Skip to comments.Senate GOP blocks Obama infrastructure plan ($60B-yay)
Posted on 11/03/2011 4:00:24 PM PDT by STARWISE
Republicans in the Senate Thursday dealt President Barack Obama the third in a string of defeats on his stimulus-style jobs agenda, blocking a $60 billion measure for building and repairing infrastructure like roads and rail lines.
But Republicans unanimously opposed it for its tax surcharge on the wealthy and spending totals they said were too high. The 51-49 vote fell well short of the 60 votes required ...
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“Democrats had proposed to pay for the new investments by levying a 0.7% surtax on all income earned by individuals in excess of $1 million a year.
Senate Republicans countered with a bill that would fund highway and bridge construction through 2013. It would primarily extend the existing formula that uses revenue from a federal gasoline tax to pay for transportation projects.
The legislation would claw back a further $18 billion from unspent money in the federal budget, two-thirds of which would be invested in transportation projects, with the remaining $6 billion used to pay down the deficit.
The Democratic bill was defeated by a 51-49 vote, with every Republican joined by Sen. Ben Nelson (D., Neb.) and Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) to oppose it. The Republican measure was defeated by a vote of 53-47, with Sen. Olympia Snowe (R., Maine) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.V.) voting against their parties.”
Pigs will fly when the Dims stop punishing success with surtaxes, etc.
Looks like a bipartisan defeat to me.
The asshat gets another defeat? But isn’t he the Czar-in-Charge? What’s to stop this dimbulb from “executive orders”?
AFAIK, Congress controls the purse strings. Obama can’t issue funds with executive orders.
Zero can try, if he’s ready to test the national resolve to uphold the Constitution.
The President could have supported a pay as you go infrastructure and jobs bill. But he and the Democrats prefer to wage class warfare than address the country’s problems and put Americans back to work.
I thought the senate had a Dem majority?
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Exactly- seems to me the Democrats screwed the President if
Nelson (D) and Lieberman (I) would have voted for the bill
it would have passed they have the majority afterall
It’s a nice thought, but I doubt there’s much national resolve for upholding the Constitution.