(CNN) – In their weekly addresses, President Obama and California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy (giving the GOP's weekly address) offered wildly varying messages, each insisting that the opposing party has turned a deaf ear to the American people and that their party's plan to revive the economy is fresh and new.
Obama used his address to continue his assault on congressional Republicans, who earlier this week unveiled an economic agenda and voted against small business legislation that the White House has been pushing for months.
The House on Thursday passed a $42 billion small business jobs bill that offers $12 billion in tax breaks and incentives to encourage business owners to invest in equipment. One Republican voted in favor of the bill and House Minority Leader John Boehner said the bill "does nothing to help end the uncertainty that is crippling job creation and hurting small businesses."
Obama will sign the bill on Monday.
Obama also accused House Republicans of ignoring the will of the American people.
"America may be speaking out, but Republicans in Congress sure aren't listening," he said.
In the GOP's weekly address, McCarthy said it's Democrats who aren't listening and Republicans who have heard the people all along.
"From the billion-dollar bailouts, to the 'stimulus' package that failed to stimulate to the government takeover of health care, you cried 'Stop!' But the Democratic majority in Washington has refused to listen," McCarthy said Saturday.
"When you said you wanted a prosperous, competitive economy, we heard you," McCarthy said. "When you said you wanted a more accountable government, we heard you. When you said you didn't want a government takeover of health care, we heard you."
McCarthy said that, contrary to the president's argument, the Republican Party's proposals, unveiled Thursday as a "Pledge to America" represent "a new way forward that hasn't been tried in Washington."
President Obama said Saturday that the proposals are "an echo of a disastrous decade we can't afford to relive."
Republicans will likely try to enact as much of their plan as possible should they take control of the House after November's midterm elections. Most experts predict they will gain enough seats to do so.