Carter misleadingly vowed that PBJI would provide tax relief, "strong incentives to keep families together .
Based on what Carter said about the bill, PBJI received positive press coverage.
Carter sold PBJI as comprehensive reform that would bring widespread tax relief, though he knew the opposite to be true.
Three key congressional Democrats, House Ways and Means Chairman Ullman, Louisiana Senator Russell Long, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Moynihan, became increasingly unhappy with PBJI.
Due to Carter's lackluster rapport with Congress, key supporters he needed to pass PBJI were needlessly rankled.
In fairness to Carter, achieving a consensus of support for PBJI from the Senate Finance Committee was a difficult task.
His advocacy of PBJI was absolutely crucial for the bill to have any chance of becoming law.
When Moynihan introduced PBJI to the Senate, he described it as "the most important piece of social legislation since the New Deal.
In his testimony to the House Special Committee on Welfare Reform, the administration's former "point man" for PBJI called the bill "grievously disappointing.
85) However, as PBJI was now opposed by Long and Moynihan the legislation was in trouble.
87) Gus Hawkins, co-sponsor of the Humphrey-Hawkins full employment legislation and chair of the House Labor Committee, expressed concern that PBJI would undermine other jobs programs and actually subvert his quest for a full employment economy.
With Carter's highly anticipated welfare reform bill floundering and the economy stumbling, PBJI faced additional criticism from all sides of the political spectrum.