Yesterday Leader Reid took to the Senate floor to defend his decision to pass another $35 billion in government spending, saying “private-sector jobs have been doing just fine, it's the public-sector jobs where we've lost huge numbers, and that's what this legislation is all about.” As we've seen, Democrats' stimulus spending has already failed to recover the economy and won't create jobs for the 14 million people who remain out of work.
In contrast, House Republicans believe our country’s innovators and entrepreneurs, not more government spending, will put Americans back to work. We have passed 15 pro-growth measures that have bipartisan support and will give businesses the opportunity to grow and hire. Today in Richmond, Leader Cantor is hosting a roundtable discussion with six Virginians who have succeeded in creating jobs in this economy to discuss ways to spur job growth in the Commonwealth and across the country. Speaking at the event, Leader Cantor said, “I think that the message I heard loud and clear is that somehow Washington needs to start getting it. To loosely paraphrase our discussion, there's a mismatch of regulations, policies and incentives that exist today that are counterproductive for people who want to go out and build a business and create jobs.”
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Today In History: In 1803, the U.S. Senate approves a treaty with France providing for the purchase of the territory of Louisiana, which would double the size of the United States.
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Here is what’s in today’s Ledger ...
State Of Play: Bipartisan Opposition Strengthens Against President Obama and Senator Reid’s Latest Stimulus Proposal
Round 2: Senate Democrats, Who Forced A Rewrite Of President Obama’s Original Proposal, Seem Unlikely To Support The President’s Most Recent Proposal. Despite Obama's rhetoric, it was Senate Democrats who forced a rewrite of the jobs bill last week. And even now, it's unlikely he has enough support within his own party to assure a majority. The Associated Press
• Senate Democrats Balk At The Latest Obama/Reid Stimulus Bill. Senator Nelson, up for reelection in 2012, says what he hears most from Nebraskans are concern about federal deficits. “People back home are talking to him about how to bring down the deficit, and this won’t do that,” says spokesman Jake Thompson. Sen. Jon Tester (D) of Montana, who voted with Nelson to oppose the first Obama jobs bill last week, has yet to commit to backing the latest version of a jobs bill. “Jon supports full, responsible funding for this nation’s teachers, firefighters, and first responders,” said spokeswoman Andrea Helling in a statement. “But he’s concerned that this specific proposal doesn’t have the sideboards needed to ensure the money actually goes to them.” ... "Senate jobs bill has worthy goal, but we must stop spending what we do not have,” tweeted Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I) of Connecticut ... The Christian Science Monitor
Leader Cantor: The President’s Proposal Faces Bipartisan Opposition Because It Focuses On More Stimulus Spending When The Focus Should Be On Growing The Private Sector. “We know very well that the stimulus money he is calling for is just like the stimulus money that he called for when he went into office - that $800 billion bill that did not produce the results that he had promised. That is not something that will have the support of this Congress, either House or Senate, and what we want to do is focus on the problem, and that is the lack of job growth. We want to focus on the private sector and getting the confidence of business people back, so we can actually see some job growth in Virginia and in the country.” WRVA
The Economy: Senator Reid Argues For Government Expansion, Kicks Private Sector Growth To The Curb
Defining Out Of Touch: With Unemployment Remaining Above 8.6% For The Past 30 Months – Harry Reid Says The Private Sector Is “Doing Just Fine.” "It's very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it's the public-sector jobs where we've lost huge numbers, and that's what this legislation is all about." ... He [Senator Reid] seems to be under the impression that private job creation is doing well, and that happy days would be here again if we could only gin up more government jobs. ... As for the private jobs market, it's hard to see what Mr. Reid could possibly mean when he says it is "doing just fine." Private nonfarm employers added only 137,000 new jobs in September and 352,000 in the last three months. That's why the overall jobless rate remains an unprecedented 9.1% two years into an ostensible economic recovery. The Wall Street Journal
• Nearly 2.5 Million Fewer Private Sector Jobs – What Is Senator Reid’s Definition Of Lousy? Going back to 2008, the Labor Department reported 111.822 million employed private workers at the end of 2008. The number plunged during the recession, and as of September of this year overall private employment had climbed back to 109.349 million. But that's still some 2.5 million fewer jobs than in 2008. If this is doing fine, we'd hate to see Mr. Reid's definition of lousy. ... Mr. Reid's comments yesterday reveal that he and his fellow Democrats inhabit an economic universe in which government is the main engine of job creation. That's how you get a jobs crisis. The Wall Street Journal
Reid’s Comments Underscore The Senate Majority Leader’s “Cluelessness” Regarding The Economy. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid thinks the private sector is "doing just fine" and that it's government that needs help. Now we see what the Democrats' priority is: big government, not people. ... The comment is utterly wrong, of course, and underscores Democrats' cluelessness and insensitivity to the damage they've inflicted on the private economy since taking power in 2006. ... Reid should be ashamed for suggesting that, at a time of 9%-plus unemployment, our bloated federal, state and local governments have suffered most. It's simply untrue. Worse, it can only detract from the debate we need to have: How to undo the damage from yet another failed Democratic Keynesian experiment. Investor’s Business Daily
The Road Ahead: House Dems Pressure President Obama To Support One Of The Bipartisan “Forgotten 15” House-passed Jobs Bills
Bipartisanship: 20 House Democrats Write President Obama To Support Republican Led House-passed Jobs & Domestic Energy Legislation. Twenty House Democrats, led by Rep. Gene Green (D-Tex.), wrote to President Obama on Wednesday, asking him to approve the pipeline. ... “Across the U.S., Americans are calling for jobs today and the Keystone XL Pipeline project will do exactly that, plus provide huge benefits to our national and local economies, and increase our energy supply and independence from foreign oil,” Green said in a statement. “I urge the President to act now and grant the permit so we can get started on this as soon as possible.” The Washington Post
President Obama Has Nixed Bipartisanship, Hasn’t Given One Once Of Consideration To “The Forgotten 15.” You don't foster bipartisanship by constantly trashing the other party. This is the most partisan president in modern history. He's built no trust with an opposition party that's learned he'll turn every engagement to his own political advantage. While vilifying the GOP for rejecting his jobs bill — with the help of some fiscally responsible Democrats, by the way — he has given not one ounce of consideration to the Republican proposals to fix the economy. ... A jobs crisis of this magnitude demands the undivided attention of the president and Congress. Instead, Obama is on his second taxpayer-funded campaign tour in three months, spouting the rhetoric of a candidate rather than a leader. ... The president has committed the nation to 13 months of inaction on cleaning up its economic disaster while he campaigns full-time to keep his job. The Detroit News
• View The “Forgotten 15” Bipartisan House-passed Jobs Bills HERE
Upton, Stearns Call On White House To Release President Obama’s Emails On Solyndra. House Republicans are pushing forward with their request for all internal White House communications related to the now-bankrupt solar firm Solyndra, including President Obama’s emails. In a letter to White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler on Tuesday, top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee argue that the White House should turn over internal emails and documents related to the $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra. They rejected arguments from the White House that it has already turned over hundreds of documents, and said efforts by other administrative agencies are not enough.“The fact that other agencies are in the process of attempting to comply with our request for documents does not excuse the White House from producing its own responsive documents,” the letter from committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Oversight and Investigations subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) said. The Hill
• The Obama/Pelosi Divide: Pelosi's Silent Treatment Shows Breaks With President Obama The Hill