“Do we still need help from Congress on jobs?”


By @SuzyKhimm

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.”


Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)