McConnell: Obama’s Jobs Bill Won’t Pass Senate

Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011 02:33 PM

By Dan Weil

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In the first few days after President Barack Obama gave the outline of his $447 billion jobs plan Thursday, Republicans withheld criticism.

But after the president revealed the program’s details Monday, which include tax hikes to finance spending plans, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell went straight for the jugular Tuesday, The Hill reports.

The proposal has no chance of passing the Senate, thanks to the higher taxes on businesses and the wealthy that Obama has proposed, McConnell said.

“The specifics we got yesterday only reinforce the impression that this was largely a political exercise,” McConnell said. “They undermine the president’s claim that it’s a bipartisan proposal, because much of what he’s proposing has already been rejected on a bipartisan basis. The half-trillion-dollar tax hike the White House proposed [Monday] will not only face a tough road in Congress among Republicans, but from Democrats too.”



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