Congressional Republicans have placed all of the blame for the loss of jobs in the recession and the sluggish recovery on the President’s policies since the day he was inaugurated, all the while refusing to accept any of his proposals to stimulate the economy and thus create jobs.
The latest such obstruction took place on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, when Republicans blocked a vote to invoke cloture on the “Bring Jobs Home Act” in a 54 – 42 vote, six short of the necessary 60 to end debate.
Introduced by Senator John Walsh (D-MT), the bill would offer tax incentives for companies that brought jobs back to the U.S. from overseas while denying an existing deduction for expenses incurred by a company relocating to an offshore site. Prior to calling the cloture vote, Majority Leader Harry Reid said:
“Quite frankly, a vote against this bill is a vote against American jobs. There is absolutely no excuse, no justification for any member of this body to vote against this legislation. But as of late, Senate Republicans have repeatedly blocked legislation, much like the Bring Jobs Home Act, that is good for the American people.”
He went on to chastise Republicans for voting against good legislation, such as raising the minimum wage, energy efficiency, student loan refinancing and equal pay for women.
In the case of the Bring Jobs Home Act, Republicans are blocking the bill because Mitch McConnell is angry that Reid did not allow Republicans to tack on an amendment to — wait for it — repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Once more, congressional Republicans have demonstrated that they have no intention of doing anything that benefits the American worker, instead they are willing to prevent the passage of any legislation that might stimulate job creation in the country unless that legislation also includes a provision that takes affordable healthcare away from those same workers.