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Harry Reid: Obama’s Jobs Bill ‘Pretty Well Jammed’ in the Dem-Controlled Senate

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By Doug Powers  •  September 21, 2011 03:51 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Everybody remembers this:

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How much does Harry Reid heart Obama? Well, a lot… it’s just that he’s, you know, got other stuff to do right now:

Almost two weeks after President Obama spoke on jobs before a joint session of Congress, and demanded that Congress “pass this bill,” the Senate has done precious little to move forward on the president’s demand.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., admitted Monday that the Senate floor was “pretty well jammed now,” suggesting that there may not be time to move on the bill until next month. The Senate has been working through the Trade Adjustment Assistance this week, as well as the Continuing Resolution and FEMA funding. Next week, the Senate has a planned recess for the Jewish new Year Rosh Hashanah. Reid has indicated the first item up after that is Chinese currency.

If Reid wanted to bring Obama’s jobs bill to the Senate floor for debate and a vote, of course he could, as Reid sets the Senate schedule. He has not done so yet, which is perhaps most telling about how he believes the Democratic caucus feels about the jobs bill.

Then the following week Reid has the cowboy poet cookout and then he’ll be introducing a resolution to make October “National Sock Drawer Re-Arranging Appreciation Month,” but at some point after that he’ll get on the jobs bill that can’t wait.

Bill Clinton didn’t exactly light a fire under Democrats yesterday to get them to move on the jobs bill, either. President Obama supposedly needs to impose the “Buffett Rule” to pay for the log jammed Porkulus II, and Clinton said now is not the time to raise taxes on the wealthy. A couple of days ago Clinton was less vehement. Read into that what you will.

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