Obama Receives Another Defeat from Congress

Obama Receives Another Defeat from Congress

Yesterday, Senators from both sides of the aisle joined together to defeat a section of President Obama’s jobs bill.  The portion up for a debate vote included money for teachers, fire rescuers and police officers.  According to a Christian Science article, the measure failed in the U.S. Senate with a 50-50 vote.  It needed 60 votes in order to pass.  Along with all Republicans, two Democrats and one independent voted against the bill calling it a bailout.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) was quoted in the article saying the federal government cannot afford “another bailout of local governments.”  To pay for the legislation, Democrats and President Obama proposed a 0.5% tax increase on Americans earning over $1 million annually.  However, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said, “Four out of every five American who would pay higher taxes are small business owners.  That doesn’t sound like a jobs bill to me.”

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