A fuller preview of the president’s jobs speech to come later....... For now, suffice it to say nothing the president says tonight will matter if he’s not prepared to back it up with ready legislative language and a true willingness to roll up his sleeves and work with Congress to pass a plan. .......In the meantime, it’s worth remembering that, while the president has dithered and the Senate has dallied, the House has been busy.

Among the bills passed by the House, but stuck in the Senate are The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, The Energy Tax Prevention Act, Disapproval of FCC’s Net Neutrality Act, The Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act, The Consumer Financial Protection & Soundness Improvement Act and The Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act. That doesn’t even touch the various bills the House has passed to reenergize the Gulf. Oh yeah, plus the House passed a budget.