O'Malley, governors, urge passage of jobs bill
The letter, penned by O'Malley in his capacity as the leader of the Democratic Governors Association, asks for the "swift" consideration of the Obama's bill and argues that it "draws on ideas" governors from both parties are already using in their states.
The governors argue that "a modern economy requires modern investments" and say that to create jobs, the country must "be willing to educate, innovate and rebuild."
The letter hit notes familiar to those who watched his 2010 re-election campaign, with one line in particular echoing his stump speech. "There is nothing more important for a family than a job and nothing more important for our country in these challenging times," according to the letter.
O'Malley has said that he will push his own jobs bill in Maryland, possibly as soon as next week's special session. He has also floated the possibility of accelerating all or parts of the state's capital budget during the regular session so state funded construction projects could move forward faster.
Six Democratic governors did not sign the letter, including two with elections this year: Earl R. Tomblin who just eked out a victory in West Virginia and Steven Beshear who faces Kentucky voters in November.
Governor Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii
Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., California
Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York
Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota
Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr., US Virgin Islands
Governor Chris Gregoire, Washington
Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado
Governor John Kitzhaber, Oregon
Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Connecticut
Governor Jack Markell, Delaware
Governor John Lynch, New Hampshire
Governor Deval Patrick, Massachusetts
Governor Bev Perdue, North Carolina
Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois
Governor Peter Shumlin, Vermont
Not signing were:
Governor Togiola T.A. Tulafono, American Somoa
Governor Mike Beebe, Arkansas
Governor Steven L. Beshear, Kentucky
Governor Jay Nixon, Missouri
Governor Brian Schweitzer, Montana
Governor Earl R. Tomblin, West Virgina