Mark Pryor voted for first stimulus but silent about second

The old political playbook will not work this time around.

Bragging on Obamacare and the first stimulus in Arkansas will not do much for Pryor in 2014. In this clip above Senator Pryor praises Mike, Vic and Marion. (All three of those men bailed out and Marion and Vic were replaced by Republicans and in 2012 an election will determine the replacement for Mike Ross.) Then he goes on to praise President Obama’s leadership.

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Mark Pryor voted for the first stimulus and will not say what he thinks about the second stimulus. I have written about that before and offer the links below to those earlier posts. Also I wanted to pass along this fine article by Red Arkansas Blog.

Pryor Skulking In Shadows, Reid Blocking Bill, Obama Blaming GOP

October 5, 2011

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Imagine the hearty laughter we had yesterday afternoon when we received an email from President Barack Obama’s campaign blaming House Republicans (and exhorting you to spam your local House Republican’s Twitter feed [if you are represented by a Democrat, you end up spamming Speaker John Boehner]) for not passing his second stimulus bill (thanks Debbie for letting us use that term!) while at roughly the same time, Mr. Obama’s chief cheerleader in the Senate, Sen. Harry Reid, blocked an effort to put Stimulus 2: Electric Boogaloo to an up-or-down vote.

Of course, Mr. Reid may have a good reason for relatively delaying the relative “right away” vote on Mr. Obama’s stimulus: he can’t herd his own caucus.

“It seems it’s a lot easier to block a Republican plan than to get the Democrats to rally around President Barack Obama. Even though Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has repeatedly promised to call a vote on the president’s plan, he has slow-walked Obama’s jobs bill amid fractures within his caucus over how to pay for it.”

It also turns out that the Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin may also have a bit of a limp whip (isn’t there a pill for that?):

“Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said, at the moment, Democrats in Congress don’t have the votes to pass President Obama’s jobs bill”

Of course, this brings us to our own Sen. Mark Pryor who, to date, has not expressed a position on Stimulus II, despite voting for Stimulus I in 2009 that hasn’t really done a whole heckuva lot.

Given the Senate Democratic leadership being forced to delay an immediate vote while they scrounge the north side of the Capitol for votes, Mr. Pryor’s position on a bill that would increase taxes on our state’s natural gas industry (isn’t it good for jobs?) becomes very important.

Because of the importance of Mr. Pryor’s stance on Stimulus II, we are forced to wonder why our senior senator is skulking in the shadows and not speaking to it.

Is he worried about angering the increasingly liberal Democratic Party of Arkansas by not publicly supporting President Obama’s plan to raise taxes on job creators? After all, he sponsored that resolution to create National JC Penny White Sale Da… err… National Jobs Day.

PARTING SHOT

Will Sen. Pryor add an unemployed person to his office staff? How about the DPA? Who should we direct resumes to?

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