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Gerry Clinchy
11-04-2011, 10:50 AM
An AP headline
Senate GOP Blocks Obama's $60 Billion Infrastructure Plan
The content of the article:



Supporters of the failed measure said it would have created tens of thousands of construction jobs and lifted the still-struggling economy.



But Republicans unanimously opposed it for its tax surcharge on the wealthy and spending totals they said were too high.

Of course, this was only secondary to their first priority, which was $35 billion to preserve teaching jobs.



After Republicans blocked Obama's infrastructure plan, the president's Democratic allies immediately killed a competing GOP infrastructure plan that would have extended existing highway and transit spending programs.




and paid for the spending with a $40 billion cut in unspent funding for other domestic programs. The White House opposed the measure over its spending cuts and provisions that would block recent clean air rules and make it harder for the administration to issue new rules.

Wonder what programs had money unspent? Maybe the programs were not needed to begin with?



With the demise of Thursday's measure, an announcement could come as early as Friday on what's the next piece of Obama's jobs agenda to break out for a stand-alone vote. Democratic aides say the next measure would be legislation to provide a $4,800 tax credit for hiring an unemployed veteran and increasing the tax credit for hiring a veteran with a service-related disability to up to $9,600.
Republicans back the idea of the veterans hiring tax credit.



Finally, the 3rd priority is something everyone can agree on :-)

caryalsobrook
11-04-2011, 11:25 AM
An AP headline
Senate GOP Blocks Obama's $60 Billion Infrastructure Plan
The content of the article:

Of course, this was only secondary to their first priority, which was $35 billion to preserve teaching jobs.


Wonder what programs had money unspent? Maybe the programs were not needed to begin with?



Finally, the 3rd priority is something everyone can agree on :-)
One other little tidbit they forgot to mention was that only 10% of the money would be spent in the first year. Another one of those little details left out about shovel ready jobs.

caryalsobrook
11-04-2011, 11:29 AM
One other little tidbit they forgot to mention was that only 10% of the money would be spent in the first year. Another one of those little details left out about shovel ready jobs.
You think they(the democrat senate) might think about passing a budget which hasn't been done in the last 1000 days? The house has passed at least 2 and the senate won't even act on it. Maybe we have a party in the senate that only says NO! You think?:rolleyes: