Every Single Senate Republican Voted against Infrastructure Plan Which Would Have Created Jobs

Senate Republicans voted against jobs, blocking a $60 billion measure for building and repairing infrastructure like roads and rail lines.

Supporters said the measure would have created tens of thousands of construction jobs and lifted the still-struggling economy. But Republicans unanimously opposed it for its tax surcharge on the wealthy and spending totals they said were too high. And this is from the party that feigns to support the middle class.

Mitch McConnell, Roy Blunt






The 51-49 vote fell well short of the 60 votes.

The AP reported, “Every Republican opposed the president, as did Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska and former Democrat Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., who still aligns with the party.”

Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell said, “The truth is, Democrats are more interested in building a campaign message than in rebuilding roads and bridges. And frankly, the American people deserve a lot better than that.”

Obama slammed Republicans in an unusually tough statement issued by the White House.

“The American people deserve to know why their Republican representatives in Washington refuse to put some of the workers hit hardest by the economic downturn back on the job rebuilding America,” Obama said. “It’s time for Republicans in Congress to put country ahead of party and listen to the people they were elected to serve. It’s time for them to do their job and focus on Americans’ jobs.”

Are you mad yet?

This was in 2011, and now Republicans are critical of Obama’s economy, even though it’s prospering and his administration has had to do so while at odds with the GOP. How many more jobs could there have been by now?

For the record: This was published just a few days before the bridge in Washington collapsed.

Image: Huffington Post.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sharon-Gibson/1369242215 Sharon Gibson

    This is a damned shame.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kolleen.snyder Kolleen M Snyder

      No, a bus load of senators going over a cliff with one seat empty is a damn shame. This level of political cowardice cannot continue. We need a “clean”bill with no irrelevant amendments We need modern transportation and information networks in addition to education and retraining for our young people and our displaced adult workers.

  • pnad

    Mitch and Rand Paul needs to get voted out. I’m so sick and tired of the crap that is spewed from their mouths.

    • Martin Klein

      Facebook friends with you? I need to sound off every once in a while against those GOP.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580389054 Drew Sidener

    That quote from McConnell is double speak at its finest. The GOP just voted down a bill that would fund rail and road construction, then criticizes the Democrats for not being interested in either. One thing he is right about, the American people deserve a lot better, but as long as the turtle is around, we aren’t going to get it.

    • http://www.krafft.com/ Thomas

      McConnell at one point called an infrastructure bill a “joke” – and two days later, a key thoroughfare and bridge in his home state had to be shut down for severe structural and safety issues. The closure has impacted people, business and commerce that depended on that bridge, in dollar figures many times what it would have cost to get the bridge structurally sound. And these types of calculations don’t even include the boost to local economies as more workers collect more paychecks, and then spend them on everything from food to cars or houses. As always, Republican leaders and the GOP have no long term vision – or, if they do, it’s certainly not going to promote the general welfare of all Americans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carla.r.bell Carla Riley Bell

    It is probably because most highway jobs are completed by union companies, and they are soooo against that! Heaven forbid that someone might make a decent wage so as to provide for their family.

    • David Tuttle

      Not in Florida!

      • http://www.facebook.com/ROBERTAWEEKS26 Robert Weeks

        David, you’re right. Us Floridians need to change our government from republican to democrat.

        • David Tuttle

          We have a good shot at getting rid of Scott but I doubt we’ll be able to clean out the legislature.

  • TruckerMark

    It would have been more-correct if you had described Ben Nelson as a Republicrat, and over time Joe Lieberman, otherwise known as Joe Jerusalem, has done some mighty conservative things too.

    The Republican goal for America is to return us to the worst abuses of the robber-baron era while a lucky few become robber-barons in the process, so why would other Americans need jobs, which would increase the possibility that someone might ask for a raise or move to a better job?

  • Sally

    So this is the new America. A majority of the Senate votes FOR and the bill fails. Pitiful.

  • Steve
  • http://twitter.com/KaintGetRight Micia Sakowitz

    As long as we have a faction of people who value their bigotry and hatred over them and their family’s best interest these are the kind of politicians you’ll get.

  • Brett Schneider

    Wait just a fucking minute. Joe Lieberman has been out of office since Jan. 2013, so is this story really from 2012, or 2011? What gives?

  • cdelaigle

    Proving once again that they are the POS (Party of Slime) that they each and every one ARE. It is collusion, conspiracy, and therefore, sedition. They should all be under arrest and charged with the federal crime of sedition. Now all we need is an Attorney General with the cojones to do it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Anderson/800759414 Tim Anderson

    Eisenhower had a 90 percent tax rate on high earners, and he had the Interstate highway system to pump money into THE MIDDLE CLASS. And the kicker is he had a balanced budget, the last republican to do that btw. You can have high tax rates and jobs….anything else is a lie spewed by republicans. If the people of Kentucky want to languish in substandard leadership with McConnell…I guess there’s nothing we can do about it. But the rest of the country can vote democrats into Congress in 2014.

    • James McMillin

      Getting more Dems elected is one way to help weaken Senator “No”, but there are many of us in Kentucky who have been disgusted with this fraud and have been working for years to get him out. He is running scared now because we almost succeeded in his last election. But, he has the money to convince too many in KY that he has the power they don’t want to lose, so they keep him in office. Trouble is they don’t realize HOW he uses his power against the good of the people. He’s a master at manipulation and using the Senate rules to thwart, obstruct, derail, delay and destroy what is not in his interest and ANYTHING that the President favors… even if the Reflubs first proposed it.

      If you have a corporation that supports or donates to McConnell in your state, please let them know you will work to reduce their customer share and their profits. That may help. If you can think of other ways to keep McConnell’s disgusting behaviors in plain view, please do so to help Kentuckians realize his staying in office is NOT in their or the country’s best interest.

      • ViperGA

        If high earners were taxed at 90% as you say, then why did Eisenhower need to create the Interstate highway system to pump up the middle class? It sounds like distribution of wealth didn’t work in making the middle class lives better. So all this talk from Democrats that no one is paying there fair share is a bunch of BS.

        • Personwithreason

          Sadly, Viper, you haven’t a CLUE about economics. The tax rates in the entire 1950’s were 91-92%, the ENTIRE decade, the highest in history, while unemployment was at its LOWEST at 3%. NO ONE actually PAID 90%, and that money was NOT about “re-distributing the wealth” – which currently stands at 6% of the TOTAL nation’s wealth being in the hands of 80% of the people to share, while 94% of the nation’s wealth rests in 20%, though the 1% actually own nearly HALF of ALL wealth in the nation. Building roads, bridges, dams, rails, hospitals, schools – the entire INFRASTRUCTURE that allows these corporations to prosper – is essential for a healthy nation. JOBS are the by-product of all that building activity. When someone is working they pay TAXES instead of draw welfare or foodstamps, etc., and they buy goods and services thereby creating ADDITIONAL JOBS. For some reason during the period of the LOWEST tax rates in over 60 years unemployment remained its highest since the Great Depression, despite all those “job creators” paying miniscule taxes, and 25% of the top 500 companies in America paid ZERO in taxes, or like GE received over $3 BILLION in subsidies. Wake up, man. Seriously. You vote against not only YOURSELF but your nation’s health every time you cast a vote for a Republican.

        • Dale Top

          Using the phrase “redistribution of wealth” is like wave a giant red flag that says “I’m clueless”. The wealth has been funneled into such a small percentage of the population that it is almost impossible to expect good growth in things like jobs. A more rational distribution is exactly what is needed. Unfortunately there are still enough clueless people out there, who think it would be a bad thing if the rich got poorer and everybody else got some cash in their pockets.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000892746763 Kenny Green

          Looks like he knocked out two birds with one stone.

  • Dave Brown

    Look if it does anything for the average guy, trying to make a living the GOPeer’s will find something to make it bad for the “country”. Country being the wealthy 2 or 3 percent of the US. The party is not conservative they are Pro business, without any government oversight or regulation, simple as that, so we get to choose in 2014 and again in 2016.

  • brandon

    When are we going to be able to pass a bill with a majority vote(51) instead of a super majority(60)?!! Did the Republicans threaten a filibuster on this bill too?!!! Damn it!!! Do your damn JOB, put people back to work!!! This is sickening to me, it really is!

  • JustSaying

    Yes this story is from November 3, 2011. You can find this if you click on “reports” next to AP in the story. It is a big stupid thing the GOP did, but its not new so its not news.

  • Rick227

    This from the party that ran on Job creation in the last primary election …..And what have they done to produce more jobs since then???? Vote on repealing the Affordable Health Care Act no less than 37 times. And filibuster anything and everything proposed by the democrats to try and get us out of the mess that they left this country in………Absolutely despicable and no less than treasonous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ronnie.brunner.1 Ronnie Brunner

    Worst congress in the entire history of the USA!! I will probably “NEVER” vote for another Repub as long as I live (very, very few exceptions)!!

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  • Carolyn Selvage

    51 votes should have been enough to pass the bill but no these ?????’s want to filibuster every bill that will help the people and pour country!

  • AuntInAZ

    I know this story is true, because this vote definitely did happen, and more than once. However, I was a little unsure of the date myself.

  • VLH

    This is very misleading….the report and vote referred to in this blog post was from November 3, 2011.

    • Personwithreason

      So, it is “misleading” because it didn’t occur yesterday? In other words, things that occurred a year or more ago didn’t really happen? Come on. There is NOTHING misleading about it. The GOP has NO interest in the health of this nation whatsoever. They have ONE interest, and that is political power and money for themselves and their cronies. One can draw no other conclusion if simply stepping back and looking at their actions.

      • ascawyghost

        I think the author revisited this decision because every year more and more bridges, roads, and power-lines (along with power-plants) are added to the list of infrastructure that has degraded to the point of being hazardous to everyday people. On top of the risk an old bridge can cause to the everyday citizen, it can also disrupt trade pretty seriously.

        So regardless of how old it may be, it’s a perfect example of politicians putting their party above their constituents. If these senators really cared about the middle-class, or about our country (OR business for that matter) they would have passed the bill to put people back to work, while improving our nations ability to grow.

        The worst part is that when conservatives make the argument that we just don’t have the money to repair our roads, they’re completely missing the point that if there’s a catastrophic failure of any kind, it’s going to end up costing much more than the repairs would have.

    • Dale Top

      Actually what this story does is point out the long term effects of neo con policies. If they had passed the legislation to fix things like that bridge, maybe it wouldn’t have fallen down. But not being able to come to that conclusion on your own would point to why you might vote for shortsighted people like most republicans.

  • VLH

    A new story, opinion piece, or blog post based on a story from November 3, 2011. Very misleading.

    • Dale Top

      It’s only misleading if you can’t read more than the headline. The last line of the article gives the date of the vote. So no it isn’t misleading, but your reading comprehension might need a little work.

  • http://chadlupkes.blogspot.com Chad Lupkes

    We’re not going to be able to vote these people out of office as long as they are able to keep the American People distracted by their fake “controversies”. Am I mad yet? I’m not quite made enough to pick up a torch or a pitchfork, but they’re pushing me really, really close.

  • conserned citizen

    Does anyone know what bill number this is or what date it was voted on? I looked up the voting records on 5/16/2013 and I am not finding it. I would like to read the bill to see how it is worded and if ther are any riders.

    • Personwithreason

      I believe this was from Nov. 3, 2011. That does NOT make this post “misleading” as some have tried to assert. My god, what difference does it make WHEN they did this? It does not change the fact that it is what they have done, just as they voted down the jobs for veterans bill. They are simply evil slimeballs that truly meet every definition of the word traitor that exists. In a time of war they are deliberately sabotaging the nation’s economy with their evil nonsense. Sickening. How could someone, anyone, try to cover for these evil rat bas…rds by sniveling it didn’t happen today? The end result is the same and their intentions remain the same: continue their level best to HURT the nation’s people and its economy.

  • Sarah VanBeek

    We just had a major bridge collapse here in WA, but don’t worry, we don’t need anyone working on fixing it.

  • a2phil

    I’m not surprised, f***ing a**holes!!

  • Dion Argueta

    We’re supposed to live in a democracy? I think the common sense thing to do would be to just get rid of the Republican Party and do away with it? If that happened maybe we can start to fix our broken system. Their supposed to be servants of the people if they don’t serve the people they should be fired. As a matter of fact if they do away with parties period we might be better off? This is the modern age, I think we should give our government a facelift and remodeling, modernize it!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ted-Coppock/613835062 Ted Coppock

    Mitch McConnell is God’s gift to making sure we continue to have a bad economy economy

  • http://www.facebook.com/frank.szabo Ferenc Szab√≥

    It’s not surprising for most, especially foreign people. They just say, “It’s America after all, and this is how they do it, this is the norm.”

  • Peter Gatliff

    I know how to fix this problem. If a bridge falls down the congressman or senator that voted against fixing it should be impeached or forced to resign. Somebody gets killed the familys of the victims file manslaughter charges.

  • Bob

    Good – they saw the way 0bama used the 2009 “stimulus” money to pay off his rich masters and stopped him from doing it again.

  • RogersParker

    My cousin is a union iron worker. I talked to him a couple of weeks ago and he’s considering moving to Canada b/c he can’t find work here! In Chicago! During construction season! Something’s wrong with this picture.


      It’s called republicans. That’s what is wrong with our country.


    In 2009 our country was headed for another great depression. And Obama turned this country around. Besides, dear sir that stimulus was a joint effort between your Bush and Obama, they were told in a joint meeting with Ben Bernanky <spelling?) that if something wasn't done we were going to go into a depression