Instead of Creating Jobs, Senate Democrats Focus on Campaign Attacks

Now we read that they’re trying to figure out ways to make this overwhelmingly bipartisan bill controversial. They want to pick a fight, rather than get this bill to the President’s desk.  And then they’re going to use the same strategy on a number of other bills.

Their plan isn’t to work together to make it easier create jobs, but to look for ways to make it easier to keep their own.’ 

Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Thursday regarding efforts to slow the bipartisan JOBS Act:

“I’d like to just start out this morning by saying I’m glad we’ll be turning to the bipartisan JOBS Act that passed the House last week by such a lopsided margin. Here’s a chance not only to help entrepreneurs build their businesses and create jobs, but to show that we can work together around here to get things done on a bipartisan basis.

“Unfortunately, some of our friends on the other side don’t seem to like that idea very much.

“Apparently, they’d rather spend their time manufacturing fights —and 30 second television ads — than helping to create jobs.

“First, they tried to keep us from even bringing up this JOBS Act for debate in the Senate.

“Now we read that they’re trying to figure out ways to make this overwhelmingly bipartisan bill controversial. They want to pick a fight, rather than get this bill to the President’s desk.  And then they’re going to use the same strategy on a number of other bills.

Their plan isn’t to work together to make it easier create jobs, but to look for ways to make it easier to keep their own. Then use it for campaign ads in the run-up to the November elections.

“I mean, if you’re looking for the reason Congress has a 9 percent approval rating, this is it.

A day after we r?ead a headline in the Congressional Quarterly  about Democrats moving to slow a jobs bill that got 390 votes, we see a story today about how the Number Three Democrat in the Senate is ‘scheming’ to spend the rest of the year hitting the other side.

“It goes on to list all the ways he plans to do it, and then it says this: 

"None of these campaign-style attacks allow for the policy nuances or reasoning behind the GOP’s opposition, and some of the bills stand no chance of becoming law. But that’s not really the point.’

 “At a moment of economic crisis, the Number 3 Democrat in Senate — the Democrat in charge of strategy over there —is sitting up at night trying to figure out a way to create an issue where there isn’t one, not to help solve our nation’s problems, but to help Democrats get reelected.

“So I’d like to enter into record the Politico story I just referred to entitled ‘Schumer schemes to hit GOP’ that lays out the Democrat strategy.

“The American people need to know what’s going on in the Democrat controlled Senate.

“And, frankly, so should posterity.

“Fifty years from now, I really would like an American doing a research project to look back at what is outlined in this Politico article today to understand what this Democrat-controlled Senate is like.  To understand what their priorities are.

“What did this country’s leaders do to make America stronger for the next generation?  Read this Politico piece.

“It provides a unique insight for future generations of Americans to understand what this Senate has done for the country.

"And they can decide for themselves what they think of it and what it’s legacy should be.”