Obama urges Congress to help on job growth
August 5th, 2011
11:32 AM ET
7 years ago

Obama urges Congress to help on job growth

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama renewed his push Friday for new congressional action on measures to spur job growth, acknowledging that the addition of 117,000 jobs in July will not be enough to lift the sagging economy.

The president called on Congress to extend the payroll tax credit, extend unemployment insurance, and fund new construction jobs when it returns from its summer recess after Labor Day. He insisted there is no contradiction between short-term economic stimulus measures and long-term deficit reduction.


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  1. DC Johnny

    I swear it this time. For real. This is my real singular focus. Honestly. I will not rest until.... the first thing I'll think of when I wake.... the last thing I think of before I sleep....

    You gotta hand it to this president – he truly believes his charismatic speaking ability can get him out of anything.

    August 5, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Four and The Door

    "What I want the American people to know ... is this: We are going to get through this," he said. "Things are going to get better."
    I have to agree with him on this. We did see some trend towards reduced spending in the debt ceiling deal and we see that he refrained from raising taxes. Yes, he is starting to focus on the economy. ( whether he likes it or not! What the heck, he might as well take credit for it. After all, he has a brutal election season coming up. )

    August 5, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Name king

    This president cannot get it into his head that the repugs want to see the economy crash, and they are doing every thing in their power to it happen just to see him be a one termer. It's time president hold his cohonus and shout "I will not allow you repugs to crash this economy not while I'm around. We are going to stimulate our economy with our modernization infrastructure project, I will go to the American people who is your employer and have them go into your offices or anywhere you are and protest to you to stop holding our economy hostage.

    August 5, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Enough is Enough

    No one trusts you Obama, you can't demonize business every chance you get and be a puppet for the union bosses and trial lawyers and expect a positive recovery. If you really want to help the economy resign.

    August 5, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Problem is NONE of your policies WORK!!! Your socialist approach and "solutions" that make things WORSE in a capitalist system are INSANE.

    Extanding unemployment insurance LENGTHENS the time people stay unemployed!!! News flash to the clueless Messiah!! There are people that wil sit and collect for as long as you let them!

    As for construction projects, honestly, how are all the unemployed NONCONSTRUCTION people going to benefit from this? Total BS on your part. I don't want unemployed Walmart clerks rebuilding our bridges. But I guess this was your way of funneling more money to your union masters, not really for jobs for the average American worker.

    the only comfort I have is knowing YOU will be out of a job come Jan. 2013 and will go down as one of the biggest presidential failures in American history.

    August 5, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Joan

    For his first couple of years in office, President Obama oversaw a gradual recovery in the economy, prevented a depression, stopped job losses of 700,00 a month, saw the stock market come back and in general helped the world have confidence in the US again. Unfortunately he had to do this despite vicious opposition and criticism and from constant obstruction and filibustres from a party who said their main goal was to have him fail. They don't seem to care that the country would have to fail also. The last few weeks made that painfully obvious. If the other party would forget about the next election and instead focus on the good of the country and work together with Pres. Obama and the Democrats to improve the economy, then everyone might win. Worth a try.

    August 5, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    I think our capitalist markets gave our socialist president the birthday present he deserved and a vote of NO confidence with a record loss. People have finally realized this guy is nothing but bad news for the economy. Midas in reverse.

    August 5, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. betterdays

    extend the payroll tax credit (revenues?: no)
    extend unemployment insurance (spending?: yes)
    fund new construction jobs (spending?: yes)

    No contradiciton whatsoever.

    August 5, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Steve- Illinois

    Oh goody, he's focused!!! As long as Obama and Pelosi believe unemployment "stimulates" the economy, the only hope we have is the 2012 election!
    The new 2012 slogan- You voted for the first black President to prove you're not racist, who you going to vote for next time to prove you're not an idiot?"

    August 5, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. bb

    More than what the Republicans have EVER done for the American people, especially now.

    August 5, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Back in April, we had stalemate over the annual budget, which threatened a government shut down. The result? A budget was passed which was supposed to make significant spending cuts in discretionary spending, and uneployment rose.

    In July, we had a stalemate over the raising of the debt limit. We passed a bill that had cuts in discretionary spending and the market tanked.

    Democrats ran the Congress in 2009 and 2010, and the economy was growing slowly, but not as quickly as we would have hoped. It was, and still is, a very deep hole into which we have fallen.

    Republicans take over the House in 2011, and we have seen *every* economic indicator tank. Housing. Jobs. Unemployment. Markets. Gas prices. Food prices. Everything has tanked since Republicans were granted a grasp of power.

    August 5, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. obama victim

    except when he having a party...dancing barefoot in the Rose Garden?? aren't we all just so very proud??

    August 5, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    Obama called on Congress to ... extend unemployment insurance...
    So many people wait until unemployment runs out before they seriously start making an effort to look for a job, extending the unemployment just works against the stated intent here.

    August 5, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    Our President has always – since day one – focused on doing what is best for the majority of Americans. And what I find most interesting (disgusting) is that there is a minority (27%) of Americans (fox followers) whose single focus has been to decieve the majority of Americans with lies and deceptions about our President. A they have no problem using what ever means they can including outright lies about our President and his policies with the hope that he will fail – no matter what it costs our country.

    August 5, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. Peter s

    Despite the obstruction from the Gop establishment and their affilliated right wing economic destroyers against all odds this President is delivering more than any other president in the American history. The distortions which comes from the right wing noise machine especially fox news are destroying America and the entire global economy. However, the British have opened the doors and shown the way of how to deal with aberrant noise machines.

    August 5, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. edog

    Notice how the 1st and 2nd quarter GDP was so bad in 2011. That was exactly when the GOP took over Congress. I guess their plan of making Obama a 1 term president by destroying the American Middle Class is working. When are the American people going to wake up!!

    August 5, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Good luck! He has been swimming upstream against a current from the party of no, in a river full of sharks for almost 3 years now. If America hadn't been led astray by the tea party in 2010, we would have erased the Bush economic policy disasters by now and the economy would be booming. Look for the party of no to try to suppress the economic recovery, and keep Americans out of work until the 2012 elections. "Politics over People", that's their motto!

    August 5, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:
    So many people wait until unemployment runs out before they seriously start making an effort to look for a job, extending the unemployment just works against the stated intent here.
    Not many companies are hiring. They are making plenty of profit during the current climate of low demand. Remove money from the economy and demand drops even further. What you are seeing are the effects of Republican economy killing policies. But, the policies sure do make some folks very wealthy.

    August 5, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. B

    The President is continuing to delude himself about- working together- with Republicans because as McDonnell said, what they just did with the Debt ceiling debacle is now their TEMPLATE for moving forward!

    Expect more Hostage Taking for every single piece of legislation going forward from them.

    These people are totally without scruples or conscience and will do anything to get their way as we all just witnessed in the latest Debacle.

    August 5, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Four: So many people wait until unemployment runs out before they seriously start making an effort to look for a job, extending the unemployment just works against the stated intent here.

    Many millions have accepted lower paying jobs just to try and make ends meet. Do you really think folks who were used to a certain income are actually able to fend on unemployment benefits alone? Take it from one who has experienced first hand what losing a job actually entails ... both scenarios (lower paying job or unemployment – my husband chose the former) aren't without stress. I'd much rather the millions still unemployed could find decent paying jobs ... unlikely to happen anytime soon, no matter who is President.

    August 5, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Jay

    Good luck to you Mr. President. I pray for my sake and my child that you succeed.

    You are a truly great man and I am glad you are my President. It's so sad that so many powerful and greedy people, who are supported by people too stupid to know they are shooting themselves, stand in your way. I pray you defeat them.

    August 5, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I'd like to know what the Republicans are offering since their policies in the past have led to higher polution and financial problems (among others) because of the deregulation that was done. Businesses aren't going to do something that might cost them more unless they are mandated to do it. We'd have dirtier water and air if there hadn't been regulations. That can spur jobs - people who know how to clean up things or make them better can be their own company to help other companies clean up their acts.

    August 5, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. SayWhat

    Don't look for any help from the House. They are focused on one thing, regaining the Senate and White House in 2012, even if it means making the American public suffer. The new improved "job creating' house has been in office for 8 months. Ask your representative what job creating legislation has been put forth by the GOP in that period. After the deafening silence tell them that are voting your pocket book in 2012.

    August 5, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. Ed Texas

    I think Obama is serious about job creation and with extending the payroll tax credit, unemployment insurance, and funding new construction jobs is a great start. My concern is the The president said there is no contradiction between short-term economic stimulus measures and long-term deficit reduction.

    August 5, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Mark H

    Wow!! Are we really celebrating and making a big deal of 9.2% unemployment vs. 9.1%? We need to get a life if the jobs report comes out and our politicians are on TV touting it!!! Are some of us desperate for re-election?

    August 5, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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