Last night the Senate voted on whether or not to bring the American Jobs Act to the floor and begin debate on it, a necessary step to move the bill ahead. Republicans filibustered, requiring 60 votes to pass, to prevent a majority vote. Democrats had a majority, but the debate failed, because Republicans goose stepped in lock step against it, joined by two despicable DINOs.
President Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan foundered in the Senate Tuesday night, as a unified Republican caucus and a pair of Democrats joined to deny the proposal the 60 votes necessary to allow it to proceed to full consideration.
Obama will now use Republican opposition as part of a campaign to paint the GOP as obstructionists blocking his efforts to improve the economy while offering no alternative to create jobs.
Although a number of Democrats who will face tough reelection efforts next year had wavered in support, only two voted not to allow the measure to advance, a symbolic victory for Obama and Senate Democratic leaders, who knew that strong Democratic opposition would be an embarrassment for the White House.
“The president’s plan contains many ideas Republicans have consistently supported over the years, especially when their party controlled Congress, the White House or both,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) “Republicans oppose those ideas now. . . . I guess Republicans think if the economy improves, it might help President Obama.”
Senior White House officials said the vote was the first step to spur action on job creation. Next, they said, Obama will work with Senate leaders to break the jobs bill down into its parts — which polls show are very popular with voters — and challenge Republicans to reject each individually… [emphasis added]
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The two Democrats who goose stepped with the Republicans are Ben Nelson (DINO-NE) and Jon Tester (DINO-MT). They should be stripped of their committee roles, challenged in the primary, and denied party support when they next face reelection. The voters of Nebraska and Montana deserve an opportunity to choose a real Democrat.
Rachel Maddow discusses the jobs issue and the vote with reporter John Slanton.
Stanton was incorrect about Webb. It was Tester, and Rachel aired a correction later in the show.
Lawrence O’Donnell explains how the vote shows the difference between the parties with Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
They are right. There is a difference between the parties. Republicans represent millionaires. They do NOT represent YOU!