By Josiah Ryan - 11/07/11 09:09 PM EST
Senate Leaders Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) started off the week in the Senate by trading barbs over the nation's continuing jobs crisis.
“Republicans have stood firm against even the most reasonable plans to create millions of jobs for the sake of politics,” accused Reid in his opening volley.
But McConnell quickly shot back that Reid has refused to take up House passed "jobs" legislation as part of a choreographed strategy to cause gridlock in the Congress so that President Obama can scapegoat it during next year's election.
“President Obama and his political advisors have put out the word that they don’t want Congress to get anything done around here until after next year’s election, so the President can go around on a bus and blame Congress for the country’s problems," said McConnell deriding Obama's recent jobs tours he has taken on his presidential bus. "Democrats in the Senate are lining right up behind him."