GOP Senate Leader McConnell: “Let’s Do Something Together on Jobs”

‘If the Democrat-controlled Senate turns to something contentious instead, then they’ll be saying two things to the American people: First, that they’re just not serious when they say they’re focused on jobs. And second, that they’d rather spend their time manufacturing gridlock to create the illusion of conflict. Because they think it benefits them somehow for Congress to appear dysfunctional.’

Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on the Senate floor Tuesday regarding the need for the Senate to take up the bipartisan JOBS Act that the House passed and the President endorsed last week:

"Later today the Senate is likely to finish up the Highway Bill.

"Once we do, we should immediately take up the bipartisan Jobs bill the House sent over last Thursday.

"This bill passed the House on a broad bipartisan basis with a vote of 390 to 23. The President himself supports it. There’s no reason we shouldn’t take it up immediately and do something together on jobs.

“If the Democrat-controlled Senate turns to something contentious instead, then they’ll be saying two things to the American people: First, that they’re just not serious when they say they’re focused on jobs.

“And second, that they’d rather spend their time manufacturing gridlock to create the illusion of conflict.

“Because they think it benefits them somehow for Congress to appear dysfunctional.

“Look: this is completely transparent, and it’s completely irresponsible.

“At a moment when millions of Americans are looking for work and millions more are struggling with the high price of gas, we have an opportunity to really do something together, right now, about both.

“We could take up this Jobs bill and send a small but important signal to job creators and innovators that we want to help make it easier for them to hire. And later today, we’ll have another chance to move forward on the Keystone pipeline, despite the President’s stubborn opposition to it, through the Roberts amendment.

“The House-passed Jobs bill isn’t just important for what it does, but for what it represents. It’s a rare and welcome signal that lawmakers in Washington still value the risk-takers and the entrepreneurs who’ve always been so vital to our nation’s greatness. After three years of policies that undermine free enterprise through the picking of winners and losers, this legislation sends a different signal.

“It’s a welcome step back in the right direction.

“By clearing away red tape, it should encourage the kind of entrepreneurship that not only leads to new pockets of industry, and the jobs that come with them, but which also helps people fulfill their dreams. Without adding to the deficit.

“This is precisely the kind of thing we should be doing in Washington. It’s the message we should send. We don’t need fewer Apples or Microsofts or Facebooks. We need more of them. We need them for the value they add to our lives, the edge they give us in the world economy, the jobs they provide to hundreds of thousands of American workers, and for the satisfaction they bring to those who help turn them from an idea into a reality.

“Let’s send this important signal that we still believe in opportunity and innovation. And that when there’s a common good in sight, we can still work together to achieve it.

“This is so crucial, in fact, that as Senator Kyl did last night, and despite the Democrats’ objections, I would now like to ask consent that the Senate take-up the bipartisan jobs bill that the House sent over to us last Thursday.”