Obama's jobs bill fails Senate vote.

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Haha. The $450 billion stimulus bill, I mean "American Jobs Act" failed in the Democrat controlled Senate tonight. "Damn those pesky Republicans", says Obama.

Obama's Jobs Bill Fails to Advance in Senate Despite White House Push
Published October 11, 2011
| FoxNews.com

President Obama's $447 billion jobs bill failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the Democratic-controlled Senate Tuesday night despite a White House push that accelerated in the 11th hour.
The bill received a simply majority of 51 votes but fell short of the necessary 60 to end debate. Sens. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Jon Tester of Montana were the only Democrats to vote against the bill. Both of them are facing tough re-election campaigns next year.
Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., had said earlier that although he intended to vote in favor of ending the Republican filibuster, he did not intend to support the bill if it reached a final vote.
Now that it has failed, both the House and Senate are expected to turn this week to approving U.S. trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, one of the few areas of agreement between Republicans and the administration on boosting the economy. And Senate Democrats are looking at ways of breaking the jobs bill into pieces that would be easier to pass.
Obama declared earlier Tuesday that the U.S. Senate faced a “moment of truth” when it voted on the bill, calling it "gut check time." He later issued a statement accusing Republicans of obstruction.
"Tonight's vote is by no means the end of this fight," Obama said. "We will now work with Senator Reid to make sure that the individual proposals in this jobs bill get a vote as soon as possible."
The White House Office of Management and Budget had said before Tuesday's vote that bill would help put Americans back to work without adding a dime to the deficit. And the White House sent a letter from 16 Democratic governors urging congressional leaders to pass the bill.
The White House also began highlighting on its website Tuesday the stories of people who will be affected if Congress doesn't pass the jobs bill, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
But at the same time, acknowledging reality, Obama said he was prepared to break it into pieces and try to pass job-creation legislation that way.
The plan combines payroll tax cuts for workers and businesses with $175 billion in spending on roads, school repairs and other infrastructure, as well as unemployment assistance and help to local governments to avoid layoffs of teachers, firefighters and police.
Republicans dismissed the president’s proposal as a stimulus plan like the one two years ago that they argue failed to turn the economy around.
"The legislation we’ll be voting on today is many things, but it’s not a jobs bill," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, said Tuesday. "And Republicans will gladly vote against any legislation that makes it harder to create jobs right now."
Supporters of the package disagree and suggest there will be a political price to pay for those who oppose it.
“If the voters think this is unfair for the minority party to just say we’re not going to support this president, no matter what he comes up with, if they believe that’s unfair, then they’ll make those feelings known to those members of Congress,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill, the No.2 Democrat in the Senate.
The key elements of the jobs package reprise parts of Obama's $800 billion-plus 2009 stimulus measure and a Social Security payroll tax cut enacted last year. Unlike the deficit-financed stimulus bill, the jobs measure would be paid for by a 5.6 percent surcharge on income exceeding $1 million, expected to raise more than $450 billion over a decade.
In making the case for the bill, the White House cites economists such as Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics, who predicts that the measure would add 2 percentage points of growth to the economy and add 1.9 million jobs. But Republicans point to optimistic predictions about the 2009 measure that did not come to pass; unemployment hovers just above 9 percent nationwide.
The president has been struggling in opinion polls, and passage of the measure has always been a long shot, given that Republicans control the House and can use delaying tactics in the Senate.
Obama also said that he was instructing his staff to move forward on job-creating initiatives without congressional approval where possible. The White House announced steps to speed environmental and other regulatory approvals for 14 public works projects across the country.
"We're not going to wait for Congress," Obama said.
While Republicans backed the payroll tax cut for individuals last year and support elements such as continued tax breaks for investments in business equipment, they're adamantly opposed to further spending and say the tax surcharge would strike at small businesses.
Fox News' Trish Turner, Mike Emanuel and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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He can't even get all of the Democrats to vote for this piece of shit, but it's all the Republicans' fault that it didn't pass. That sounds familiar...
 

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He got exactly what he wanted. Just watch all of his zombies come out of the woodwork blaming Republicans for the failure.
 
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This is political theatre for the sheeple - the first of a long back and forth drama not unlike HusseinCare, Debtmageddon, and last year's extension of the Bush tax cuts. All those had a deadline of some sort. Look for this to be resolved in a shitty compromise by the Christmas/New Year's recess that does nothing to reduce unemployment or the deficit. Anything that is said between now and then is meaningless.
 

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Hey it was a bi-partisan vote! That's what everyone wants right? :icon_cool

No wait, when they say "bi-partisan" what they really mean is "abandon all your morals and vote for all of my shit". A bi-partisan vote against something is called "gridlock" or "obstructionism".
 

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He got exactly what he wanted. Just watch all of his zombies come out of the woodwork blaming Republicans for the failure.

"Do Nothing Congress"


Little Barry thinks he is Harry Truman
 

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Perhaps Obama is adopting Herman Cain's attitude towards unemployment and blaming all of the jobless for being unmotivated failures.
 

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Perhaps Obama is adopting Herman Cain's attitude towards unemployment and blaming all of the jobless for being unmotivated failures.
Makes more sense than blaming past administrations.

BTW I personally know about 20 unemployed people right now, and 18 of them are unmotivated failures.
 

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Makes more sense than blaming past administrations.

BTW I personally know about 20 unemployed people right now, and 18 of them are unmotivated failures.
My little brother is a highschool dropout. He lucked into a decent job for a while then got laid off. He lives in PA where unemployment payment rates are really high. He makes more on unemployment than he would normally be able to do at a job with his skills/education level. So, like a responsible adult, he collects unemployment and sell weed (allegedly).
 

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My little brother is a highschool dropout. He lucked into a decent job for a while then got laid off. He lives in PA where unemployment payment rates are really high. He makes more on unemployment than he would normally be able to do at a job with his skills/education level. So, like a responsible adult, he collects unemployment and sell weed (allegedly).
That shit is extremely common here. There are guys running around with $60k trucks collecting unemployment, welfare, food stamps, whatever, simply because the $100,000 they make in selling weed is off the books. They even get the low-income discount on their electricity bills for their grow houses.
 

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That shit is extremely common here. There are guys running around with $60k trucks collecting unemployment, welfare, food stamps, whatever, simply because the $100,000 they make in selling weed is off the books. They even get the low-income discount on their electricity bills for their grow houses.
If I had the nerve to get involved in nefarious dealings like that and knew I'd earn that much money in a year, I'd do the exact same thing.
 

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Hey it was a bi-partisan vote! That's what everyone wants right? :icon_cool
How do you think getting only 2 Democrats to vote against it makes it "bipartisan?" The Stimulus bill had more Republicans that voted for it.

This'll get chopped up and the 90% of the stuff that was in there that Republicans would have voted for with an R in the White House will get passed. This way that can't be labeled as obstructionist and also can't be labeled as actually "supporting" a big signature Obama proposal.
 

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Isn't it all a sham anyway. Aren't tax increases prohibited from originating in the Senate? I thought the Congress controls the purse strings, as they say.
 

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How do you think getting only 2 Democrats to vote against it makes it "bipartisan?" The Stimulus bill had more Republicans that voted for it.
Umm, because ALL of the Republicans voted against it as well as 2 Democrats. That is bi-partisan support for scrapping the bill. I am not disputing the fact that the stimulus bill passed with bi-partisan support. If only one party votes FOR and both vote AGAINST, it's still bi-partisan, it just didn't work out in the President's favor.
 

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How do you think getting only 2 Democrats to vote against it makes it "bipartisan?" The Stimulus bill had more Republicans that voted for it.
Umm, because ALL of the Republicans voted against it as well as 2 Democrats. That is bi-partisan support for scrapping the bill. I am not disputing the fact that the stimulus bill passed with bi-partisan support. If only one party votes FOR and both vote AGAINST, it's still bi-partisan, it just didn't work out in the President's favor.
Partycock forgot the :icon_cool again. He knows damn well what 'bi-partisan' means these days.
 

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Partycock forgot the :icon_cool again. He knows damn well what 'bi-partisan' means these days.
Like I said earlier:
No wait, when they say "bi-partisan" what they really mean is "abandon all your morals and vote for all of my shit". A bi-partisan vote against something is called "gridlock" or "obstructionism".
 

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The dems that were against it were the ones up fore re-election in conservative districts. Harry was able to strong arm some of them, but not all. Way to vote your conscience, dems. More political expediency, trying to keep obama from being embarrassed by his own party.
 

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Once again I'm proven right. Keep blaming Republicans. It just shows how ignorant you really are.
 

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Isn't it all a sham anyway. Aren't tax increases prohibited from originating in the Senate? I thought the Congress controls the purse strings, as they say.

yea but all they have to do is introduce it in the House, dosen't have to come to a vote before the Senate can vote on it
 

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Umm, because ALL of the Republicans voted against it as well as 2 Democrats. That is bi-partisan support for scrapping the bill. I am not disputing the fact that the stimulus bill passed with bi-partisan support. If only one party votes FOR and both vote AGAINST, it's still bi-partisan, it just didn't work out in the President's favor.
I've haven't heard a lot of Republicans admit the Stimulus was passed with bipartisan support.