Reid: Jobs report proves GOP shouldn’t use economy as ‘bargaining chip’

Earlier this month, Republicans shut down the government for more than two weeks in an effort to defund ObamaCare, but ultimately caved as the government neared default. Congress passed a short-term fiscal bill to reopen the government, raise the debt ceiling and form a budget committee conference. 

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Reid said the fact that only 148,000 jobs were added to the economy in September shows that the budget conference committee should work to invest in job growth and infrastructure.

“This makes the upcoming budget conference even more urgent — to ensure we budget for investments in our economy, in jobs and in infrastructure that support long-term job creation and economic growth,” Reid said. “Our economy needs certainty and the only missing ingredient to achieve that goal is political will from Republicans.”

Republicans are expected to demand spending cuts to entitlements and domestic programs, while Democrats are likely to ask for tax increases and more government spending on infrastructure and job training.

Conferees will have their work cut out for them and will have to report a budget resolution to both chambers by Dec. 13.