The mantra “It’s the economy, stupid” helped get Bill Clinton elected to the White House. With mid-term elections less than two months away, present-day Democrats are trying to tell voters they get that message. House Democratic leaders made their pitch for legislation to create new jobs.
With the national unemployment rate hovering near 10 percent, voters are angry and Democrats are in danger of losing one or both houses of Congress in the November election.
President Obama wants Congress to approve an additional $50 billion in infrastructure spending to generate more jobs. House GOP leader John Boehner calls that doubling-down “on more of the same failed ‘stimulus’ spending.”
Los Angeles Congressman Xavier Becerra asks, "What’s the alternative? Do nothing? Leave the diving plane on auto-pilot?"
Becerra is vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus. In a conference call with reporters, he and other House Democratic leaders said the administration’s previous stimulus package created or saved millions of jobs. He says Republicans should be forced to tell the American public "what their alternative is to investing in America again."
Lawmakers return to Washington next week for a one-month session. It’s unlikely that any new spending package will secure enough votes before Congress adjourns for the November election.