Democrats vow to press ahead with other parts of President Obama's jobs bill, after the Senate last night shot down key provisions that would have provided $35 billion to prevent the layoffs of more than 400,000 teachers, police and firefighters. The Democrats had wanted to pay for the $35 billion plan with a .5% surtax on people making more than $1 million a year.
President Obama, who has spent much of the past two weeks promoting his jobs plan, lashed out at Republicans.
“For the second time in two weeks, every single Republican in the United States Senate has chosen to obstruct a bill that would create jobs and get our economy going again,” Obama said. “That’s unacceptable.”
Now Democrats will try to pass additional pieces of the president’s jobs plan, like extending the payroll tax, putting more money into infrastructure projects and giving businesses incentives to hire more employees.
This segment aired on October 21, 2011.