A Bipartisan Senate Spoils Obama's Election "Blame Republicans" Game Plan

Incredibly  --  for 19 months leading up to next year's presidential election  --  Barack Obama has been and will be in campaign mode ever since April when he announced that he would run for re-election.  Obama gave up on governing since he rammed through his socialist ObamaCare plan  --  detested by the American people as evidenced by the fact that 2/3 of the voters in Ohio on Tuesday voted against ObamaCare's main provision (the mandate to force Americans to buy healthcare insurance)  --  and ever since the American people gave control of the United States House of Representatives to Republicans by a wide majority last year.

Since then, Obama's game plan has been to try to ram through Congress another "stimulus" bill costing 1/2 trillion dollars  --  filled with pork projects for his political donors and supporters  --  similar to his failed trillion dollar "stimulus" bill which he successfully rammed through a Democrat-controlled Congress during his first year in office.

However, the Republicans in the House of Representatives have refused to cooperate with Obama's game plan of ramming through Congress ever-more big government programs.  During his first 3 years in office, Obama has already increased the national debt by over $4 trillion dollars.  Americans now owe to China, etc. some $15 trillion. 

House Republicans have taken the high road and have passed close to 20 bipartisan jobs bills which the Democrat-controlled Senate has refused to even vote on during the past few months. 

Some say that the 20 plus Democrat Senators up for reelection next year pressured their partisan leader, Harry Reid, to cooperate, just once, with Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's Republicans to pass a bill, and maybe two, supported by most Senators.  And that is what will happen this week. 

This is what Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky had to say about this today:

“As I’ve been saying for weeks now, we’ve got two choices: we can either acknowledge the fact that we live in a two-party system, and work together on legislation both parties can embrace. Or we can spend our time, as Democrats have for the past two months, putting together legislation that’s designed to fail.

“House Republicans have chosen the former approach. Since taking over the Majority earlier this year, they’ve searched for common ground when it comes to jobs legislation, and they’ve found it, passing more than 20 bills aimed at spurring the economy and creating jobs that have attracted strong bipartisan support. Meanwhile, the Democrat majority here in the Senate has opted for the latter approach. Taking their cues from the political team down at the White House, Senate Democrats have spent most of their time trying to make Republicans look bad instead of looking for ways to work with us on meaningful jobs legislation."

The balance of the press release from Senate Republican Leader McConnell's office is directly below.

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Let’s Build on Today’s Success and Pass More Jobs Legislation

‘You don’t hear a lot about Republicans and Democrats agreeing on legislation these days. But here’s some we do agree on. So I say let’s take these up, pass them, and send them to the President for a signature. The Obama administration has already said it supports these ideas. One hundred sixty-nine Democrats in the House voted for one of these bills last week, and 175 voted for the other. And Republicans support both overwhelmingly too. So let’s do it. Let’s build on the momentum we’ll have today after passing the 3% withholding and the Veterans bill. And let’s show the American people we’ve discovered and embraced a formula for success around here.’


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on the Senate floor Thursday regarding the call for Senate Democrats and the President to work with Republicans on bipartisan proposals that can help create jobs:

"I’d like to start today on a positive note. Later today the two parties will come together to do something we haven’t been doing enough of around here. We’ll pass this jobs bill on a bipartisan basis then we’ll send it back to the house, where we hope it will pass shortly. In other words, we’re going to legislate.

“I know that might sound like a groundbreaking idea to some of my colleagues on the other side who would rather spend all their time putting together legislation aimed at sending a political message. But hopefully today’s votes will help change that.

“As I’ve been saying for weeks now, we’ve got two choices: we can either acknowledge the fact that we live in a two-party system, and work together on legislation both parties can embrace. Or we can spend our time, as Democrats have for the past two months, putting together legislation that’s designed to fail.

“House Republicans have chosen the former approach. Since taking over the Majority earlier this year, they’ve searched for common ground when it comes to jobs legislation, and they’ve found it, passing more than 20 bills aimed at spurring the economy and creating jobs that have attracted strong bipartisan support. Meanwhile, the Democrat majority here in the Senate has opted for the latter approach. Taking their cues from the political team down at the White House, Senate Democrats have spent most of their time trying to make Republicans look bad instead of looking for ways to work with us on meaningful jobs legislation.

“But today, they’ve taken a break from all that. And I’m pleased to say that today the two parties will pass two important pieces of jobs legislation: Senator Brown’s 3% withholding bill, which eases the burden on government contractors, freeing up more money they can use to expand and hire, and a veterans bill sponsored by Senator Murray, that not only helps returning veterans, but the businesses that hire them.

“On their own, these bills won’t solve our jobs crisis — far from it. No single piece of legislation can.

“But this attempt at bipartisanship that has been used to get them over the finish line, represents our best shot at making progress on jobs and the economy, as long as Republicans have the Majority in one half of Congress and Democrats have the Majority in the other. We can still improve upon the process, of course, through greater consultation within the committee of jurisdiction, but it’s a good start nonetheless.

“This is how divided government works — through genuine cooperation and a search for common ground. It’s what Republicans on the Joint Committee have been doing these past several weeks. And it’s what House Republicans have been doing for the past year on legislation of the kind we’ll pass today.

“This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t have open, full-throated debates that showcase our differences. The two parties clearly have different points of view when it comes to restoring the economy and creating jobs. And that’s why we’ll also have a vote today on the McCain/Paul/Portman bill, which aims at unleashing the private sector instead of shackling it with more government, as Democrats propose. The McCain/Paul/Portman bill is a clear alternative to the President’s failed model of endless stimulus. Members should have the chance to express their support for it. And I’m glad we will, even as we vote on things that we can all agree on.

“So my message is, let’s keep it up. Let’s build on today’s success and move on to some of the other jobs bills that have already passed the House on a broad bipartisan basis. I’ve highlighted a number of them already. Today, I’ll highlight two more: The Access to Capital for Job-Creators Act, H.R. 2940, and the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act, H.R. 2930, two bills that make it easier for small businesses to raise money in innovative ways from small donors, generally over the Internet, often through social media.

“Here’s a way to enable the little guy to raise money for his or her business, and lets small investors get in on the game too. We all know that access to capital is one of the key ingredients to economic growth.

“Here’s a way to make it easier for folks to get that capital that also creates new avenues for the little guy to invest. Senators Thune and Scott Brown have companion bills here in the Senate. We should take them up and pass them.

“You don’t hear a lot about Republicans and Democrats agreeing on legislation these days. But here’s some we do agree on. So I say let’s take these up, pass them, and send them to the President for a signature.

“The Obama administration has already said it supports these ideas. One hundred sixty-nine Democrats in the House voted for one of these bills last week, and 175 voted for the other. And Republicans support both overwhelmingly too. So let’s do it. Let’s build on the momentum we’ll have today after passing the 3% withholding and the Veterans bill. And let’s show the American people we’ve discovered and embraced a formula for success around here.”