Obama jobs bill still waits for action in the Senate
September 20th, 2011
08:48 PM ET
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Obama jobs bill still waits for action in the Senate

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats still have not decided when to take up the jobs bill President Barack Obama announced with great fanfare to a joint session of Congress almost two weeks ago. In addition, they are still working to determine if they will vote on the bill in its entirety or augment it with additional job growth ideas of their own.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid appeared testy at a news conference Tuesday when asked about the schedule for the bill and whether all Democrats would support it.

"Listen, we're not going to get into a lot of hypotheticals here," he said. "The floor is pretty well jammed now. The president's around the country making a case for his jobs bill. The Democratic caucus feels comfortable with his jobs bill. We're very happy with the speech he gave yesterday talking about deficit reduction."

Then Reid acknowledged some Democrats oppose aspects of the proposal.

"Does that mean we agree with every word of it? Of course not. None of us agree with every part of it," he said.

Reid was standing with Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, who opposes the president's proposal to rescind tax breaks for oil and gas companies to help pay for the jobs program. When a reporter asked her if she would support the president's plan, she didn't respond initially and eventually slipped out of the news conference while Reid continued to speak.

Senate Democratic leaders have said for days they could not take up the president's proposal until they resolved ongoing legislative battles with Republicans over funding for highway construction, the FAA, FEMA and a bill to keep the government operating into the new fiscal year, which begins October 1. However, they also admitted they needed to sort out the best legislative path forward for the controversial bill they know will get little traction in the GOP-controlled House.

"We had a good discussion this morning as to whether we're gong to take the whole thing or not," Reid said. "As far as I'm concerned, I introduced it. I feel comfortable with it. But we'll have to work this through the caucus."

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Pass the bill! I have had enough of the republican destruction of America

    September 20, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Then Reid acknowledged some Democrats oppose aspects of the proposal.

    "Does that mean we agree with every word of it? Of course not. None of us agree with every part of it," he said.◄

    Democrats get me SICK!!!! If this was a Republican president and the Republicans had control of the Senate, they will ALL SIGN IT!!! All of them!!! The same in the HOUSE!!

    Democrats don't know how to STICK TOGETHER!!! STOP breaking at the SEAMS!!! Get the doggone bill SIGNED and MOVE ON!!! Learn how to "chew gum" and walk at the same time, Jeez!!!

    September 20, 2011 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Republican strategy as proudly explained by a Republican staffer:

    "Should Republicans succeed in obstructing the Senate from doing its job, it would further lower Congress's generic favorability rating among the American people. By sabotaging the reputation of an institution of government, the party that is programmatically against government would come out the relative winner."

    President Obama needs to accept this fact and act accordingly: Pass the Jobs Act through reconciliation or executive order.


    September 20, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Stop the republican war against everyone but the wealthy, pass the bill.

    September 20, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  5. Lenmsith

    Leader Reid, bring the bill up and NOW.

    September 20, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. Lenmsith

    It is high time the Democrats get with the program and vote for the jobs bill. To hell with their jobs, concern themselves with the United States of America, and do it NOW.

    September 20, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  7. Steve-Illinois

    Harry Reid, the biggest joke going! He doesn't have the votes in a Democrat controlled Senate! Th plan will prove to be a loser just like stimulus1. Now the Dems are more concerned about their own re-elections than they are about Obama! This will be an entertaining year watching the Dems eat their young!!

    September 20, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  8. Larry L

    Many Americans wish they could keep the President and get rid of the Congress – especially the Senate. The Republicans in the Senate simply filibuster every initiative (while accepting their paychecks) and the Democrats sit and play with theit flacid appendages and wish everybody would be "nicer".

    September 20, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. terry,va

    You know Obummie's plan must stink if Dirty Harry won't take it up. Obummie is such a joke. Not even the court jester Reid will play. What fools !!!

    September 20, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Even Congress knows a bad plan when they see it.

    September 20, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Get it done. It seems that the GOP comes out with their same old same old after the Democrats (be it senators or the president or members of the House) come out with something. I think that this is more likely to do something than cutting taxes and regulations. It is surprising that the GOP wants to cut funding for those aspects that protect people (food safety comes to mind as just one thing) and plan for the future (money for basic research that leads to innovations).

    September 20, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  12. independent

    Let's go Harry. Time to put everyone on record, for or against jobs for America.

    September 20, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  13. FIELD1stSGT

    The will be stupid enough to support it. Go ahead and bankrupt us with no job growth. This is your last insult Obama.

    September 20, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  14. Master11

    Its not up to President Obama to fix all that has been wrong with this world, this world has been screwed up for a very long time and I dont hear anyone complaining about all the greed and scams that the Reagan administration started. the Bush administration had their hands in, dirty hands up to their elbows and you are looking and expecting President Obama to fix all of that mess, mess that began way before he was even old enough to vote. You need a scape goat and you have set your sights on a black man that was voted into office by people who are tired of the bologna and the lies and the stealing that has been going in politics for too long. How in the world do you expect a man that has been in office 3 years to fix all of the mess that was done in the dark for a very long time, Obama didnt start the war in Iraq, Afghanistan, or even Iran, Obama didnt allow our school system to blow up in our faces and cause the economy to fall, Obama didnt take away the jobs that we all lost, Obama did not allow these greedy doctors to keep on getting richer and profiting off of the unhealthy. Obama did not steal people's retirement money and not pay it back, Obama cannot fix all the problems that were created and you dont care if he does you just want someone to blame well what you need to do is look in the mirror, how about that.and as far as dont ask dont tell, its not Obam's place to judge what ever is going on in Sodom and Gomorah-God will be the judge that too

    September 21, 2011 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  15. ingrid

    As Robert Reich pointed out recently, it seems increasingly clear that the only thing the GOP wants to do is to delay economic recovery until they can get Obama out of office. They do not care about helping America as they only care about is their ideology/party.

    September 21, 2011 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  16. Frank138

    Imagine that! Resistance from DEMOCRATS to the Obama "Jobs Bill"? Maybe that's because it is not a "Jobs Bill" at all, but a pure Obama re-election ploy.

    September 21, 2011 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  17. CA Dream USA

    Stay on message Mr. President...Jobs...Jobs...Jobs....Jobs...Jobs....

    September 21, 2011 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  18. J.V.hodgson

    My god, the NO republicans have NO idea only NO TAXES and certainly not a " written" legislative proposal that creates Jobs and passes the CBO analysis of paid for and creating Jobs as per Obama AJA.
    He puts up debt reduction plans as well, and already even before he said it DOA if its taxes!! OK says Obama just medicare and medicaid or social securtiy cuts only with no tax increases I veto any such bill.
    Now thats stalemate and means the trigger cuts only kick in and those do nothing for economic recovery only some modest not enough debt reduction to avoid a a further debt downgrade.
    Unless and Until the Republicans put a plan on the table in writing in legislative language ("written") that the CBO verifies creates jobs and is paid for as insisted upon by Republicans repeatedly. Then the current winner of this debate is the democrats electorally in 2012.
    Landrieu, Louisiana democrat if you wanna be re-elected ,get real; taking tax breaks away from Big oil does not damage your re-election prospects it helps them.

    September 21, 2011 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  19. Sebastian

    This Landreiu lady is a career politician. Her father, her brother were / are all politicians. It`s the family business just like the Bush Family.

    What, other than influence peddling advice and experience, do generations of politicians pass on? The don`t serve the nation`s interest. Big Oil & Gas, your free ride is OVER.

    September 21, 2011 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  20. Tim M.

    I guess it's not just the Republicans that are opposed to this bill. But that won't matter to the supporters of this President. If a Democrat is opposed to something this President does, they have a good reason. If a Republican is opposed to the same thing (with the same issue), then they are Racist. Go Figure.

    September 21, 2011 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  21. Candy Taylor

    Good Lord! Can congress get anything done? We the people, remember us, the ones who you are supposed to work for? We want you to get off your duffs and DO SOMETHING!!!!!

    September 21, 2011 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  22. russinmaine

    One would simply imagine it is lost in the two foot high pile of GOP bills that have been sitting on Harry Reids desk being ignored for months now. Makes one wonder exactly what it is that we the people pay Harry to do? He and Pelosi have all but dissappeared from the public eye, are they perhaps having a little tryst together? Nah, thats an image to intense to conjure up!!

    September 21, 2011 07:36 am at 7:36 am |