GOP encourages quid pro quo; White House won't wait for Congress
November 5th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
11 years ago

GOP encourages quid pro quo; White House won't wait for Congress

Washington (CNN) – The Republican weekly address struck a bipartisan tone Saturday as Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown appealed to Democratic Senate leaders to consider passing a jobs bill in an apparent exercise of a little quid pro quo.

"Leader Reid has come to me a few times and asked me to consider bills on their merits, and I'm always willing to do so. And now I'm asking the same of my colleague, the majority leader," the Bay State junior senator said as this week's GOP speaker.

"Listen, I'm a still fairly new to the Senate, but I've been here long enough to have noticed something: One breakthrough has a way of leading to other breakthroughs. One show of good will has a way of spreading good will."

Brown encouraged the Senate majority leader to support a jobs bill Brown says he introduced in January that would "repeal the 3 percent withholding mandate" aimed at small businesses beginning in 2013.

"If this mandate is not repealed, then all levels of government will suddenly start withholding 3 percent of payments to contractors that provide any product or service to the government."

Brown urged Reid to vote for this "bipartisan opportunity," which "has the support of majorities in the House and the Senate, and also has been endorsed by the president."

"The decision pretty much rests with Majority Leader Harry Reid."

Vice President Joe Biden filled in for President Barack Obama this week, delivering the White House weekly address from the University of Pittsburgh. His message was less amicable.

When speaking of the White House jobs bill that died in the Senate, Biden attributed its failure to legislative maneuvering saying, "Although 51 senators voted for that jobs bill, our Republican colleagues in the Senate used a procedural requirement that requires it
to have 60 votes, so it failed."

Biden described the fate of the piecemeal strategy that was then used to pass the jobs bill, saying, "we've taken every important piece of the jobs bill and demanded that we have a separate vote."

"But our Republican colleagues in the Senate have voted unanimously to vote down each and every part so far."

The vice president explained Obama's decision to override these decisions.

"We can't wait for the Congress to start acting responsibly, and that's why the president has used his executive power to announce that hundreds of thousands of people will be able to refinance their homes from 6 percent interest rates to 4 percent, saving them an average of $2,000 a year."

Biden spoke of Obama's plans to reduce student loan costs for college graduates so that "no student will have to pay back more than 10 percent of their discretionary income toward their student debt" and spoke of cost-cutting "regulations regarding prescription drugs" as additional measures that will go into effect as a result of Obama's executive

"If the Republican Congress won't join us, we're going to continue to act on our own to make the changes that we can to bring relief to middle-class families and those aspiring to get in the middle class."

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Filed under: Jobs • President Obama • Republicans • Scott Brown
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. diridi

    This is what Administrative law does...good luck, Obama....I vote for you...

    November 5, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. george of the jungle

    Blah Blah Blah Go pose for another picture Scott. The white house has it right. Go for everything you can to help the economy and the American people. If congress won't act we will remember come next November. Our vets need jobs too.

    November 5, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Chipster

    Brown and his Republican colleagues keep offering to "compromise" by accepting a bill that gives them everything they want and nothing that the Democrats want. Brown needs to look in the dictionary under compromise and read it on the House floor. We've tried tax cuts for more than 10 years and the jobs have not been created until policies offered benefits only when jobs are created. Giving huge tax cuts while fighting 2 wars, creating an unfunded Medicare Part D program, pushing the cost of unfunded mandates to state and local taxpayers and bailing out Wall St. & the auto industry in 2008 created a hole in our economy that will take a long time to plug. This gridlock in Congress, because Republicans refuse to agree to anything that might possibly succeed, has got to end. If it doesn't, we are headed for more bad news.

    November 5, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    The Dems are so pathetic. They really think they can spend without end, and it won't matter.

    Just ask Greece, how that worked out.

    November 5, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. John

    GOP have given up on America. Their motto is let them eat cake. If they do not believe in Govt resign. GOP with the Wall street boys have destroyed America. They only care about themselves.

    November 5, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. A disgusted former Republican

    Scott proposes typical republican manure. The "greedy old pigs" need to stop their obstructionism and work to create jobs now!

    November 5, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Sorensen

    Scott Brown is totally compromised after his uneducated and vulgar behaviour with Elisabeth Warren.
    He obviously does not have much brains either.
    He is hopefully totally cooked by now, and Ms. Warren will be the next senator.

    November 5, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. thomas

    Mitt Romney / Scott Brown

    Corporations are People 2012 !
    Immunity for the Job Creators !

    November 5, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Just a thought

    This type of behavior is indicative of GOP guilt. The Turtle and the Pin-up Senator are pathetic excuses for human beings. Only a complete dunce couldn't recognize that today's GOP/Tea-Tards are the most unpatriotic party we have ever allowed leadership in our nation's government. That says it all....Party before country.

    November 5, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    @ Steve-Illinois.....

    I feel sort of the same way just the opposite. When the jobs bill went down tio defeat in the Senate with the help of Nelson and that other DINO from Montana, Eric Cantor claimed it failed with "bi-partisan vote". So I guess it goes BOTH ways now doesn't it? Of course if the GOP hadn't changed the filibuster rules to favor themselves a lot more of these bills would be passed.

    November 5, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. c.riley

    Our president Obama has made a true effort to work with Congress and whoever made the comment about McConnell is right.He made the comment all he wanted was for Obama to fail..This congress has destroyed our middle class with not voting for Obama's Job Bill. And they don't give a damn about the middle class or poor in America. There should be a time limit on the Congress and Senate holding a position just like the president,two terms onlythree at most. I say when a congressman signs a plege with the likes of Grover Norquist who works for the rich that congressman should lose his job right then.That is UnAmerican....

    November 5, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. AK_steve

    I totally support Obama making things happen through executive power. The GOP has proven time and time again they are not interested in helping the economy because it will help Obama.

    This Brown guy is full of it. The GOP's idea bipartisanship has been to drag things out for months and then back away at the last minute assuring that everything fails. GOP – don't trust them. They only pass legislation for the 1%.

    November 5, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. logic in LA

    How can he ask for cooperation when Republicans have voted down every single piece of legislation proposed by Democrat for three years? as you say- a little give goes a long way. Try it.
    And Thank you Biden, it's about time someone called out the Republicans for their tactics. This is not a group you can play nice with. It's time America heard how they operate up on The Hill

    November 5, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. one voice

    Election day is coming fast, time to whip out your truck Scott?

    November 5, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Debbie

    1) Why is Scott Brown doing McConnells job? Lowest on totem pole or drew the short straw? 2) Quid pro quo in this instance is not one exchange for another of equal value. This is more like blackmail, where the GOP is offering to pass laws in exchange for pass laws that would be harmful to Americans. It's the same type of deal the GOP offered to extend the Bush tax cuts or shut the US Government down. WHY does the GOP hate Obama so much that they are willing to blackmail a democratic republic in exchange for power? I was a Republican for 35 years but the party has morphed into something that is not a stronger smaller central government but participants in blackmail.

    November 5, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. fred ca

    Of course the 'chosen' s'n'f 'will not wait' for Congress. The dems can delay, he can blame the Republicans, and he will have met the demands of his handlers. Even better, he will not miss any tee times.

    November 5, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. gt

    brown keep trying...left wing nut jobs are hell bent to stop growth ..elizabeth warren the knife in the heart jobs..

    November 5, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. MassiveMarbles

    "Occupy Wall Street" should occupy John Boehner's place! He is the "perpetraitor" (yes, I meant to spell it that way!)

    November 5, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. MassiveMarbles

    howdy doody Boehner

    November 5, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Surely You Assume

    "Occupy Wall Street" should occupy John Boehner's place! He is the "perpetraitor" (yes, I meant to spell it that way!)

    November 5, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. MassiveMarbles

    John Boehner

    November 5, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. sgurdog

    Sorry Scotty, Reid won't bail you out of your election defeat by giving you a legislative victory...sound familiar?

    November 5, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. GOP Fan

    "Occupy Wall Street" should occupy John Boehner's place! He is the "perpetraitor" (yes, I meant to spell it that way!)

    November 5, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. Rosslaw

    The Republicans and their subset, the Tea Baggers, have reached the status of a national security threat. If the republicans could claim the same level of economic illiteracy as the Tea Party one might find some means of excusing their plan to tube the economy on the basis that they don't know any better, but they do. They want to return to the days of massive securities fraud, rivers catching on fire from unrestrained pollution, and losing wars where Americans die but their "friends" make bundles of money. I only have to remember all of the sad faces I saw on the self-proclaimed "real Americans" the morning after Obama had Bin Ladin killed-they looked like they had lost their best friend.

    November 5, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. ahetch

    Scott sees Elizabeth Warren nipping at his heels.

    November 5, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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