Obama vows to break jobs plan into separate bills after Senate setback
October 11th, 2011
07:15 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama vows to break jobs plan into separate bills after Senate setback

Washington (CNN) – Shortly after his $447 billion jobs plan stalled Tuesday in the Senate, President Barack Obama vowed to break the broad initiative down into numerous, separate bills - potentially setting up even more showdowns between Democrats and Republics on how to boost the economy and where to get the money to do so.

The Democrat-pushed bill failed Tuesday night to get the 60 votes needed in the Senate to proceed. A total of 50 members of the chamber supported the measure, while 49 cast ballots against it.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If democrats pass this bill, not only will it help 99% of Americans, it could negate a lot of the $200 million the Kochs will spend to help elect bought and paid for republicans, and that does not even include the $400 million that Karl the turd blossom Rove is spending to steal the election.

    October 11, 2011 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  2. PA_outofwork

    The American JOKE Act, the Obama tax plan, if passed, would add one and half trillion dollars in new taxes on the American people.

    October 11, 2011 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  3. charles

    Again Goverment can not find jobs, vote no on this bill................

    October 11, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  4. ST

    Anyone who will vote against this bill and the economy slips back where we were in 2008 needs to be taken straight to prison. Who in the right mind did not witness this??? We have been there and we will not allow anybody, I repeat anybody to take us back where we were in 2008. Voters(senators), take it on your own risk!

    October 11, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    This should be interesting. People are going to have to "show their love" when they cast their votes. Voting "aye" doesn't mean raising taxes, it just means the bill can come to the floor for discussion. The real question being asked here is are tax cuts on the table or off the table. Put your position on the record.

    October 11, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  6. Michael

    The republicans are already geared up to filibuster the bill. These people and i use that term loosely need to be voted out of office. This is the United States of America not the Republican States of America. ACT LIKE A CITIZEN!

    October 11, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  7. cindy

    Try something-if it fails repubs can use it to campaign on and be seen as credible. doing nothing is NOT an option. Pass the Jobs BILL ALREADY!!!!!! Show us you are at least attempting to help our situations!!

    October 11, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    It will fail. Miserably. That's as it should be.

    October 11, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  9. Wall Street Crime Victim

    Pass the bill!

    October 11, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. diridi

    I don't know whether it does create jobs, but one thing is sure, we can do better with "Roads, Bridges, Airports, etc," Because we are pumping this money only on our soil, not "IRAQ WAR, NOR AFGHANISTAN, NOR PAKISTAN". YES, they need to raise Taxes on who make 250k or more. Yes, It will be a benefit....to the American people...Money stay inside USA!
    Obama2012....

    October 11, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. Phillip fain

    Obama is not just the president, he is also the head of a major political party this bill has no chance of passing and was never intended to. It's purpose is to draw a line in the sand. Make it clear where everybody stands. Define the up coming election . Denial is less a tool when your on record. I like this guy, isure wouldn't want to run against him.

    October 11, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. 2607

    Those here apposing the Bill... stop complaining about unemployement rate... YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS

    October 11, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    He put forth an ambitious plan for the COUNTRY, to help put US back to work. Now let's see who is FOR US and who is AGAINST US. This revelation was also part of this ambitious presidential package. Well done Mr. President!
    Obama 2012.

    October 11, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. michaelam

    Pass the Bill! What is wrong with these people?! Move this country forward for the good of EVERYONE, not just the 1%. Americans need jobs and they need them NOW!

    October 11, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. SuperD

    We have to get out of the mindset of: "We have a problem, let the govt solve it" That's why the bill stinks, it's not going to pass, it was never intended to pass, even Dems don't support it. GIVE IT UP. Even if it did pass, it wouldn't do a darn thing, people are wise to that now, knowing how the "stimulus" did.

    October 11, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Ancient Texan

    Even Democrats (the thinking ones) know this is a half trillion dollar throwaway to the unions wrapped in a campaign ploy. It's not a "jobs" bill.

    October 11, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. FactCheck

    The only jobs that the Senate GOP should be worried about is their own. Or do they think that the national protests are isolated incidents?

    October 11, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Sandy

    Pass this bill! Whoever doesn't vote for it, democrat or republican, should be voted out the next election!

    October 11, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Bay

    This is just gamesmanship by Harry Reid as he knows it will most likely not get out of the Senate and definitely would not get through the House. What will be instructive is to see how Senate Democrats running for re-election in 2012 in conservative states like mine will vote. I am doubting Democrats will put growth and prosperity over redistribution and union politics.

    October 11, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |