October 12, 2011--
The Senate failed to pass President Obama’s Job’s Bill yesterday. It was defeated in its entirety by a vote that was nearly along party lines. Although 50 Senate Democrats supported the bill, 49 lawmakers--including every Republican who voted and three Democrats voted against it.
The two Senators are Harry Reid (D., Nev.) changed his vote for procedural reasons so that he could bring up the legislation for another vote in the future.(D., Neb.) and (D., Mt.) who are moderate Democrats facing rigorous re-elections next year in states that generally vote conservative, while the third--Senate Majority Leader
“If the Republicans take the current position and hold it, that they’ll do nothing, I think they’ll pay a price for it,” Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Senate Democrat, said in an interview airing this weekend on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt.”
The “price” is painting the Republican Party as extreme in keeping with the label: The Party of No. Senate Democrats are regrouping to design alternative legislation embracing an incremental approach dividing up the bill into parts that they report is approved by President Obama.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) said congressional Democratic leaders were working in concert with the Obama White House on how to move forward with the revisions.
Senator Schumer proposed two provisional changes in the $447 billion bill: One is the renewal of a payroll tax holiday for working Americans and has a chance of bipartisan support. The other one is new investment in transportation infrastructure that Republicans most likely would block. The strategy here is to magnify the differences between the Democrats and Republicans in job creation methodology creating measurable differences between the two.
“The public has a whiff, after the debt ceiling debate, that the Republican Party has become extreme,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), his party’s top strategist in the Senate, as he unveiled the new messaging strategy Wednesday during at an “Inside Politics” breakfast at Third Way, the moderate Democratic think tank, reported in the LA Times.