While Republicans are putting Americans out of work the Obama Administration is adding jobs. The ARRA (Stimulus Bill) keeps funding projects which are hiring people and/or keeping them employed. The Vice President went to Orlando yesterday to celebrate some of the jobs being done and to herald the fact that every state and DC had met the March 2nd deadline to commit to projects under the bill. While every Republican Member of Congress voted against this bill and many GOP Governors condemned it they have requested funds and taken credit for projects in their states and Districts. The VP said:
“Construction projects across the country are already creating jobs and upgrading our nation’s infrastructure, but we’re just getting started,” said Vice President Biden. “Because these projects were funded on-time and, in many cases, under-budget, we’re going to be able to put even more people to work improving our highways just as the spring construction season kicks into high-gear.”
“I’ve been to Recovery projects all across the country, and I always hear the same thing from contractors – this work allows them to keep people working and hire new people, and that’s what it’s all about,” said Secretary LaHood. “The states have done a great job in getting all these projects out the door, but to create more jobs and continue strengthening the economy, we have more work to do.”
Meanwhile Sen. Jim Bunning is filibustering extended unemployment benefits. 2000 transportation workers were furloughed yesterday on projects being held up by his action. This is how totally dysfunctional government has become because Republicans are filibustering even routine actions in the Senate. Nothing can be passed now without 60 votes. Suddenly majority votes (51 of 100) is being depicted as anti-democratic and tyranny of the majority “trying to jam legislation down your throats.” It’s called majority rules and is what the voters said they wanted. Here’s a bit more about Sen. Bunning:
He opposed the Stimulus Bill too:
Why are Republicans opposed to Americans having jobs, especially good union jobs which pay enough to raise a family and enable them to be middle class?