When Repubs do it? “They’re Bad!” When Dems do it? *crickets*
October 21, 2011
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As it has been stated before, the President is taking every possible opportunity to tell the public that Republicans are preventing Americans from getting jobs by not passing his jobs bill. This, despite the fact that his own party members blocked the bill last week, and despite calls from Republicans to negotiate a more bipartisan approach.
This week we have more of the same. Democrats have decided to attempt to pass the bill piecemeal in the Senate. As expected, the Dems first attempt to pass a bill for teachers and first responders failed. Republicans all voted against the bill, which would be paid for via a 0.5% surtax on millionaires. There were also two Democrats and Independent Joe Liebermann who voted no.
As expected, the President released a statement condemning the vote and saying its “unacceptable” that Senate Republicans “have chosen to obstruct a bill that would create jobs and get our economy going again.”
However, Republicans brought to the floor a bill that would eliminate a 3 percent withholding tax on federal contractors. Ironically, the idea came from Obama‘s own plan. Ten Democrats voted for the bill along with the Republicans, but it was still three votes short. So here we had a jobs bill, defeated through the efforts of Senate Dems who voted against the bill.
And just like when Dem Senator Harry Reid blocked a vote on the bill, there was no statement from the President. No condemnation for not passing the bill. Nothing but…crickets.
President Obama has not shied away from giving his own party a tongue lashing in the past. But now? Nothing.
It must be election season.