Apparently the Senate’s resident cowboy poetry fan doesn’t share Obama’s sense of urgency.
(AP) — Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Republicans won’t support President Barack Obama’s jobs plan, but he still wants them to vote on the sweeping $450 billion economic recovery effort.
Reid said he won’t immediately take up Obama’s plan because the Senate must tackle other issues first. He didn’t specify which bills would receive priority over Obama’s economic solution.
Reid’s comments came during his first Twitter town hall, where the Nevada Democrat fielded questions from voters on job creation, tax cuts, online poker, the housing market and other issues. Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 12.9 percent. The national jobless rate is 9.1 percent.
“America has never ever seen the poverty that we see now,” Reid said. “We don’t have to be mathematicians to understand that that’s not good for our country.”