By Ramsey Cox
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) praised July’s job growth but said Republicans should be working with Democrats to pass more jobs bills instead of voting to sue the president.
“Rather than focus on job creation, House Republicans have voted to sue the president,” Reid said Friday. “Senate Republicans have blocked votes to raise the minimum wage, ensure equal pay for women, and make college more affordable for middle class families.”
Earlier this week, House Republicans voted 225-201 to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama for his use of executive orders.
Reid said the numbers could have been better if Democrats' legislation had passed. Senate Democrats have forced votes on raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment insurance and ensuring women get equal pay for equal work, but Republicans have blocked those measures from advancing.
“When we return in September, Senate Democrats stand ready to pass legislation creating jobs, cutting taxes for businesses and middle-class families, renewing the Export-Import Bank, and extending the Internet Tax Freedom Act,” Reid said. “It is my hope that Republicans will put politics aside and join us in acting on critical legislation that ensures a fair shot for all Americans.”
Congress will recess at the end of Friday for the five-week August recess. Both chambers are scheduled to return on Sept. 8.