August 19th, 2010
12:57 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama renews call for passage of jobs bill

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Thursday renewed his call for Senate Republicans to stop blocking a jobs bill intended to help small businesses.

Just before leaving for vacation, Obama told reporters at the White House that political gamesmanship instead of legitimate policy differences is stalling the bill.

He noted that the legislative process includes "times when good people differ in good faith."


"This is not one of those times," Obama said, adding that Republicans drafted parts of the legislation now being filibustered by Senate Republicans to prevent a vote.

Obama said the bill will come up first when the Senate returns from its August recess, and he called for the Senate Republican leadership to halt efforts to stop it.

The bill would provide tax credits and ease access to credit for small businesses.


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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. GoBamaFan

    Once again, our President is trying to help this country against ruthless criticism from the extremist GOP-ons. When will people give Obama credit for saving this country from financial implosion?

    He has saved the entire American automotive industry, plus their supplier and sales chains. That bail out money is returning with interest.

    He has regulated Wall Street to ensure that we will never have to bail them out again.

    He is ending the misguided Iraq war, which has killed thousands and crippled our economy without much gain.

    Thanks to him, BP agreed to pay $20 Billion in damages to Gulf oil spill victims.

    Obama is making all of the right moves to solve whatever national and global problems are thrown at him.

    He makes me proud to be American. Republican lies about his agenda make me ashamed.

    August 19, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Pkm

    The gop only cares for big buniness that have money pray to god the gop will not be elected im nov

    August 19, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Small business should not have to be punished because Republicans hate our President. If the jobs bill doesn't pass then make sure Republicans don't get a pass either.

    August 19, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. mother and sister of soldiers

    How does Obama expect job creation when he taxes to death the very people who create them? How can a business have a $55,000 employee that costs them $75,000 with the benefits and taxes and make a profit?

    August 19, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Gerald

    Lets get the story straight, it is a spending bill, not a jobs bill. By the way we are broke stop spending.

    August 19, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. ken

    What is a person to do obama wants to spend and the republicans just want to say no to anything that might want to help this economy.

    August 19, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. all of America

    This idiot rants and raves about ,if you don't go along with us on this bill the world will end . Every bill that this moron has signed either didn't do what he said it would do or it would do just the opposite .Its no wonder nobody wants to vote for any bill he wants. It's easy to spend money that's not yours. obama,why don't you do the U S a favor and resign !

    August 19, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. Ric

    Hey Obama... you need to PAY for the " jobs bill " you want, not BORROW from China to push your radical far left adgenda. Stop blaming the GOP all the time and blame your own party for once! You and your progressive dopes have been in power since 2006!

    August 19, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Oh? And what government give-aways will be cut to pay for for the bill? Or does Obama just plan on borrowing more money from China?

    August 19, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Jilli

    The republicans won't lift the block – they want the economy to fail and more people to join the ranks of the unemployed – it helps their chances in the next election, or so they think. They're pathetic.

    August 19, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. jim

    More political theater by the master, Obama.He has done more to make it harder for small businesses to survive in this economic climate.Maybe, he can think about it more as he relaxes away at Marhta Vineyard while the rest of us worry about our next paycheck.

    August 19, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Will this work like that "summer of prosperity" or "hope and change" and that bailout of the teacher unions, so they can buy Viagara (its for the children ya know)? Or maybe it is part of the continuing payback to the union executives for stealing the election for this Chicago sewer rat.
    Is this another of those "good faith" things that we need so badly like obamacare so he can score political points with the dope smokers? This inept, corrupt, union toady has no credibility left. Sounds to me like he is just using that buddy/buddy relationship with the liberal media to "blast" and "slam" someone who disagrees with the SEIU again.

    August 19, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Barry

    This is like the 14th jobs bill. Please, just go on vacation and leave us alone.

    Dow down another 150+. Thanks obama.

    August 19, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. phoenix86

    People need to realize that until you remove Obama, Pelosi, and Reid from office, the economy simply will not recover. They rehash the same liberal tax and spend policies that failed in the 1930's, 60's, 70's and since Obama took office.

    August 19, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Tinkers Dam

    This idiot is so full of himself. Lay all the blame on the repubs. The Dems write up a partisan bill and expect bipartisan support. It's not going to happen.

    August 19, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. Peter s

    Do what ever is necessary Mr. President !! the angry old men will never stop obstructing American Economic development especially when the idea comes from you. You have extended your hand several times but instead of appreciating your offer they take it as a sign of weakness! stop throwing softballs!! send them hardballs faster than lightening!

    August 19, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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