“The president’s advisors have said they’re counting on a do-nothing Congress,” continued McConnell. “That’s why we’ll be voting on legislation today that’s designed to fail.”

The stimulus language being pushed by Obama and Democratic leadership would spend about $447 million in the short-term and be paid for over 10-years with a tax hike on those earning more than one-million dollars annually.

McConnell’s speech came on the heels of a speech from Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThis week: Congress awaits Comey testimony Will Republicans grow a spine and restore democracy? Racial representation: A solution to inequality in the People’s House MORE (D-Nev.) in which he promoted the job's legislation in familiar terms.

"This work is essential and Americans are desperate for the jobs it would create,” said Reid in response to a challenge from Republican Sen. Bob CorkerBob CorkerClinton administration official knocks 'soap opera' of Trump White House Trump's steps on Iran show cooperation with Congress is possible Senate GOP short on ideas for stabilizing ObamaCare markets MORE (Tenn.) over timing of the vote on Obama's bill.

Reid’s last-minute promotion of the bill comes before a vote in which it will almost certainly fail to move forward as all Republicans and some moderate Democrats are opposed to it.