Republicans essentially blamed the unions for balking at bringing down their pay.
I think getting Republicans to vote for something that is considered to be some sort of a rescue package or bailout for this industry right now is a very heavy lift absent some of these reforms right now, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said. So far everybodys given something here except the unions.
But Democrats placed the blame squarely on Republicans, who had refused to negotiate on the bill when Democrats and the White House renewed talks late last week.
Somehow workers get paid too much in this country, and unless we sock it to the worker, [Republicans] will not be willing to allow a $14 billion bridge loan to be able to save an industry, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said. There are those who think they can play games with this, and there are no consequences. ... Its not about auto executives versus workers. This is about the economy of our country.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.