Congress sits idle while economy falters
October 6th, 2011
08:19 AM ET
10 years ago

Congress sits idle while economy falters

New York (CNNMoney) - You have to pass this bill, and you have to pass it now.

That was President Obama's message to Congress on Sept. 8 when he unveiled an economic stimulus package called the American Jobs Act.


Filed under: Congress • Economy • Jobs
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  1. Rick McDaniel

    Be is the Senate, controlled by Harry Reid, that sits idle.

    October 6, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. Anthony

    Not only is Congress not passing Obama's job bill, it is also not passing any job bill from Republicans. The reason is, of course, that Republicans don't have a job bill. As Herman Cain said, if you don't have a job, blame yourself. It is your own fault.

    October 6, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. PA_outofwork

    It’s not Congress that has a problem, so Obama will hold another news conference, make another speech about the American JOKE Act, his plan, if passed, would add one and half trillion dollars in new taxs on the American people.

    October 6, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. Terry, VA

    Maybe Obummie should call Reid and tell him to bring the jobs bill to a vote. McConnell has pushed for a vote but Reid won't bring it for a vote because he knows his own dumbocraps will vote against it. Meanwhile, Obummie continues his class warfare stragety by sending his union thugs to march on Wall Street. Herman Cain put it best. If you don't have a job and aren't rich don't blame others; blame yourself. This is America. Hard work gets you ahead. Sorry Obummie freeloaders, truth hurts doesn't it?

    October 6, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  5. New Age Independent

    And while Obama calls for action on this bill, the Democrats have done nothing. In fact Reid opposed a vote on the issue, playing it off as a stunt. Perhaps he meant the creation of the bill was a political stunt, on that I would have to agree.

    October 6, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  6. aj

    You are outta there in 2012, Congress.

    October 6, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    The majority of economists, both conservative and liberal, estimate the Presidents bill would create millions of jobs, stimulating spending and demand for goods and services. Estimates average around 2.1 million jobs would be created.

    That should be enough to offset the millions of jobs Republicans are killing through their draconian spending cuts. I question what their goal is through that policy. Everyone knows that draconian cuts do not create jobs. It destroys them.

    October 6, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. MTATL

    I have written Sen. McConnell, Rep. Boehner and Rep. Cantor and my Sen. Chambliss offices and asked them what piece of significant economic legislation they have passed or proposed. I have asked their offices what areas do they agree with the President that could be put into a bill. The only one that responded was my Senator. All he said is that they are discussing the issue. There is not one single proposal or bill submitted by the GOP Congressional leadership that was not so partisan that it would not pass. The Republican leadership can try and blame President Obama by saying "He didn't do that." "Well he did that". There comes a time when they have to start saying what it is they have done to improve the country. The blame game is over gentlemen. Step up to the plate and tell us exactly and in detail what ideas or plans you have to move our economy forward and that you are going to work with not against (as we have seen “No to Everything” does not work) the President. If you do not have any ideas or plans then it is time for you to step aside.

    October 6, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. Ken in MD

    So the Republicans complained that the President hadn't put forward a jobs bill, then when he does they refuse to even hold a vote on it. Typical. They're going to hold this country hostage until the elections next year. Any economic improvements might spell re-election for Obama, and the Repubs will do anything in their power to keep that from happening. Mitch McConnell even said so.

    October 6, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. hongli

    This is what the Repulicans are bent on doing-- running the country into the "GUTTERS". Whenever I look at the Bunch of Republicans running for the nomination I feel like I've just awaken out of a bad dream .They all look and speak like if they are filled with filt.

    October 6, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. Marie MD

    If going against a bill that has a lot of their own ideas doesn't work for these republikans what is it going to take to send them packing in 2012?
    Of course, unlike the rest of us they have a nice pension and free healthcare for life so maybe they still won't get what so many are going through thanks to them.

    October 6, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. Squigman

    And lets be honest. Which party controls congress? Let's see, would that be the republican party? Again, the electorate has been fooled into voting for the party that (does not) have their interest at heart.

    October 6, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  13. pjoe

    "You have to pass it now" Obama says.

    And yet Harry Reid won't allow an immediate vote on it? What gives?

    October 6, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. walter

    People ask why the Senate has not voted on this bill yet bc the house will say NO NO ! anyways!

    October 6, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. gt

    roads .. briidges..water plants ..yes... money for schools is the area peoples job... stop the teacher union butt kissing

    October 6, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. WiredweirdinSF

    Excuse me? I believe Mitch McConnell tried to bring the inept, incompetent, corrupt union toady's presidents latest "stimulus" bill to a vote in the Senate and old dirty, dingy, corrupt Harry Reid would not let it come up. He must know it is a political hoax.

    October 6, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. texan

    Congress is literally "fiddling while we all burn". I`ll bet if their $$ spiggot was turned off, things would quickly happen.--- Next year, the whole lot of them need to be looking for work, especially the Party of NO.

    October 6, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. GI Joe

    They've sat idle since the 2010 elections. Oh wait - they did name a Post Office.

    Least productive House in the history of the United States of America. EVER!!

    October 6, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    from the article:
    Republicans disagree. They want less government regulation, lower taxes and reduced government spending.
    That is exactly what the George W. Bush administration did from 2001 to 2007. That was a boom time for Wall Street, but a giant bust for the middle class. We saw manufacturing jobs drop from 19 million to 11 million during that period.

    So you ask, if that was the case than why was unemployment so low? First, it was the Bush administration publishing the figures, and tax loopholes made it legal for companies to count foreign factory jobs as part of their hiring figures because they were able declare many of those workers on their US taxes. They got credits.

    October 6, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. Stop the Charade

    Incumbants of all parties better be ready for a big shock in 2012. It would be a good idea to start stockpiling boxes now for the great migration out of Washington and into this rosy job market.

    October 6, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Hello GOP anyone home?

    October 6, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Passing this steaming pile of dung he calls a jobs bill is the WORSE thing we could do for the economy. Nothing but more temporary union job bailouts. Nothing but more of the same failed policies. If Obama REALLY wants to help the economy, his resignation would be the best thing he could do.

    October 6, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. Four and The Door

    The House is exactly correct to not pass this poorly crafted spending bill. We do not need another ineffective $450 billion of debt piled on top of the $5 trillion increase we have already seen during the Obama Administration. Obama proved early and without question that he does not manage our tax dollars responsibly. His contention that just onother $450 billion will put so many people back to work is insulting to the American taxpayer ( and I don't care who that is ) based on the results of what he did with twice that amount just 2 years ago.

    October 6, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. Sniffit

    "Congress sits idle while economy falters"

    More false equivalencies? Just can't help yourselves, eh CNN? The facts don't support your BS headline:

    Dem Senators are trying to find enough common ground to push the proposal in a slightly amended form. GOP senators are absolutely refusing to even consider it.

    Dem House members are pushing for a vote and for the bill to be brought to the floor. House GOPers are refusing to even let it be debated on the floor, let alone have a vote on it.

    This isn't "Congress sits idle"...this is THE GOP STALLS ALL PROGRESS ON PURPOSE. They won't even vote on it because they know it is full of effective stimulus measures, as testified to by Elmendorf and as expressed as consensus opinion among experts, and yet they will vote it down...they don't want to be on record as preventing recovery efforts...rather, they want to prevent there from being any record of any recovery efforts in the first place.

    October 6, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    That entire bill is so bad, it has to be totally re-written to have any chance of passing.

    Worse, the stipulation that any unemployed person, denied a job, given to an employed person, can sue over it, will prevent ANYONE from hiring. You cannot mandate such practices to employers. They will simply sit idle on the sidelines.

    Harry Reid is trying to find compromise that will appease the members of his own party, who also would not vote for Obama's plan, and that will likely be unacceptable to Republicans, so nothing is going to get through until real compromise takes place..........because in the end.......anything that gets done will amount to more stimulus spending and waste, which will accomplish very little in the long run.

    Until government recognizes they HAVE to reverse the off shore trend, and they take tough action, to make that happen, jobs in America are gone, and will STAY gone! It will take tough action, business won't like it, and yet, there is NO OTHER workable solution. None.

    Until the loss of jobs is reversed, the economy will NOT grow. That is NOT going to happen with tax cuts, nor with stimulus. Period. It is time for common sense to come into play, and not global economics, which simply would put the US into a spiraling decline.

    October 6, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |