President, Allies, Launch Ill-Timed “They Won’t Even Vote On It’ Attack on GOP

Oct 4, 2011 4:42pm

President Obama today in Mesquite, Texas, attacked Republicans for not moving on the jobs bill he sent to Congress on September 12.

“My question to Congress is what are you waiting for?” the president asked the crowd. “Do they not have the time? They just had the week off.”

In an email to supporters this afternoon titled “They won’t even vote on it,” Obama 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina made the same argument.

“Though it’s been nearly a month since he laid out this plan, House Republicans haven’t acted to pass it,” Messina wrote. “And House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is out there actually bragging that they won’t even put the jobs package up for a vote — ever.”

The problem is Senate Democrats haven’t acted to pass it either. And, even worse, at around the same time Messina and the president were complaining about the House GOP not voting on the jobs bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced he would block an attempt to bring the jobs bill to the floor of the Senate for a vote.

At around 2:25 pm ET, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced he would introduce the jobs bill.

McConnell’s point was to show that enough Democrats oppose the bill to prevent it from reaching the 60-vote hurdle.

Shortly thereafter, Reid took to the floor to say he wouldn’t let that happen, an acknowledgment that the bill needs some changes to get enough Democrats on board.

So “they won’t even vote on it,” at least for now, applies to both House Republicans and Senate Democrats.

-Jake Tapper and Mary Bruce

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