Senate Democrats Attach Veterans Hiring Initiative to 3% Withholding Bill

By: Monday November 7, 2011 12:14 pm

Democrats are planning to attach a veteran’s hiring preference, one of the original remaining pieces of the Obama Jobs Bill, to a House-passed bill that repeals a law requiring 3 percent withholding from federal contractors. These people aren’t serious.


House Passes the “Even Obama Supported” Non-Jobs Jobs Act

By: Thursday October 27, 2011 7:07 pm

How facilitating tax cheating counts as a jobs measure is beyond me, but whatever the case, the bill and its offset go to the Senate. A 3% withholding bill got 57 votes in the Senate last week, with a different offset that just reduces expenditures across the board. That was before the Administration came out in favor of the bills, however. So surely, something incorporating 3% withholding is likely to pass Congress.

White House Supports Republican Cherry-Pick of Obama’s Bad Ideas

By: Wednesday October 26, 2011 8:15 am

Yesterday, House Republicans cherry picked GOP-friendly elements from the President’s jobs bill, creating a bad bundle of repealing a 3% tax withholding rule for contractors with a reduction in Medicaid benefits for seniors. Predictably cynical and craven. But now the White House says it supports both measures, suggesting the GOP cherry picking and repackaging is okay. Huh?

Republicans Combine Two of Their Obama-Endorsed Ideas Into “Even Obama Supported” GOP Bill

By: Tuesday October 25, 2011 4:55 pm

The House GOP’s next trick. Their plan is to find the two worst parts of the President’s jobs bill and deficit plan, and combine them for a package that sounds almost comically silly, but that gives them the talking point that the President supported the component parts

Republicans Block State Fiscal Aid Bill, Jobs for Teachers and Public Safety Workers

By: Friday October 21, 2011 7:01 am

As expected, Senate Republicans blocked the state fiscal aid bill that would have put as much as 400,000 teachers and public safety officials back to work. All 47 Senate Republicans voted against cloture on the motion to proceed on the bill. In addition, three members of the Democratic caucus said no. We knew that Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson would be no votes, but Mark Pryor also decided that a 0.5% surtax on every dollar over $1,000,000 for Sam Walton and the Walton family wealthy Americans was too much to ask. This means that the final tally on the bill was 50-50. In a sane world where majority rules, Vice President Biden would have cast the tie-breaker and 400,000 teachers and fire fighters and cops would have jobs to look forward to. As it is, the Senate is an undemocratic institution, and states still suffering with depressed tax revenues will have to continue the rounds of layoffs that have been a lead weight on the economy.

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