Big surprise (not): GOP senators block jobs bill for teachers, cops and firefighters
Senate Republicans CONTINUED THEIR EFFORT last night to make sure that the economy doesn’t improve while Barack Obama is president:
For the second time in 10 days, the Senate on Thursday rejected Democratic efforts to take up a jobs bill championed by President Obama.
The vote to advance the bill was 50 to 50. Democrats needed 60 votes to overcome a Republican filibuster.
This time, the bill was narrowed to provide $35 billion to state and local governments to prevent layoffs of teachers, police officers and firefighters. To offset the cost, the bill would impose a surtax of 0.5 percent, starting in 2013, on income in excess of $1 million.
By the way, it apparently didn’t matter to the Senate obstructionists that 75 percent of the general public and 63 percent of rank-and-file Republicans supported this jobs plan, as we see HERE.