Rubio's jobs bill gets footing in the House
The much-publicized bipartisan jobs bill introduced this week by Sens. Marco Rubio and Chris Coons got a companion today in the House.
The American Growth, Recovery, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Act is sponsored by Reps. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., and William Keating, D-Mass. "The provisions in the AGREE Act are not only well-known, commonsense and fiscally-responsible, but they are achievable," a news release said.
Rubio concedes the package is not "earth shattering," but he and Coons have managed to get a ton of attention, with a string of TV appearances and news articles (here's ours). On Sunday, the senators will appear on This Week with Christiane Amanpour.
Whether the bill gets enough traction is an open question. The Senate calender is packed and slow moving. Politics may also come into play, with both sides trying to land points with voters on jobs and the economy. If Democrats can't get President Obama's proposals through, why would they give the Republican hotshot Rubio a win?
Rubio and Coons are working it hard, though, and picked up their first co-sponsors: Roy Blunt, R-MO, and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.