GOP immediately rejects Obama’s “grand bargain”
President Obama called out Republicans for immediately rejecting his proposed "grand bargain," chiding them for focusing on defunding Obamacare and building the Keystone XL pipeline instead of laying our their own proposals to boost the economy.
"I am laying out my ideas to give the middle class a better shot in a 21st-century economy," Obama said in a big speech in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Tuesday. "Now it’s time for Republicans to lay out theirs. If they’ve got a better plan to bring back more manufacturing jobs, or create jobs rebuilding our infrastructure for the long run, or help workers earn the high-tech skills our businesses demand, let’s hear ‘em."
"But," he continued, "gutting protections for our air and water isn’t a jobs plan. Gutting investments in things like education and energy isn’t a jobs plan. Putting all your eggs in the basket of an oil pipeline that may only create about 50 permanent jobs, and wasting the country’s time by taking something like 40 meaningless votes to repeal Obamacare isn’t a jobs plan."
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