Another Obama Jobs Proposal Dies in the Senate

More
President Obama's jobs proposals are having no easier passing as individual policies as they did as one big package, as the Senate stayed up late on Thursday evening to reject a plan to give states and cities $35 billion to rehire up to 400,000 public workers. Republicans mainly objected 0.5 percent surtax on incomes above $1 million that would have funded the bill. The key vote was 50-50, far short of the 60 votes needed to break a Republican filibuster, reports The New York Times. But like Obama's $447 billion jobs package, which died in the Senate on Oct. 12, both sides seemed to be mainly interested in posturing for the 2012 campaign. According to The Times, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell hammered at familiar Republican talking points:

The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, derided the Democrats' proposal as "a government jobs bill." He said it would "impose a permanent tax hike on about 300,000 U.S. business owners and then use the money to bail out cities and states that cannot pay their bills."

Read the full story at The Atlantic Wire.

Jump to comments
Presented by

The Atlantic Wire is your authoritative guide to the news and ideas that matter most right now.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

A Technicolor Time-Lapse of Alaska's Northern Lights

The beauty of aurora borealis, as seen from America's last frontier


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A Time-Lapse of Alaska's Northern Lights

The beauty of aurora borealis, as seen from America's last frontier

Video

What Do You Wish You Learned in College?

Ivy League academics reveal their undergrad regrets

Video

Famous Movies, Reimagined

From Apocalypse Now to The Lord of the Rings, this clever video puts a new spin on Hollywood's greatest hits.

Video

What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In