Obama's Jobs Act DOA? Plan Gets Little Support

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President Barack Obama is making good on his promise to take his jobs plan coast to coast. But he's a long way from getting it passed through Congress.

"What's Congress waiting for?" Obama challenged. "Send me the American Jobs Act so I can sign it into law."
    
But to do that he'll have to win over members of his own party like Blue Dog Democrat Heath Shuler.

"The most important thing is to get our fiscal house in order. Then we can talk about other aspects of job creation," the North Carolina representative said.

The president has traveled the country demanding Congress, "pass this bill." But in fact, there is no bill because there is no congressional sponsor. Seton Motley, with Less Government has more, following this report.

"I have serious questions about the level of spending that President Obama proposed, as well as the actual effectiveness some of these policies will have when it comes to creating jobs and restoring confidence in our economy," Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said.

Meanwhile, other liberals wonder if the president's plan goes far enough.

"We're talking about 25 million people who are either unemployed or under-employed, and the question is whether this proposal is going to put enough people to work to really make a difference," Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., remarked.

As the president travels the nation, trying to garner support from Americans, a Bloomberg National Poll finds lackluster public support.
    
According to the survey, 51 percent of Americans doubt the president's plan will improve the nation's jobless rate. Sixty-two percent disapprove of the president's handling of the economy.    
    
Some lawmakers have suggested the president's plan would be more palatable if it was broken up into pieces, suggesting Americans tend to be skeptical of large, complex legislation.

A White House official said the president would sign pieces of his plan but made it clear he wants all the pieces.

Despite hesitations from some Democratic senators, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he'll sponsor Obama's legislation but won't introduce it right away.

So far, there is no declared sponsor in the House -- although Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi,D-Calif., promises there will be.

"In fact, people are standing in line out on the steps of the Capitol, trying to be the one to be the first sponsor of the legislation," she said.
    
Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has sent the president's plan to the Congressional Budget Office where it's being analyzed.   

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