The debate over job creation continues on Capitol Hill. Speaker John Boehner presented his approach in speech, while President Obama continues to push his proposal. David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, has an analysis of the jobs situation, as well as on a bill that helped prevent a partial FAA shutdown.
Gridlock persists on job creation
In his speech on Thursday, Boehner said tax increases should not be included in any supercommitee deficit reduction plan. According to Hawkings, Boehner seems to be backing away from the conciliatory approach, which has surprised the White House.
"Things don't look good for those hoping for a break from the gridlock," says Hawkings. "Not only did he say no new revenue to pay for the jobs bill, but he also said no new revenue to help close that big budget gap. And he even said none of the short-term tax breaks that the president was suggesting. The president has been offering some sort of short-term tax incentive to try and get the jobs bills through."
Boehner also said he would also consider a tax increase if the Bush-era tax cuts were allowed to lapse.
Senate approved bill preventing partial FAA shutdown
The Senate approved a bill preventing a partial FAA shutdown. According to Hawkings, Sen. Tom Coburn relented and allowed the bill to go through. He said he was promised that the policy change he wants on a different transportation matter would go through.
But no sooner had he said that that the Chairwoman of the Transportation Committee in the Senate Barbara Boxer said no such promise was made.
Senate passed D.C. Appropriations bill
In the D.C. Appropriations bill the Senate passed Thursday, The democrats, who run the committee, left the District alone in terms of social policy riders.
"Most notably, there's no mention in the Senate's version of the bill about how the District views its tax dollars on things such as paying for abortions by poor women," says Hawkings. "The House, however, has a different approach. Their version of the bill would restrict that. Similarly the Senate bill would provide enough money to continue construction of the biggest public works projects in the District, which is a new Coast Guard headquarters across the Anacostia; the republican bill would not."
These are two of hundreds of disagreements between the House and Senate on matters that have to do with the District and everything else.