Senator Johanns doubts it will work. Senator Nelson wants Congress to give it a chance.
It is President Obama’s jobs bill. The president has gone on a tour through the country to campaign for the $447 billion measure he presented to a joint session of Congress a week ago.
“We continue to look through what he’s proposing, but in the struggling economy the president has proposed more temporary stimulus measures paid for with permanent tax increases,” Sen. Johanns told news reporters during a conference call.
Johanns said the $878 billion economic stimulus plan approved early in the Obama Administration proved ineffective. He doesn’t expect a smaller version to do any better.
Senator Nelson says Congress needs to give the president a fair hearing and engage in debate on job creation, something he contends Congress isn’t doing.
“What’s most important now is for Congress to debate his ideas and other ideas,” Nelson stated during his conference call with reporters. “Washington needs to stop what I’ve called job-killing gridlock. It’s killed the certainty that businesses in Nebraska and nationally need to decide how to create jobs, or whether to create jobs, expand jobs and get people working again who want a job.”
Nelson contends the political bickering in Congress has undermined the faith business owners have in the economy.
Both Nelson and Johanns advocate easing federal regulations as a vehicle to move the economy forward. Both also have expressed support for signing pending trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Columbia.