Hey, I thought that jobs bill of President Obama’s was urgent. He said Congress needs to pass it right away, like, now! Apparently, he hasn’t been communicating with Senators from his own party, because they aren’t going to consider the bill until next month, after another vacation.
Well, here we are on the next Monday after that next Monday and we’ve just learned from the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Dick Durbin, that actually it seems that body won’t really be seriously getting into the legislation for a while yet. The Senate has some other more important business to handle. And then there’s this month’s congressional vacation, which in Washington is called “a recess,” like elementary school.
Here’s the revealing exchange with a persistent host Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union:”
CROWLEY: When is the bill going to get on the floor?
DURBIN: The bill is on the calendar. Majority leader Reid moved it to the calendar. It is ready and poised. There are a couple other items we may get into this week not on the bill and some related issues that may create jobs. But we’re going to move forward on the president’s bill. There will be a healthy debate. I hope the Republicans will come to…
CROWLEY: After the recess, so next month? Or when will it actually begin to act on?
DURBIN: I think that’s more realistic it would be next month.
So, as of right now, “right now” uttered on Sept. 8 really means sometime at least one month later. (Read More)
Not to worry, the president will unveil his deficit reduction plan, that includes $1.5 trillion in tax increases, in just a little while. I’m sure he’ll tell us it’s urgent. Maybe the Democrat controlled Senate will take it up some time after Christmas, just in time for the 2012 election.