Coons: Congress has 'put jobs on the back burner'

Coons called on lawmakers to work on legislation that would invest more resources in education, research, American manufacturing, global trade and infrastructure.

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Coons pointed to the fact that 12 million people are still looking for work in America.

“Washington is all too willing to put jobs on the back burner,” Coons said. “At this pace, it will be 2017 before our nation gets close to full employment again. Is that acceptable to you? It certainly isn’t to me.

“When is Washington going to get back to working on jobs?”

Coons said too many Senate bills that would help stimulate the economy have “languished” in the House, but he also pointed out that it’s been several weeks since the Senate attempted to pass legislation aimed at generating more jobs. The last attempt was a veterans’ jobs bill that was blocked by Republicans.

Later Wednesday, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) blamed President Obama's signature healthcare bill, the Affordable Care Act — also known as ObamaCare — for poor job numbers and called for a full repeal of the bill.