Obama Challenges Cantor: Explain Exactly Why Republicans Won't Vote on Jobs Bill
Later today in Dallas, President Obama will challenge Republicans to take action on his jobs bill, singling out Eric Cantor for saying yesterday that House Republicans wouldn't even hold a vote on the proposal. According to this speech excerpt, sent out by the White House, Obama will call on Cantor to explain what in the jobs bill Republicans oppose:
Yesterday, the Republican Majority Leader in Congress, Eric Cantor, said that right now, he won’t even let the jobs bill have a vote in the House of Representatives. He won’t even give it a vote.
Well I’d like Mr. Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what in this jobs bill he doesn’t believe in. Does he not believe in rebuilding America’s roads and bridges? Does he not believe in tax breaks for small businesses, or efforts to help veterans?
Mr. Cantor should come down to Dallas, look Kim Russell in the eye, and tell her why she doesn’t deserve to get a paycheck again. Come tell her students why they don’t deserve to have their teacher back.
Come tell Dallas construction workers why they should be sitting home instead of fixing our bridges and our schools.
Come tell the small business owners and workers in this community why you’d rather defend tax breaks for millionaires than tax cuts for the middle-class.
And if you won’t do that, at least put this jobs bill up for a vote so that the entire country knows exactly where every Member of Congress stands.
There's no good reason for Republicans to oppose the American Jobs Act period, let alone for them to refuse to allow a vote on it. The only reasonable explanation for their blanket opposition is that they are playing political games, more interested in positioning themselves for the 2012 election than actually doing something to help address America's economic crisis.
Meanwhile, even though they refuse to do anything at all about the economy, House Republicans are continuing to pursue their right-wing social agenda, reviving battles from earlier this year over funding for Planned Parenthood and public broadcasting. And you know what that means: there's no chance Eric Cantor or anyone else in GOP leadership is going to explain their position in Dallas or anywhere else. They're too busy fighting Big Bird to worry about something as mundane as creating jobs.