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Reid blocks vote on jobs bill while Obama blasts House for not voting on it

Chris Moody, Yahoo News
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Talk about poor timing.

Moments after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, blocked a Republican motion in the Senate to vote on President Obama's jobs bill, the president's re-election campaign sent out an e-mail blasting House Republicans for not voting on the proposal.

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President Obama is in Dallas today urging Americans who support the American Jobs Act to demand that Congress pass it already.

Though it's been nearly a month since he laid out this plan, House Republicans haven't acted to pass it. And House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is out there actually bragging that they won't even put the jobs package up for a vote -- ever.

It's not clear which part of the bill they now object to: building roads, hiring teachers, getting veterans back to work. They're willing to block the American Jobs Act -- and they think you won't do anything about it.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, tried to force a vote on the president's plan in the upper chamber Tuesday afternoon, but Reid used a procedural tactic to block the bill from coming to the floor. He called the Republican's insistence on a vote a "publicity stunt."

Reid says he plans to vote on the measure by the end of this month.

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