FILE - In this May 5, 2012 file photo, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio speaks in Columbus, Ohio. The White House continues to push marginal jobs initiatives in the wake of the latest bleak economic reports. Republicans counter that acting now to extend all of the Bush tax cuts can best give the economy a summer jolt. But there's little common ground for doing much of anything before the November elections. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)