It is all politics. With 23 Democrat Senators running for re-election, the jobs bill is dead on arrival. Many Democrats are running the opposite direction from Obama and they are avoiding to debate any bill Obama supports. The blame for a "do nothing" congress rest within a Democrat control Senate. They have opposed every bill from the Republican house. The Senate Democrat Majority Whip Dick Durbin wants Republicans to join the Democrat cause and pass the Obama job's bill. Senate Democrats should do the right thing and joing the Republicans and kill the bill. It is an election season. The Democrat Senate is prolonging the inevitable.
(The Hill) Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said, at the moment, Democrats in Congress don’t have the votes to pass President Obama’s jobs bill, but Durbin added that that situation would change.
“Not at the moment, I don’t think we do, but, uh, we can work on it,” Durbin said, according to Chicago radio station WLS.
President Obama has been calling for Congress to pass his American Jobs Act since legislators returned from their August recess. The jobs plan is made up of a combination of tax increases on the wealthy, new infrastructure spending, an extension of the employee payroll-tax cut and additional funding for unemployment insurance benefits.
Republicans have voiced opposition to the plan, albeit less than with other pieces of legislation Democrats have proposed recently.
“The oil-producing-state senators don’t like eliminating or reducing the subsidy for oil companies,” Durbin said. “There are some senators who are up for election who say ‘I’m never gonna vote for a tax increase while I’m up for election, even on the wealthiest people.’ So, we’re not gonna have 100 percent of Democratic senators. That’s why it needs to be bipartisan and I hope we can find some Republicans who will join us to make it happen.”