Senate blocks votes on jobs bills
October 20th, 2011
11:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate blocks votes on jobs bills

Washington (CNN) - Democrats and Republicans tried to force versions of a jobs bill through the Senate late Thursday, but both fell short of the 60 votes they would have needed to bring their proposals to the floor.

In a 50-50 vote, senators blocked a component of President Barack Obama's jobs bill - $35 billion for states and localities to hire more teachers and first responders while preventing current ones from being laid off.

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  1. Wall Street Crime Victim

    Pass the Jobs Bill!

    October 20, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm predicting a small but significant win for Team America.
    The Rethugs HAVE TO compromise on this little piece of legislation. They have no choice. The President has been singing their 'praises' (wink!) from sea to shining sea for the past week or so. He may not be able to sing as well as KochCain, but his voice carries quite well and it is music to our American ears!!

    Keep singing your heart out Mr. President, we're listening!

    Obama 2012. Period.

    October 20, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ....But if the GOPeeing Teatards decide NOT to compromise on this, and stick to their little Kill America Pledges WE will sing at their political funeral come November 2012.
    Either way, as I said before, a win for Team America.

    Obama 2012. Period.

    October 20, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Portland tony

    Irony here is that those that vote it down will still call 9-1-1 and expect the same good service as always!

    October 20, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Bill

    The GOP is falling right into Obama's trap. I can not wait to see the campaign commericals that will be generated when they vote against this. Hey GOP, ever wonder why the DNC is far outraising you this election season? Hint: people are sick of the Republican's garbage.

    October 20, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    The Republicans will vote unilaterally against the bill. They have no choice is they wish to maintain their *principles* and honor, whatever that might be. Politicians used to boast about having integrity. Today, conservative politicians boast "principles", "morals", and "values."

    Integrity doesn't seem to mean much anymore. Whatever happened to it? Is it dead? I would rather vote for a politician who values integrity over their self-defined principled set of moral values. I know what integrity is, and what it always shall be. I cannot ever know someone who operates on a self-defined set of moral values, especially when their behavior has little to nothing to do with the book of common sense wisdom, Proverbs, in the The Bible that they claim serves as their guide.

    October 20, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. TEAliban/TEAhadists

    I triple dog dare the ConservaFASCISTS to vote against this bill. The 99% of us wat taxes increased on the wealthiest Aericans. Keep acting as if you don't hear us. We're gonna be handing out alot of pink slips next November.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 20, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. carrotroot

    So let me get this right, Obama is asking millionaires to pay 0.5% tax increase to keep 250,000 teachers and firefighters working and he gets called a communist. But Cain proposes a 9% mandatory tax increase on everyone making under $20,000 - the working poor, and a new 9% federal tax on all goods on top of what you already pay in state and local taxes, and he's getting praised by the Tea Party and Republicans??? I guess it's ok to raise taxes on 99% of us as long as the top 1% gets a tax cut.

    October 20, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. A Kickin` Donkey

    It is intersting to notice how effective and efficient the President has been when he DOES NOT have his hands tied by an OBSTRUCTIONIST Republican-Party Controlled Congress. For example, the demise of Moammar, despite all that GOP nonsense of "impeaching him or suing him" regarding thw War Powers Act.

    My fellow thinking Americans, independents, moderate Republicans, don`t buy the GOP hype. Obama hasn`t been able to impliment HIS policies . . . he has only been able to make the best of a bad situation in Congress.

    Based on his success in foreign affairs, WE SHOULD ALL TRUST HIM to address the economy and JOBS by implementing his vision.

    I call on you to do everything you can to give him a Democratic Party SUPER MAJORITY in 2012 & 2016. That will end the stagnation in Washington. Then, if thw democrats HAVE NOT fixed things by 2016, FIRE THEM.

    It will take the GOP until 2016 to field an "A" team anyway. They have no plan for an American renewal and their obstruction has already cost citizens precious time out of Mr. Obama`s 8 year window.

    October 20, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. John Herzog

    If the GOP members of the House fail to approve an extension of the payroll tax relief, due to expire on Dec. 31, they will not only be authorizing/promoting the most widespread (all working Americans) tax increase in the history of the U.S., but they will individually and collectively violate their Norquist pledge to not raise taxes.....They are fighting to not raise taxes on Millionaires but have no problem raising the payroll taxes on all working Americans by an average of $1000 per family...If the jobs bill were to pass as is, there would be an additional $500 per family payroll tax relief...Who would have thought that Obama would be the person to reduce taxes for the middle class while the GOP opposes it?

    October 20, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    I don't know what has gotten into today's Republican Party. They have built themselves a platform, on which they all can stand. They built a Jacob's Ladder to reach the heights of the platform. They have all obediently climbed the ladder and gathered at the top, from where they can shout over the crowd and be heard. They are proud of their invention.

    But, they do not seem to care or realize that they built there platform in a corner. The foundation is unstable. There is somebody at the bottom of that only ladder starting a "fahr," and they don't seem to care. They act as if they collective blow hard enough the "fahr" will go away, and the platform will remain standing.

    If 2011 is a foreshadowing of things to come, then 2012 will be the most remarkable election in US history since 2008.

    October 20, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Independent Voters

    Please 2012 hurry come so we can vote the republicans out of the office it sad that they want to teachers and police, firefighters to lose there jobs.

    Vote republicans out of office 2012

    October 20, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    BTW, kudos to CNN: the pop-up ads on your main page are the single most annoying and instrusive advertisements you've had on your main page ever. Bang up job being total wh-res.

    October 20, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Corporations R. People II

    Let's see if the Republicans really care about heroes or if they are all about lip service and protecting the top 1%. My guess is that the half a percentage point is too steep for their wealthy masters and groveling grover.
    Brilliant move by Obama and Reid: all cards on the table, we'll see who has what....and who is abiding by "the will of the American people"

    October 20, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Nothing gets the GOP angrier than attempts to ruin their ability to leverage your suffering for 2012.

    October 20, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Keeping it Real

    Liberal Method of Budget Management: Not enough money? No Problem! Simply Tax more!

    So when a family want to spend more at home, what do they do? Do they charge tolls for the sidewalk? Or tax their Children's allowance? Yes, it sounds stupid, and it is. And that's why the Liberal plan is stupid too. It's a losing plan where you can't manage within your own budget instead of always having to take from others for your incompetence!

    October 20, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. ObamaCares

    The GOP and t-terds really reek of s-. How 'bout the smarts of our president. I'm glad he's putting the obstructionists between the rock and a hard place.

    October 20, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    A Kickin` Donkey

    It is intersting to notice how effective and efficient the President has been when he DOES NOT have his hands tied by an OBSTRUCTIONIST Republican-Party Controlled Congress.
    -------------------------------------------------
    I and so many others that have posted the same share your sentiments.
    As you well stated (with the exception of the Health Care Act possibly, but even that was a watered down version of what his true vision was), he hasn't implemented his vision. He's been obstructed and swimming upstream since he set foot in the White House, whilst simultaneously having to address a plate load of MAJOR issues that all demanded and competed for his COMPLETE attention.
    In the midst of this his latest maojr accomplishments I must admit to a cetain heaviness of heart in seeing yet again the inability of the GOP's Best of the Best to give our President his due.
    I do not recognize who these GOPeeing people are, but I know what they are about. And if anyone is under the deluded illusion that they want to preside over our country to improve our collective lot, they need to think again.

    Obama 2012. Period

    October 20, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. GUYinVA

    @Dominican mama 4 Obama and @ A Kickin' Donkey,

    I agree. ANY President can be incredibly effective in implementing his policies when he disregards our checks and balances system and bypasses congress. I'm not saying this president is right or wrong in Libya or anywhere else. However, it seems hypocritical for the left to sing the praises of anyone acting unilaterally in a military action. I'm as conservative as anyone you'll meet, but for the most part, I support the president's actions in the Middle East.

    October 20, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |