November 17th, 2009
04:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Hoyer: Dems plan vote on jobs bill before Christmas

Washington (CNN) - A top House Democrat told reporters Tuesday that congressional Democrats are moving ahead with plans to vote before the Christmas holidays on legislation intended to create more jobs.

"Clearly 10.2 percent unemployment is unacceptable and is causing great pain to literally millions of people around the country." House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said.

Hoyer said Democratic leaders are still deciding what components to include in the new jobs bill, but pledged they were on track to pass legislation before Congress breaks for the year. Several measures are under discussion, including additional unemployment assistance, extension of temporary health care coverage for those out of work, assistance for cash-strapped states, and tax credits for employers who hire new workers. Hoyer also indicated another federal infusion of money to build roads and bridges - a major component of the stimulus bill enacted in February - is likely to be a major focus.

But Hoyer insisted that the bill was not a so-called "second stimulus," because it would be more targeted than the $787 billion federal spending measure that is still being distributed for a wide range of projects around the country.

The Maryland Democrat refused to specify how much money would be needed or how long a period the legislation would cover. "It's clear that we need to act in a way that does get to the creation of job opportunities for people in the short term," he said.

House Republican Whip Rep Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, said he welcomed the news that Democrats wanted to pass a jobs bill.

But Cantor, who led the unanimous House GOP vote against President Barack Obama's stimulus package in February, questioned how serious Democrats are now about moving a bill targeted at job growth.

"We say it's about time. I say, you gotta be kidding me. They have for months now been about more spending, leaving a wake of deficits in their trail, and now they want to focus on what's important," Cantor said.

Cantor said he hoped Speaker Nancy Pelosi would include some of the GOP proposals, which focus primarily on business tax breaks aimed at reinvigorating the sluggish economy.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Sorry, did I miss something? Wasn't that montrous stimulus bill supposed to do this? What's up with that? Can you say FAILURE? I knew you could.

    November 17, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I am very happy to see that the Democrats have decided to get on with the business of pulling our nation together after a near Depression, and they have opted to do so without GOP participation. Let the voters see for themselves who's working on their behalf and looking out for their interests in these most difficult economic times, and who's doing everything possible to block any type of progress even if it means the demise of the country and it's populace.

    November 17, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Albo58

    Wait a second, wasn't the outrageous Stimulus/Tarp bills suppose to help crank up our economy? Oh that's right, these bills were a complete collection of political paybacks that accomplished bumpkus for the American public! And now these thieves want us to shell out more money (that we don't have) for the purpose of contributing to a solid plan (that we don't have) to reduce our unemployment? This Congress/President sitting in a tree full of monkeys and these "leaders" would never rise to the position of branch manager!

    November 17, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. DJ

    You cannot be serious! After reporting created/saved jobs in non-existent congressional districts as a measure of success on!?

    What a sham! A better strategy would be to stop changing so much-so fast, businesses trying to finish profit plans for 2010 are taking very conservative positions – translation, no new hiring and investment! Thus no jobs.

    These acedemic cretins in the WH need to wise up, or resign in shame!

    November 17, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. unbelievable

    We are going to pay more tax. The debt for the U.S will be out of control. Is this another stimulus plan? Can we trust this administration? God bless America.

    November 17, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. shmeckel

    Did I read that correctly? Washington will be working on current problems, it can’t be. You have to wonder will it be a real attempt at creating jobs or just expanding government.

    November 17, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. snood

    its about time they start to look at jobs and stop the stupidy with the bailout healthcare (which has nothing tondo with care costs and proscriptions just ins. so great job, not) but heck it took the pres 2 months to get a dog cant work to fast I might miss something.

    November 17, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |