|President Obama speaking to workers with the Key Bridge back drop. |
The bridge is one of many across, the country, in need of repair. Photo/CD Brown.
True to form, Congress blocked the president's bill.
But so did Democrats, who fell nine votes short of the 60 needed to move the president's agenda forward. The vote was 51-49, with all Republicans and two members of the Democratic caucus (Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. and Ben Nelson), chiming in with 'Nays'.
In response President Obama, currently attending G-20 summit events in Europe, made the following statement:
"For the third time in recent weeks, every single Republican in the United States Senate has chosen to obstruct a jobs bill that independent economists said would boost our economy and put Americans back to work. At a time when more than a million construction workers are looking for a job, they voted “no” to putting them back to work doing the work America needs done – rebuilding our roads, bridges, airports and transit systems. That makes no sense."
The president announced on Wednesday his plan to expedite loans and competitive grants for new infrastructure projects across the country, creating thousands of new jobs.
"We can’t wait for Congress to do its job. If they won’t act, I will", the president said.
Oddly enough, Senator Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor today, tried to explain the Republican model that he claims will “extend the current highway bill for another two years, giving states and contractors the certainty they need to start new infrastructure projects and create jobs."
He goes on to say, “Best of all, it’s fully paid for through funds that were originally appropriated for another purpose but not spent. Whatever’s left over after these projects are funded goes to pay down the deficit."
This sounds very similar to President Obama's plan, doesn't it?
Yet Republicans say 'no' when Obama proposes the same ideology, leaving voters in the upcoming election to wonder what this cat-and-mouse game really all about.
Wednesday's Key Bridge photos. Click here.