In his speech before Congress on September 8 to announce his $450 billion second stimulus, President Obama demanded over and over that Congress “pass this bill.” At the time he spoke those words, it later was revealed, there was no bill to pass—the White House had not finished drafting it.
The administration finally sent legislation to Congress on September 12, and yesterday in Denver the president criticized Congress for its delay in passing the bill. “My question to Congress is: What on earth are we waiting for? Let’s get to work,” the president said.
Well, here is one thing we have been waiting for: someone in the president’s own party to introduce the bill in the House. The Daily Caller reports that, while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had introduced the bill in the Senate, no one had bothered to introduce the bill in the House until a few days ago on September 21. Moreover, the bill currently has no co-sponsors in either the House or Senate. According to The Daily Caller:
Both versions, H.R. 12 and S. 1549, contain the same language and have no co-sponsors. “Members have not been asked to co-sponsor the bill. Instead, members have asked that the GOP leadership bring it up so we can address the need for job creation in this country,” a senior Democratic aide told The D.C. “We weren’t chasing co-sponsors.”
Clearly this is a serious legislative effort. No truth whatsoever to the allegations that this is a purely political exercise.