Wasserman Schultz Sidesteps Question on Democratic Support for Jobs Bill

Sunday, 16 Oct 2011 11:22 AM

By Paul Scicchitano

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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz sidestepped a question today about why only a handful of Democrats are sponsoring President Obama’s $447 billion jobs and lashed out at Republicans instead.

“The co-sponsorship is really not reflective of the widespread support that exists in the Democratic caucus and in the country for the American Jobs Act,” the Florida congresswoman said on CNN’s “State of the Union” this morning. “Polling shows overwhelming support for Congress to pass the entire bill.”

“Sadly, Republicans, because they are only interested in one job — Barack Obama’s — don’t seem to be interested in getting jobs created now,” Wasserman Schultz said.

She cited an assessment by Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, that the American Jobs Act would add two percentage points to the GDP and drop unemployment by about one percent.

“The American Jobs Act would be an immediate shot in the arm to the economy that would create jobs now,” she says. “The so-called Republican jobs bill would just allow corporate America to write their own rules again. It’s been analyzed to conclude that it would create no jobs now. There isn’t even a certainty that it would create any jobs at all.”

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