Jobs Bill Battle

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Friday, October 7, 2011 - 9:20am

Protests spread across the country, as lawmakers battle over the jobs bill.

New jobs numbers come out today, and analysts aren't expecting much change.

Meantime the "Occupy Wall Street" protests have spread from New York, to Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, the West Coast, and Washington. "The corporate greed machines who are supposed to be creating jobs for us because of their tax cuts are holding on to the money that they're collecting from the tax cuts and no jobs are trickling down," said "Occupy Wall Street" Tampa Protester, Kelley Johnson.

Today analysts expect the new jobs report to show more jobs were created last month - but with little or no impact on the unemployment rate.

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are grappling with how to pay for the President's 447 billion dollar jobs bill, and we're seeing some of that same raw emotion. "You were gonna win on this bill -- you didn't need to jam us," said Senate Minority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

"There has to be an end to this," proclaimed Senate Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV).

Republicans are trying to force a vote on the plan -- to prove all Democrats aren't behind it.

Democrats want to wait till their revised version comes out next week, which may include a five percent tax on millionaires.

President Obama says he's alright with that: "I'm fine with the approach that they're taking," he said.

Members of the G.O.P. claim all these changes to legislation won’t change a thing on Main Street. "Proposing a partisan tax hike 13 months before an election won't create one single job - not ONE,” said Senate Minority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Republicans are accusing the President of spending more time campaigning, and not enough time governing.

Tracie Potts, NBC News.
 

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