President Barack Obama’s $447B Jobs Act, which he proposed in September 2011, will be tested by Senate Democrates in the coming days. Senate Demoocrates rephrased the act and included a new tax for millionaires in it. This week’s bill will be a real turning point for Obama’s $447B Jobs Act because it will show the number of supporters in Obama’s own party.
“The president has said it’s wrong to raise taxes in this weak economic environment. If he meant what he said, surely he’ll join me in opposing this unwise tax hike Senate Democrats have proposed,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. On the contrary, Sen. Mary Landrieu said, “I think this small increase in income tax for families that make over a million dollars is a better approach than taking away tax incentives for domestic oil and gas companies.”
In the meantime Obama will carry on persuading the Republicans to support his bill.
According to the Associated Press:
- In President Barack Obama’s sales pitch for his jobs bill, there are two versions of reality: The one in his speeches and the one actually unfolding in Washington.
- When Obama accuses Republicans of standing in the way of his nearly $450 billion plan, he ignores the fact that his own party has struggled to unite behind the proposal.
- When the president says Republicans haven’t explained what they oppose in the plan, he skips over the fact that Republicans who control the House actually have done that in detail.
- And when he calls on Congress to “pass this bill now,” he slides past the point that Democrats control the Senate and were never prepared to move immediately, given other priorities. Senators are expected to vote Tuesday on opening debate on the bill, a month after the president unveiled it with a call for its immediate passage.
- To be sure, Obama is not the only one engaging in rhetorical excesses. But he is the president, and as such, his constant remarks on the bill draw the most attention and scrutiny.