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Harkin Statement on the Senate American Jobs Act Vote

October 11, 2011

Harkin Statement on the Senate American Jobs Act Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement on the ongoing filibuster of President Obama’s jobs bill by Senate Republicans.  Harkin chairs both the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Appropriations subcommittee that funds health, education and labor initiatives.

“Millions of Americans continue to look for work unsuccessfully, because the jobs just simply do not exist.  And while the economy lags, Senate Republicans continue to demonstrate a callous disregard for the most pressing issues facing our nation: joblessness and lack of economic growth.  

“Today’s obstruction of President Obama’s job creation plans shows that Senate Republicans feel it is more important to be against the President than to be for jobs and the middle class.  Having already blocked other job creating legislation this year, including a small business bill and an economic development bill, it is hardly surprising, though no less disappointing, that Republicans would put politics ahead of Americans who are trying to make ends meet.

“It is time to end the political infighting in Washington and pass the American Jobs Act so that we can create jobs, renew federal unemployment benefits and get our economy moving again.”