(CNSNews.com) -- House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) today said that he supports President Barack Obama’s $447-billion jobs proposal although he is “not enthusiastic” about the plan’s payroll tax reduction provision.
Hoyer, however, is not listed as a co-sponsor of Obama’s job proposal legislation, which was introduced in the House by Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) on Sept. 21. The bill, the American Jobs Act, was introduced in the Senate on Sept. 12 by Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) but it also has no co-sponsors.
At a briefing with reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Hoyer said: “What the president’s put together – and, very frankly, I’m supportive of the president’s proposal -- [but] I was not enthusiastic nor am I enthusiastic now about reducing the payroll tax.”
“I think that money has got to be paid back later,” he said. “Obviously, we have to make Social Security whole, we are going to protect Social Security. Having said that in the short-term the president’s view is, I think, is accurate that if you’re going to get some sort of stimulus that is additional dollars in the pockets of business and consumers that is a way to do it [and] that the Republicans will support or have supported in the past.”
Hoyer’s comments were in response to a reporter asking, “What are some sort of tweaks that can be made to bring any hesitant Democrats on board” to support the American Jobs Act?
On Sept. 8, President Obama introduced his $447-billion jobs proposal before a joint-session of Congress and has urged immediate passage since that time. The plan calls for extending the employee payroll-tax cut, increasing infrastructure spending, and expanding unemployment insurance benefits, among other things.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), while speaking on the floor Monday, said that his chamber will consider Obama’s jobs plan and urged colleagues from both parties to back the proposal.
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), yesterday said that Obama’s jobs plan is dead.