Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the following statement on the Senate's vote last night to block the American Jobs Act, President Obama's $447 billion jobs package:
"In 2009, President Obama promised the American people that if Congress passed his more than $800 billion stimulus package, unemployment would not exceed 8 percent. Yet since the stimulus bill was passed, unemployment has averaged 9.4 percent, and the Obama economy has produced the worst unemployment record since the Great Depression.
"Last night, President Obama was unable to get enough support from his own party to pass his all-or-nothing jobs bill, the American Jobs Act, which was essentially a smaller, recycled version of the failed 2009 stimulus package.
"Despite the President's calls for immediate passage of his bill, wiser heads prevailed, and taxpayers were spared from another rushed, costly, and ill-conceived bill containing policies that have fallen short of growing our economy and getting Americans back to work.
"Since the Senate has now closed the door on the American Jobs Act in its entirety, we will begin the process of voting on elements of this bill in a piecemeal fashion, ensuring transparent and robust debate over the merits of each individual proposal. This is what Republicans have called for from the beginning, and I look forward to working with the president and my colleagues in the House to put forward pro-growth policies that will create jobs and restore confidence in the American economy and in our political process."