Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding continued Republican efforts to block job-creating legislation. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
This week Republicans proved once again that the only jobs they care about are their own.
They voted against a plan to create 2 million American jobs because they believed it was good Republican politics.
Meanwhile, 14 million unemployed Americans are worried about how they are going to make the rent, put food on the table and fill the gas tank to get to job interviews.
Those 14 million Americans couldn’t care less who proposed the plan or who gets the credit. The only thing they care about is that Congress gets to work putting them back to work.
Asked whether they supported a plan that asks millionaires to contribute their fair share to pay for tax cuts for middle-class families and small businesses, construction of roads and schools and an extension of unemployment benefits, Americans overwhelmingly said yes, they did support it.
They support it because a quarter of U.S. millionaires pay lower tax rates than many middle-class families.
Sixty-three percent supported the proposals contained in the American Jobs Act, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released yesterday.
Even more – 64 percent – agreed it is a “good idea” to pay for these job-creating programs by asking people who make more than $1 million a year to contribute a little more to our economic recovery.
I repeat: two-thirds of Americans support both the plan Republicans blocked this week, and the way it’s paid for.
Yet still, Republicans unanimously voted against tax cuts, infrastructure investments and jobs for teachers, cops and veterans.
They voted against 2 million jobs for American workers.
My Republican colleagues certainly pay lip service to the unemployment crisis in this country, but in the end actions speak louder than words.
As Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress from the Deep South, once said: “The citizens of America expect more. They deserve and they want more than a recital of problems.”
They demand action. And they deserve it.
Democrats will not let them down.
We will not stop working to pass the proposals contained in the American Jobs Act just because Republicans use every obstructionist trick in the book.
We will continue to ask the richest Americans to share the burden of getting our economy back on track.
And we will never give up the fight to create jobs for the 14 million people in this country who are out of work.