Obama Encourages Bipartisan Job Growth Initiatives
President Barack Obama met Tuesday with Congressional leaders to discuss initiatives to spur job growth on American soil. Despite many key disagreements, Obama believes Republicans and Democrats can work together on bipartisan efforts to reduce unemployment.
With the unemployment rate hovering around ten percent—and the actual number of unemployed even higher than that—it's a crucial time to work together to restore the American job market. Republicans have made a concerted effort to block any real change Obama or the Democrats have proposed, but this is one key issue that we can't play around with.
Currently there is a bipartisan jobs bill in the works in the Senate. Whether or not it will be too laden with compromises to accomplish anything remains to be seen, but hopefully job creation is as important to Republicans as it is to Democrats, and the welfare of the American people will come before partisan politics.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn't appear to be taking any chances. Though he hopes for a bipartisan solution, he is willing to push through a Democrat-backed bill if Republicans fail to offer their support. It's about time that the Democrats toughen up and start using some of their political muscle—let's not forget that they still do have a majority!—to get work done so Americans can get back to work.