Senate Dems introduce bill creating jobs supercommittee

The bill was offered by Sen. Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalSupreme Court wrestles with corruption law Lawmaker calls for probe into 'unusual' Amazon cruise deaths Carter pledges probe of sex assault testimony MORE (D-Conn.), and is co-sponsored by Sens. Mark BegichMark BegichEx-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium Dem ex-lawmakers defend Schumer on Iran MORE (D-Ark.), Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownLawmaker offers bill to impose 'exit tax' on expatriating companies For Clinton, there's really only one choice for veep Let the Democratic veepstakes begin MORE (D-Ohio), Al FrankenAl FrankenSenate passes resolution honoring Prince Senators aim to bolster active shooter training Minnesota senators praise Prince on Senate floor MORE (D-Minn.), Joe ManchinJoe ManchinPennsylvania Senate rivals use Trump, Clinton as ammunition Democrats block energy spending bill over Iran amendment Coal Country’s top lawyer takes on Obama’s EPA MORE (D-W.Va.), Charles SchumerCharles SchumerCruz's dad: Trump 'would be worse than Hillary Clinton' With Ryan’s blessing, lawmakers press ahead with tax reform talks Big business will never appease the Left MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseSenate looks for easy wins amid 2016 gridlock Portman focuses on drug abuse epidemic in new ad The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-R.I.).

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"Congress has failed to act with any sense of urgency to address the unacceptably high unemployment rate," Blumenthal said. "This legislation would help ensure that job creation is at the top of the Senate's agenda, and that Congress is focused on the critically important tasks of encouraging economic growth and creating jobs, and will help break through the legislative logjam."

In a Sept. 6 letter to his Senate colleagues, Blumenthal said that while Congress has acted to address rising deficits, Congress also needs to act to "address the pervasive and pernicious problems that just as seriously imperil our economic future and social fabric."

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