This morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said that Congress’ priority right now should be spending money to shore up government jobs.
“It’s very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “It’s the public-sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers, and that’s what this legislation is all about.”
The legislation Reid is referring to is a piece of President Obama’s jobs bill that would spend $35 billion to stimulate the public sector and, in Reid’s words, “put hundreds of thousands of people back to work teaching children, have more police patrolling our streets, firefighters fighting our fires, doing the rescue work that they do so well.” It would be paid for by raising taxes on “millionaires and billionaires.”
Unfortunately for Reid, there is bipartisan opposition to the bill, and despite the urgency that some Democrats have expressed, the Senate is unlikely to vote on the bill until next month. Vice President Biden will visit the Capitol today to rally support for the legislation, and presumably to deliver some edifying remarks, such as these from yesterday, in which he essentially accused opponents of the bill of having no sympathy for rape victims.