“Sour” voters reluctant to award Democrats “for their legislative success are one of the reasons the party is trailing in the polls, according to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.),” The Hill reports.
But Senate leaders will keep trying to change that with a jobs-based September agenda, the Senate Democratic Conference Vice Chairman said Thursday.
Asked why the Democrats are still expected to lose seats in November after passing major bills like healthcare reform, credit card reform, a fair pay act and Wall Street reform, Schumer said voters are frustrated and don’t feel the effects of the legislation.
“It’s the world we’re in. It’s a much more negative, critical world, and people are sour now,” he said. “The thing they’re most sour about is the future, not the present. In other words, if people were sure that things would be better five years from now, they’d be less sour.
“Given that, I think people are more negative right now across the board — the right wing is more negative, the left wing is more negative, the center is more negative. That’s how it is.”
Senator Schumer “said the Senate in September will focus on a bill to promote small businesses, a child nutrition bill, a tax-credit bill for companies and possibly a vote on the Bush-era tax cuts or the START arms treaty between the U.S. and Russia.”
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