On the day that President Obama heads to Capitol Hill to deliver his jobs plan, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declared that the effort amounts to nothing more than campaign speech.
“This isn’t a jobs plan. It’s a re-election plan,” McConnell said on the Senate floor this morning. “It’s time the president starts thinking less about how to describe his policies differently and more time thinking about devising new policies.”
McConnell criticized the president for writing the plan in “secret without any consultation with Republicans,” and brushed aside the White House’s statement that the plan is bipartisan. McConnell echoed other Republicans who have called the jobs plan just another stimulus package.
“The first stimulus didn’t do it. Why would another one? This is one question that the White House and a number of Democrats clearly don’t want to answer,” McConnell said. “The problem here isn’t the politics, it’s the policy.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., by comparison called for Senators to rally around the president’s proposal tonight, noting that Republicans have supported parts of the plan.
“Republicans have always supported tax cuts. They’ve done it in the past and they agree that we must bring America’s infrastructure up to 21st century standards. I hope that in fact is the case. But if my Republican friends oppose these proposals now that they’ve supported in the past, the reason will be very clear simply partisan politics.”
Reid said tonight is a chance for members of Congress to show that “necessity” should “trump ideology.”