“The problem isn't a lack of effort by those seeking jobs,” said Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio. “The problem is a lack of jobs.”
Many Democrats also spoke against the inclusion of the pipeline issue.
The Obama administration
Obama said last week he would veto a bill that included the pipeline issue.
A veto message issued by the White House did not mention the pipeline issue explicitly, but said the bill “represents a choice to refight old political battles over health care and introduce ideological issues into what should be a simple debate about cutting taxes for the middle class.”
In a statement after the vote, White House press secretary Jay Carney said, “It is our expectation that in the eleventh hour congressional Republicans and Democrats will come to an agreement to protect the middle class and finish their budget work for the year.”