Pass President Barack Obama’s jobs plan in pieces? House Democrats say no.Note: The president hasn't introduced anything yet (holding up my hand in the form of a zero for emphasis). And I wonder which one finger Pelosi was raising to America?
Democratic leaders in the lower chamber said they were determined that Obama’s yet-to-be-written jobs legislation be considered in one sweeping bill, instead of picking the package apart to pass pieces that both Democrats and Republicans could agree on.
“He introduced it as one bill,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday, raising one finger for emphasis.
“It doesn’t mean that every piece of what the president was saying, that everybody was saying ‘oh my gosh, I’m so glad about that,’” she said during her weekly press conference. “But this is, again, a compromise.”I'll let you in on a little secret - the Democrats know this bill can't pass in one piece and they're fine with that. They don't want a solution, they want the issue. They want to be able to beat up Republicans for the next year for not passing Obama's bill that would have SAVED AMERICA! If the bill passed and the economy continued to stagger despite billions given to Dem constituencies (which is the overall plan), the Dems would be on the hook for the results. If there's no bill and the economy staggers, it's the GOP's fault for not SAVING AMERICA!
Of course, Pelosi no longer sets the House schedule, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said following Obama’s speech Thursday that Republican leaders will peel off the most passable items in the measure – such as free-trade agreements and relief for small businesses.
On Friday, House Democrats took issue with the piecemeal method.