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.