Weekly Address: Obama Challenges Republicans to Answer to Americans for Upcoming Jobs Votes

 But rather than listen to you and put folks back to work, Republicans in the House spent the past couple days picking partisan ideological fights. They’re seeing if they can roll back clean air and water protections. They’re stirring up fights over a woman’s right to make her own health care choices. They’re not focused on the concrete actions that will put people back to work right now.



From a GM plant "in the heart of a resurgent American auto industry," President Barack Obama recorded his weekly address, using the presence of President Lee of South Korea to discuss the benefits of the trade agreements passed this past week to the American worker … and to wallop on Republicans who stand recalcitrantly in the way of the American Jobs Act, which Republicans killed last week.

Republicans don't want a jobs bill in toto? Fine, the president said. We're going to bring it back at ya, piece by piece, and make you explain yourselves to voters.

Well, we’re going to give them another chance. We’re going to give them another chance to spend more time worrying about your jobs than keeping theirs.

Next week, I’m urging Members of Congress to vote on putting hundreds of thousands of teachers back in the classroom, cops back on the streets, and firefighters back on the job.

And if they vote “no” on that, they’ll have to tell you why. They’ll have to tell you why teachers in your community don’t deserve a paycheck again. They’ll have to tell your kids why they don’t deserve to have their teacher back. They’ll have to tell you why they’re against commonsense proposals that would help families and strengthen our communities right now.

In the coming weeks, we’ll have them vote on the other parts of the jobs bill–putting construction workers back on the job, rebuilding our roads and bridges; providing tax cuts for small businesses that hire our veterans; making sure that middle-class families don’t see a tax hike next year and that the unemployed and our out-of-work youth have a chance to get back in the workforce and earn their piece of the American Dream.

In closing, the president reminded listeners he's hitting the road (beginning with a bus tour to North Carolina and Virginia next week) to carry an insistent message of the importance of getting people back on the job:

That’s what’s at stake. Putting people back to work. Restoring economic security for the middle class. Rebuilding an economy where hard work is valued and responsibility is rewarded–an economy that’s built to last. And I’m going to travel all over the country over the next few weeks so that we can remind Congress that’s their job. Because there’s still time to create jobs and grow our economy right now. There’s still time for Congress to do the right thing. We just need to act.

The full transcript can be found beneath the fold and on the White House website.


DailyKos / By Susan Gardner

Posted at October 15, 2011, 4:43am

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