Senators in Action

Senate and the $35 billion jobs bill

Posted on October 28, 2011. Filed under: Conservative Issues, Senators in Action | Tags: , , , , , , |

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the Senate will take up and vote on a $35 billion teachers and first responders jobs bill this week.
“We are going to make sure there is a vote on our bill this week,” Reid said. “To make sure that we do that I’ll protect ourselves by filing cloture tonight unless we work something out and have a vote. ”

However, the bill was defeated with bipartisan opposition, with Senator Ben Nelson (D–NE) saying: “I don’t think you increase taxes for new spending,” and Senator Mark Pryor (D–AR) saying: “I’m not sure federal taxpayers should be paying for teachers and first responders. That’s traditionally a state and local matter.”

What does this indicate? Well, for one thing, it appears that some Democrats have actually understood the Constitution, at least in theory. We applaud Sen. Pryor and Sen. Nelson (at least this isn’t a Kickback for him) in their approach to this bill. It’s important for our Senators and Representatives to realize that States are responsible for their own Police forces, teachers and more. There is no reference to educating the people or policing the cities in our Constitution. We have strong local and State governments (for the most part) and we should have faith that they know what to do for their own areas of responsibility.

Also, doesn’t it appear that Msrs. Obama and Biden are continuing their divisive talk? This continues the wonderful “civility” which B. Obama stressed not so long ago.

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