sandwich that sane politicians are avoiding.

joeindc44 on October 4, 2011 at 7:16 PM

These Dems can try to stay away from this bill and Obama all they want to until election day. I’ve got news for them. Their collective asses will still be handed to them in 2012.

Winebabe on October 4, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Bre’r Rabbit and the briar patch. Bre’r Fox just threw him right in today. It’s like Rush has said repeatedly: give the Dems a door, and they’ll walk into it EVERY TIME.

hoosiermama on October 4, 2011 at 7:17 PM

SOOOOO glad hubby’s work took him to FW today, not snarled up in Dallas.
His Dallas route is tomorrow .. LOL.

pambi on October 4, 2011 at 7:17 PM

delay we much!

joeindc44 on October 4, 2011 at 7:18 PM

He will continue making this particular fraudulent argument so long as the msm gives him a pass on it. After that Obama will turn to a different fraudulent argument. Thanks, Tina, for giving this some publicity.

GaltBlvnAtty on October 4, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Perhaps Barack needs to call Reid, leave him holding for 20 minutes, then come back with a “Negro dialect”.

SouthernGent on October 4, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Yes attach it to another bill chock full of amendments that have absolutely nothing to do with the bill at hand. Same stuff different day. I am sick and tired of this.. Time for stand alone bills on one issue at a time.. they may have to take shorter vacays and spend less time in the gym and dining room, but enough is enough. Sick and tired of the whole lot of them, McConnell included. It is time for term limiting citizen legislators. This was a political ploy pure and simple. It is time to stop..

As for Holder, there was plenty of warning that he was a snake in the grass, how he ever made it out of the Senate committee in the first place is a mystery to me.. How we could appoint an Attny General who rep’d GITMO folks says all we need to know about him. .. Prbly Graham, Sessions, Shelby, McConnell and the rest of the old guard. They should be ashamed of themselves.

kringeesmom on October 4, 2011 at 7:36 PM

I had dinner with a liberal friend this weekend and she is absolutely convinced that it is the eeeevil Republicans who are preventing the passage of Obama’s jobs bill.

Talk to all of your friends who might consider voting for Obama to make sure they know that even the Senate Democrats won’t vote for Obama’s jobs bill.

We need to be laying the groundwork for the 2012 election now.

wren on October 4, 2011 at 7:59 PM

let’s see, OB blames the Republican House for obstructing the jobs bill because they won’t put it up for a vote, and then he blames the Republicans in the Senate for using a ploy when they propose putting the same bill up for a vote.

As the AFLAC duck would say, “Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?”

Apparently OB is honoring us by the taking of our chips (poker)*

* old SNL reference, for those of you old enough to remember the skit.

Old Fritz on October 4, 2011 at 8:20 PM

As for Holder, there was plenty of warning that he was a snake in the grass, how he ever made it out of the Senate committee in the first place is a mystery to me.. How we could appoint an Attny General who rep’d GITMO folks says all we need to know about him. .. Prbly Graham, Sessions, Shelby, McConnell and the rest of the old guard. They should be ashamed of themselves.

kringeesmom on October 4, 2011 at 7:36 PM

He is black, it’s AA at work.

slickwillie2001 on October 4, 2011 at 8:34 PM

… Thanks Harry, I didn’t know you were such a racist.

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Seven Percent Solution on October 4, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Of course he’s a racist. He is a democrat after all.

CurtZHP on October 4, 2011 at 8:36 PM

• What does it say about a president who is in Dallas telling people that the Republicans are blocking his bill? Does he not know that the bill has never been presented to the Republicans, or democrats for that measure?

Of course not. Ever see his daily schedule? There is the briefing first thing on most days, before his first meeting with someone or giving a speech. Nothing about actual sitting down at a desk and working, nor is there time to do that on most days with all the speeches, meeting with people and stuff. Of course he does not need to do that desk stuff. He depends on all his people to do the work. If recalled, his staff said they gave up on giving him daily briefings on the economy. Probably took too long trying to explain it to him in the short amount of time they had to do it.

Then there is the bill itself.

Obama was in a tight spot. He needed to be out campaigning, pretending that all was well or would be if his bill were passed. There might be more to that “need” than we are aware of if his Narcissism has hit critical psychosis level. Someone put together a bill made up of things he seemed to repeat often as solutions, somehow, if people would just get out of the way. Next was to get him to present his bill to the full house to make it seem important. That got a bit tripped up somehow when the half baked ideas hit reality. None the less, none of that mattered since an appearance was the intended target. All that was left was a willingness of Harry Reid to insure that the bill stayed in limbo so Obama would have a campaign that paved over his negative record. If ever Reid lets the bill actually be introduced, Obama is dead in the water. Maybe Harry realizes that, but Obama remains oblivious to the fact as he continues to demonize the Republicans for not passing a bill they have never had a chance to vote on.

What is the plan? Getting Obama re-elected, no matter what it takes, even despite his best efforts to get tossed out. Harry knows how that works, from experience if the rumors are right, and he knows the foxes (unions) are guarding the hen house (voting booths). All he has to do is keep those Republicans from passing something that creates new jobs.

Socialism must grow the government and destroy its economy to succeed. As Marx and Engles said, socialism is the transition from Capitalism to Communism where the government gains control of all production for the benefit of the proletariat where each gets according to their needs as determined by the government and each gives according to their ability as demanded by the government.

Franklyn on October 4, 2011 at 9:03 PM

He will do whatever it takes to delay a vote on the AJA, perhaps because he knows he lacks a filibuster-proof supermajority, perhaps because he knows support for the legislation will do little for Democrats on the campaign trail.

Or maybe he was listening to Levin talking to Gomert about the tax increases on those billionaires that are making 125,000 a year!

If you missed that detail do not worry. It will be everywhere in a day or so! Meanwhile, look at page 135 of the Obama tax, err, job bill to find out for yourself!

Freddy on October 4, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Why is it that no one seems to get this:

Obama KNEW it would never be passed. He doesn’t want it passed. He wants it to sit there and die in Congress so he can say next year that he tried, but the “Republican Congress” wouldn’t pass a “sensible jobs bill.”

McConnell for once tried to call his bluff. I don’t know how many other things he could do or try to bring this bill up, but I would do everything in my power to do it and go on every radio and TV show and say, “We’re ready to vote on it, why are the Democrats trying to bury it?”

UnderstandingisPower on October 4, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Reid won’t be able to hide from the bill indefinitely, and 23 of his 53-seat majority (including the “independents”) are up for reelection in 2012, many in red states and more in purple states. The LAST thing they want is to have to vote on a big package of tax hikes and union payoffs.

Once again, Obama’s team shows it’s lack of competence and intelligence. They just supposed that Boehner and the Republican House couldn’t wait to vote down this awful bill right away, that’s why they layered in all the tax hikes and union giveaways and state aid like the stimulus bill. If the House defeated it, the Senate never has to vote, so the vulnerable incumbents wouldn’t have to vote on it at all.

Brilliant plan, Zippy, but Boehner didn’t just fall off a turnip truck. Making the Senate vote first was an obvious ploy, and one Reid can’t really resist indefinitely without making it obvious even to the dull of wit who might consider voting for Obama again. And Obama looks even more ridiculous going about the country blaming the GOP while Reid uses every trick in the book to avoid a vote on it.

Adjoran on October 5, 2011 at 1:10 AM

obama isn’t running against reid. He’s running against republicans. The average voter has no idea what McConnell did in the senate. They do, however, know that republicans haven’t voted on it. They know what they’re told, and the average voter isn’t looking for stories like this, stories which show the complete opposite of what they think they know. We know what the truth is, but we’re not in charge of getting the information out there.

I’ve had any number of conversations with low information voters, and everything they “know” is the exact opposite of reality (granted, as I know it, but I DO go looking for the truth). It is these low information voters that are being targeted for this propaganda, and it’s working. It always works.

runawayyyy on October 5, 2011 at 1:34 PM