Sens. Marco Rubio and Chris Coons have joined arms across the aisle to introduce a bipartisan jobs bill that combines a variety of Republican and Democratic proposals, including President Barack Obama’s jobs plan recently rejected by Congress.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today, the Florida Republican and Delaware Democrat said it was time for members of Congress to put aside their partisan differences and make every effort to stabilize the economy and put Americans back to work.
“The No. 1 thing we can do to get out of this debt hole is to grow the economy,” Rubio said, stressing that he believes the bill contains a number of common sense proposals “that we can get a consensus on.”
“We’re both well aware that there are 14 million people out of work,” said Coons, adding that they went through a range of proposals in hopes that Republicans and Democrats would coalesce around enough elements of the bill to get it through both chambers of Congress.
The two senators introduced the bipartisan measure they call the “Agree Act” on Tuesday after working over the past month to include plans that would extend tax credits that are about to expire, expand visas for foreign workers, and remove some reporting regulations on small companies.
The two said an important part of their legislation also encourages research and development by giving a tax break to companies that invest in manufacturing and produce goods in the United States.
Both agreed gridlock in Congress has prevented any meaningful legislation from getting through to help the economy. They said things would only get worse if Americans continue to believe, as polls indicate, that the nation’s elected representatives have failed them.
“I think the lack of confidence in Congress, the lack of confidence that we can get things done, is a drag on the economy,” said Coons.
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