With so many Americans looking for a job — or worried about keeping the one they have — lawmakers looking for an edge on Capitol Hill are increasingly labeling their proposals “jobs” bills.
Tax bills, road projects, agriculture spending — they’ve all become “jobs” bills.
In the 18 months since the 112th Congress
first met, about 90 bills that promise to create or preserve jobs have
been introduced — about three times the previous two-year congressional
cycle and seven times more than the Congress before that.