Washington, D.C. – Jon Summers, spokesman for Nevada Senator Harry Reid, released the following statement today:
“With today’s GDP numbers showing that our economy is continuing to recover, it’s a shame that Republicans are wasting time with their losing war on health care instead of working with Democrats to create jobs and strengthen the middle class. While Democrats are focused on jobs, Republicans are pushing extreme, ideological plans to fire at least one million workers, explode our deficit by $1 trillion, and end Social Security and Medicare. Republicans should stop playing to their base with political stunts, and start working with Democrats to create jobs, invest in what makes us stronger and cut what doesn’t.”
January 27, 2011
Minutes after the Senate passed a modest rules reform package, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday the next items on his chamber’s agenda will be bills targeting job creation. ??Reid told reporters that he would try that evening to get the ball rolling on a Federal Aviation Administration bill or a “small business innovation bill that would also create jobs.” ??
“We still recognize that our number one issue is jobs,” he said. “We cannot have a robust economy, we cannot do anything about balancing the budget, when we have 15 million people out of work.” ??
Senate Republicans have made it clear what they would like their next major bill to be a vote to repeal the health care overhaul law passed last year. Reid has previously stated that it is unlikely a repeal bill will come to the floor, and he said Thursday that if Republicans want to try to force a vote, he will not have any part of it. ??
“I know the procedures of the Senate, and if the Republicans want to do all those things to people and increase the debt over the next 18 years by about $2 trillion, let them do it, but I’m not going to be part of it,” he said.