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No Action on The American Jobs Act This Month

September 19, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

Yet another sign that Congress isn’t taking the jobs crisis seriously, this time from the Senate Democratic Whip, Dick Durbin [D, IL], on CNN:

CROWLEY: When is his jobs bill getting on the Senate floor?

DURBIN: It will start the debate this week. Now there are going to be a lot of variations and ideas…

CROWLEY: But the bill won’t be on the floor to vote on this week. I mean, you guys can debate anything at any point. When is the bill going to get on the floor?

DURBIN: The bill is on the calendar. Majority leader Reid moved it to the calendar. It is ready and poised. There are a couple other items we may get into this week not on the bill and some related issues that may create jobs. But we’re going to move forward on the president’s bill. There will be a healthy debate. I hope the Republicans will come to…

CROWLEY: After the recess so next month? Or when will it actually begin to act on?

DURBIN: I think that’s more realistic it would be next month.

CROWLEY: Next month. OK.

As time passes, more and more Democrats are coming out against Obama’s jobs plan — the American Jobs Act of 2011. The count of Democratic “noes” in the Senate now stands at six, and some of the most conservative Democrats, like Sen. Ben Nelson [D, NE] and Sen. Jon Tester [D, MT], have yet to weigh in. The bill has not gained a single co-sponsor since it was introduced a week ago by Majority Leader Harry Reid [D, NV].

So, not much good news from Congress for the approximately 24 million unemployed and underemployed workers who are currently competing for about 2 million available jobs. Even Obama’s not really fighting for his own jobs bill at this point. He’s out on a “Jobs Act” tour, but as Jim Geraghty at the National Review notes, he’s spending more time in 2012 toss-up states than he is in states represented by senators whose votes would need to be switched for the jobs bill to get passed.

Meanwhile, OpenCongress users, who tend to lean libertarian/conservative, seem to like it. So far 60% of the OpenCongress community that has logged a vote on the bill have voted in favor. The top bills also supported by OpenCongress users who have voted in favor of Obama’s jobs bill are H.R.2306, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, H.R.204, the Congressional Pay Cut Act, and S.940, the Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act.

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