October 12, 2011
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On Tuesday, the Senate held a vote on whether to bring forward President Obama’s jobs bill for discussion. Mind you, this was not a vote on the bill itself. Just a vote to bring it forward to debate, discuss, slice, and dice. The vote was 50 in favor, 49 against, with 60 votes needed to move forward. The President, of course, issued a statement blaming Senate Republicans for the lack of votes:
President Obama blasted Senate Republicans for blocking his jobs bill Tuesday night, saying the American people “won’t take ‘no’ for an answer.”
The president said in a statement that his administration will work with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to get votes on the individual components of the bill “as soon as possible.”
Yes, with the same Senator Reid who himself blocked a vote on the bill just last week.
But there are two things that the President so conveniently forgot to mention. First, in the 50-49 vote there were actually two Democrat senators that voted along with the Republicans. But the second thing he omitted is far more important–some of the Dems who voted in favor of bringing the bill to the floor for discussion would not vote for the bill itself:
The only Democrats to vote against the measure were Sens. Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Jon Tester (Mont.), but a number of other centrists in the party indicated they would vote against the package even though they supported launching a debate on the measure.
Let’s see how long before the President admits that his own party is as much to blame and takes them to task for it.