Senate Republicans Finally Succumb to Pressure from American People

November 10, 2011

Senate Republicans Finally Succumb to Pressure from American People, Step Out of the Way of A Job Creation Initiative for First Time Since the President Took Office and Allow the "VOW to Hire Heroes Act" to Move Forward

Americans United for Change: “It’s About Time, But Not Nearly Enough. Time for Senate GOP to Pass All Elements of the American Jobs Act Now.  Time for GOP to Stop Deliberately Keeping Millions of Americans Out of Work Rather Than See Millionaires Like Themselves Pay Pennies on the Dollar More in Taxes” 


Washington DC – Americans United for Change executive director Tom McMahon issued the following statement in response to the advancement of the “VOW to Hire Heroes Act” in the U.S. Senate today, a component of the American Jobs Act that would give tax credits to companies that hire out-of-work veterans, boost existing tax credits for companies that hire veterans with service-related disabilities, and includes bi-partisan provisions to ensure that all service members transitioning to civilian life receive the job training skills they need to find a job: 


“After Senate Republicans reflexively blocked the American Jobs Act on its face and after just saying NO THREE times to individual elements of the jobs planmany Americans were left wondering if they could put politics aside for once to support the part of the President’s plan that would help put our nation’s veterans back to work.  On the eve on Veterans’ Day, it is a relief to see that even Senator Mitch “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president” McConnell could not bring himself to say No to jobs for our brave men and woman returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan – especially after already saying No to hundreds of thousands of jobs for our brave fire fighters, cops, and teachers.  It is about time Senate Republicans got out of the way of job creation initiative for the first time since this President took office, but it is not nearly enough.  It is time they listen to the vast majority of the American people who want them to act on the entirety of the President’s Jobs Act now and to prove wrong the half of the American people who believe they are deliberately trying to sabotage the economy for political gain.    So what’s it going to be: continue playing politics and protecting tax breaks for millionaires like themselves and subsidies for big oil for the next 12 months, or putting 1.9 million Americans to work tomorrow?”