February 9th, 2010
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Jobs bill: A chance for bipartisanship or election strategy?

As Senate Democrats look to pass a jobs bill before Presidents Day, experts say the debate is an opportunity to see if calls for bipartisanship will be answered.
As Senate Democrats look to pass a jobs bill before Presidents Day, experts say the debate is an opportunity to see if calls for bipartisanship will be answered.

Washington (CNN) - As Senate Democrats look to pass a jobs bill before Presidents Day, experts say the debate is an opportunity to see if calls for bipartisanship will be answered.

With record high unemployment - now at 9.7 percent - and polls showing Americans desperate for economic relief, the White House and the Democratic leadership are looking for ways to quell fears from the electorate and get legislation passed as the midterm elections near.

Bipartisanship could be the answer.

"There is certainly the opportunity for this to be a bipartisan bill. It should be a bipartisan bill because jobs are the thing that are on the mind of every single American right now," said Sean Gibbons, director of Communications and a congressional analyst at Third Way - a Washington think tank described as focusing on the middle class and moderate politics.

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  1. jules sand-perkins

    Make-work jobs from government taxation are not the solution to our economy.
    If a citizen produces something salable, he won't have to ask the government for either a job or a handout.
    The ability to produce something of value to society makes a person worthy of survival.

    February 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Dar

    All of the sudden after Brown was elected Odumbo wants to play nice and bring the Republicans back into the room. After the last stunt the Dems pulled by shutting the door on the Repub's, IM having a hard time beleiving anything they do now. A dog doesn't change it's spots.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    February 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Donkey Party

    A wonderful concept, but given the fact that the Right-wing despises middle and lower-class America, all we'll see is more hyper-partisanship from the America-hating party of teabagging tyrants

    February 9, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Gary's Opinion

    The best long term jobs bill would be a balanced budget....if we stop spending money that we don't have and balance our budget it will take a bit longer to come out of the recession but our recover will be real and strong and we'll break the cycle of borrowing from our grandchildren because we are too lazy to work harder and save more. Stop with this stimulus and jobs bill nonsense....the last one was nothing but Democratic pork.

    February 9, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. rs

    Interesting question on attempt at bi-partisanship, or electioneering by Obama. The reality is he made the Republicans look foolish a few nights ago ( He was having a battle of wits with un-armed opponents). Given the Republican's desires to stay intentionally disengaged from the legislative process, presumably for electioneering purposes, I would hope a brief moment of Republican engagement might lead to a bit of bi-partisanship. My suspicion is as Republicans have no plan for America (exept the rich and corporate), and the abilty of Obama to make them look foolish and self-centered at nearly every encounter, they will say "this is electioneering" , pull back and resume their anti-American sniper attacks. Where did the grown-ups go? If Republicans thinks this attracks me to them, they are seriously mis-informed.

    February 9, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. ran

    Now the Republicans will have to put up or be exposed for the fear/hate/obstructionist/purity party they are.

    Open everything up to the public so we can see/hear who is in this for the people and who is in this for their own self: like Lieberman/Nelson/Blue Dogs and the whole Republican party.

    If you want true change then vote for either a true Democrat or Independent in 2010/2012. I have very little hope the Republicans will cooperate until after Nov. 2010 and then hopefully it will be too late when we get a workable 60 true elected officials who are there to find solutions to all our problems.

    February 9, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Jim

    Both...lets see the Repubs filibuster a jobs bill.

    February 9, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Go for cloture

    Finish the job Dems. The GOP is just obstructing...
    or make them filibuster. I don't think they have the energy anyhow.

    February 9, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Greg Pottstown PA

    This is an election strategy. This is the dems reacting to Nj Va and Ma. If the repubs are smart they will only ever call this bill stimulus 2 and let the dems call it what ever they want. After all a "rose by any other name would smell as sweet". They would also do well by trying to redirect money from the reinvestment act yet to be spent toward the new bill to help keep the deficit down.

    February 9, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. j

    I don't see any type of bipartisan support from the Conservatives, even when it's something they would otherwise agree to. They're appealing to the voters that prefer a dysfunctional, chaotic government.

    February 9, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Joe, Chicago IL

    Bipartisanship and jobs' creation bill. Lets take off the fluff and see what is really is.

    Democrat majority (59-41) and second stimulus (democrat kickback) bill.

    Democrats, responsible for modifying and approving spending bills since January of 2007.

    See the change from Jan 2007 to Jan 2010?

    February 9, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. fair

    Definitely an election strategy. Obama is so skillful in election campaign that he could shift all the blames to Republics. He used this strategy to unite the democrates and cover his failures. Pray American will not be fooled by him.

    February 9, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Angie in PA

    We Know what the Republicans solutions are and besides NO To everything let me guess TAX CUTS! And More Tax cuts!

    February 9, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. Libertarian

    Even though our President asked for no grandstanding, you can BET your life we're going to see a lot of that. Politicians (either side) cannot wait to get in front of a camera and "play act". I'm disgusted with all of them....especially the Republican side for putting all of their resources into making an Administration fail. We all lose when this crap happens.

    February 9, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. ronald e miller

    Don't bet on it, the repubs have been saying no all along and they think that there stragety is working, maybe for them,but if the come to my part of the country they will find out otherwise,we don't trust the repubs,we were middle class when they took everything from us and gave it to rich,thr repubs look down their nose at us,the used to be middle class,and as far as they areconcerned we don't exist.

    February 9, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. katiec

    To expect bipartianship from the republicans is living in a world of make believe They are talking about not participating in the Health Care Debate, another unAmerican obstruction.
    They are demanding a script, undoubtedly favoring all their hot air ideas, as, when the summit was held with President Obama and the republicans, they made fools of theirselves, reinforcing their irresponsibility and incompetence.
    They appear to be out to destroy us, our country and any chance for survival.

    February 9, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. Obama Victim

    don't cave in Repubs...we have this loser on the run....keep up the pressure and we can destroy him

    February 9, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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