NBC NEWS/ALL IN with CHRIS HAYES
When President Obama sent his jobs plan to Congress in 2011, he warned that a failure to act would stomp on the recovery. “It’s not okay at a time of great urgency and need across the country,” he said at the time. “Folks are out of work. Businesses are having trouble staying open.”
Congress voted the $447 billion bill down and has since done more to hurt the economy than help it, dragging the country through one self-imposed budget crisis after another. But in spite of it all, the economy has still made slow but steady progress as private hiring, consumer spending, and housing prices have all picked up.
So does it even matter whether Congress gets its act together or not, since the economy is improving anyway?
Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Florida Democrat, still believes there’s far more that the government can do to speed along the recovery. Next week, she’s planning to reintroduce a revamped version of Obama’s original jobs act to boost infrastructure spending, tax cuts, and the safety net, with a new provision that would reverse sequestration’s automatic spending cuts for fiscal years 2014 to 2021.
“We’re going to fight because people are unemployed, and we’re finding this is getting worse with sequestration,” said Wilson, who has 12 co-sponsors for the bill so far, as well as the blessing of the White House. “If we just say, ‘Oh, we’ll we’re not going to do anything,’ there’s no need for us to be here.”
- President Barack Obama Endorses Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (bloggingblackmiami.com)
- Austerity Discredited, Not Defeated – Time to Fight for Jobs and Growth (ourfuture.org)
- President Obama endorses Rep. Frederica Wilson (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Obama Sees 2013 Deficit Lowest in Five Years, GDP Growth at 2.0% (bloomberg.com)
- Jobs Report: ‘New Normal’ Is Neither New, Normal nor Acceptable (ourfuture.org)
- U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson Sworn in to the 113th Congress (bloggingblackmiami.com)
- Austerity Discredited, Not Defeated – Time to Fight for Jobs and Growth (12160.info)
- Frederica Wilson seeks to keep Trayvon Martin case in spotlight (tampabay.com)