Democrats seek a jobs program that would focus on infrastructure spending in areas such as airports, highways, and broadband networks. But the new debt-ceiling law that many Democrats supported may well put the kibosh on such ideas by limiting discretionary spending, The Hill
In a less-than-rousing defense of the law, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said much of its spending cuts are pushed back beyond 2013, leaving some room for spending to create jobs.
But she acknowledged that Democrats gave in to Republican demands for spending cuts rather than tax increases. Democrats should have worked harder "to cut some of those cuts," Pelosi said. "We should've had more influence."
California Rep. George Miller, head of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, blamed the tea party for the possible torpedoing of Democratic job plans.
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