The Senate is voting this morning on a jobs bill that includes state funding for Medicaid, teachers and other public servants. The bill in question has been written to the specifications of alleged Republican moderates Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, both from Maine. Spending has been cut from previous versions. Not only is it deficit neutral, it reduces the deficit (albeit by a small amount). There is literally no remaining reason for Snowe and Collins to vote against it, other than being in lock-step with the Republican caucus and their desire to stop any legislation that will help working Americans.
The ad above is by Americans United for Change. I think it’s great. It’s about time Republicans pay a political price for their obstructionism, which is forcing their constituents to feel greater and greater economic pain.
I’m a fairly pessimistic person when it comes to expectations for Congress to get things done, but even the thought of Snowe and Collins rejecting this bill utterly appalls me.