Via The Hill:
House Democratic leaders this week are intensifying accusations that Republicans want to sink the economy simply to defeat President Obama in November.
The Democrats say House GOP leaders are sitting on a host of proposals – some of them with broad bipartisan support – that could create jobs immediately. Republicans are refusing to bring those bills to the floor, the Democrats charge, because an improved economy could play to Obama’s advantage in the polls.
“We have enormous tasks in front of us and an obstructionist Congress that refuses to deal with these realities. This is creating a perfect storm for November,” Rep. John Larson (Conn.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, told reporters in the Capitol Tuesday.
“Time and again they [Republicans] would rather see Obama fail than the country succeed.”
Rep. Steny Hoyer (Md.), the House Democratic whip, piled on later in the morning.
“The failure to address the highway bill, the president’s request for a jobs bill [and] other pieces of action on the fiscal posture that we confront – all of which would give confidence and stability to the markets and therefore grow the economy – those steps are not being taken by the Republicans to the detriment of the economy and the creation of jobs,” Hoyer said during his weekly press briefing in the Capitol. “And I think they ought to be held accountable for that inaction.”