Democrats Oppose Obama on the record

| October 8 2011

In Texas today, President Obama continued to demand an all-or-nothing approach to his jobs bill, calling for its immediate passage by Congress.  But at the very same time he was attacking Republicans for not immediately passing his bill without changes, the president’s fellow Democrats in Congress were publicly raising concerns and expressing outright opposition to many of the ideas in the President’s plan, including his plan to raise taxes on job creators in this struggling economy.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) office notes today that “despite President Obama’s efforts to blame House Republicans for stalling his jobs bill, Senate Democrats have made it clear the President’s bill has little chance of passing.”  Take a look at what Democrats are saying about the President’s plan, courtesy of the Majority Leader’s office:

  • Sen. Reid On The President’s Bill – “We’ll Get To That.”  In fact, it now becomes obvious that Mr. Obama knew Congress — not even a Senate run by Democrats — would pass his bill at all, let alone right away. On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid thumbed his nose at the president’s plea for urgent action. “We’ll get to that,” he said.  (The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10/1/11)
  • Sen. Durbin: We Don’t Have The Votes For The President’s Bill.  As Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told WLS Radio last week, Democrats may not even have the votes for a simple majority at this point. “There are some Senators who are up for election who say, ‘I’m never gonna vote for a tax increase while I’m up for election, even on the wealthiest people,’” Durbin said. “So, we’re not gonna have 100 percent Democratic Senators.” (Roll Call, 10/4/11)
  • Sen. Durbin Admits President Obama’s Plan Will Have To Change In Order To Gain Senate Democrat Support. Durbin said Democrats are still working to round up votes in the Senate for the $447 billion plan, but said the final proposal probably won’t be a carbon copy of the one Obama proposed in September. “It may not be the exact plan presented by the president.”  Durbin said last week there aren’t enough votes to pass Obama’s American Jobs Act … (The Hill, 10/4/11)
  • Sen. Schumer: President Obama’s Plan To Raise Taxes Isn’t The Best Way To Get Senate Democrats To Support His Bill. Taxes New York’s senior senator said even the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate was balking at paying for President Obama’s jobs bill. … “After [Obama] announced the jobs bill … he proposed ways of paying for it that are probably not the best way to garner the votes,” Schumer said. “We’re looking for better ways,” said Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate. (New York Daily News, 10/3/11)
  • Sen. Schumer: It’s Unacceptable To Raise Taxes On Working Families & Small Businesses In New York. Schumer said the $250,000 limit is unacceptable since it will hit the metropolitan area disproportionately because of the high cost of living here. “$250,000 makes you really rich in Mississippi but it doesn’t make you rich at all in New York and there ought to be some kind of scale based on the cost of living on how much you pay,” Schumer said. (CBS New York, 9/19/11)
  • Sen. Ben Nelson: There’re Too Much Talk About Raising Taxes and Not Enough Focus On Cutting Spending. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), a key moderate who’s up for reelection next year, didn’t mince words: “There’s too much discussion about raising taxes right now, not enough focus on cutting spending.” (Politico9/19/11)
  • Sen. Webb: We Shouldn’t Be Increasing Taxes On Ordinary Income. “Terrible,” Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) told POLITICO when asked about the president’s ideas for how to pay for the $450 billion price tag. “We shouldn’t increase taxes on ordinary income. … There are other ways to get there.” (Politico, 9/14/11)
  • Sen. Lieberman: I Wouldn’t Do Anything That Raises Taxes. “I wouldn’t do anything to raise taxes in the foreseeable future because that’ll stifle the recovery.” (Sean Hannity Radio Show, 9/20/11)
  • Sen. Landrieu: The President’s Offsets Are Simply “Not Going To Fly.” “That offset is not going to fly, and he should know that,” said Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu from the energy-producing Louisiana, referring to Obama’s elimination of oil and gas subsidies. “Maybe it’s just for his election, which I hope isn’t the case.”(Politico, 9/14/11)
  • Sen. Begich: I Have A Problem With The President’s Pay-Fors. “When you start singling out certain industries, there’s an unfairness to it,” he said in an interview. “On the pay-fors, I have a problem.”  (Politico, 9/14/11)
  • Sen. Mikulski: I Disagree With The President’s Plan To Raise Taxes.  Senator Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat whose state includes some of the wealthiest counties in the U.S., said she didn’t support the health-care tax. “I disagree with the president,” she said.  The proposal, she said, would be problematic for people with fluctuating incomes. Some of her constituents “might make one year $300,000 and the next year $30,000,” she said. (Bloomberg, 9/14/11)
  • Sen. Casey: The President’s Bill Should Be Broken Into Smaller Pieces, This Shouldn’t Be An All Or Nothing Approach. Pennsylvania’s senior Democratic official is breaking away from President Obama when it comes to his jobs bill.  U.S. Sen. Bob Casey says the president’s legislative strategy won’t work. … “I’m afraid if we tried to pass one big bill, I think there’s a lot of skepticism about big pieces of legislation with all kinds of different component parts. We should break this up.” … Casey says given the politics, the only way a Republican House and Democratic Senate will enact any jobs legislation is a different strategy that allows all ideas to be considered separately. … “Why not have a series of votes on job creation strategies – five votes, 10 votes, I don’t care if it’s 25 votes.” … Casey says he doesn’t support everything in the president’s bill … (KDKA, 9/15/11)
  • Sen. Manchin: If Spending Money Was The Answer, This Would Already Be Over. As for creating job growth, Sen. Manchin said he had “serious reservations” about some of the ideas put forth in Obama’s jobs bill.  “If spending money solved our crises, we would be okay,” Manchin said. “When the President first spoke to Congress, I had some serious reservations. After we did a breakdown on the numbers, I was even more skeptical. At $450 billion, it is a tremendous cost, with a doubtful return on investment.” Manchin said he worries that the bill includes ideas that have been tried before and failed, at tremendous cost to taxpayers. (Williamson Daily News, 9/18/11)
  • Sen. Feinstein Remains Skeptical The President’s Plan Will Actually Put Americans Back To Work. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said she won’t vote for the it unless she’s convinced it will help employment in her economically hard-hit state.  “We have the highest unemployment. We have the most people. We have the biggest problems in terms of state and local cuts. So, I need some specificity,” she said.  (CNN, 9/15/11)
  • Sen. Carper: The Best Approach To Jobs Is Through Entitlement and Tax Reform, Not What The President Has Put Forward. “I think the best jobs bill that can be passed is a comprehensive long-term deficit-reduction plan,” said Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), discussing proposals to slash the debt by $4 trillion by overhauling entitlement programs and raising revenue through tax reforms. “That’s better than everything else the president is talking about — combined.” (Politico, 9/14/11)
  • Sen. Tester’s Spokesman Says The Senator Is Against The President’s Proposal. “I can say that Jon is against the president’s proposal,” Murphy told HOH. (Roll Call, 9/22/11)
  • Sen. Bill Nelson’s Spokesman Indicates Nelson Is Opposed To President Obama’s Plan To Raise Taxes On Small Business Owners. In Florida, Sen. Bill Nelson has also been noticeably quiet about the American Jobs Act … spokesman for the senator told POLITICO that Nelson wants more time to look at the 80 pages of details.  “He’s already said he would support some of the things in it … But I don’t know that he’d back higher taxes on individuals making more than $200,000,” said spokesman Dan McLaughlin. (Politico, 9/20/11)
  • Senior Dem Aide: “Nobody Is All That Excited About The President’s Jobs Bill.”  Prospects for passage in the Senate appeared doubtful as most legislation needs support from both parties in order to advance. … Moderate Democrats in the Senate have objected to some of the tax increases Obama has proposed to pay for the bill.  “Nobody is all that excited about the president’s jobs bill,” a senior Democratic aide said.  (Reuters, 10/3/11)
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