(CNN) – Hours after it released a TV ad Thursday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee changed the campaign spot when concerns were raised over sensitivity toward the Sept. 11 attacks.
The ad, which supports the Democrat running to fill ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner’s congressional seat, featured an animated airplane darting across the New York skyline.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. John Kyl, one of the members of the special congressional committee set up to create a $1.5 trillion budget-reduction plan, said Thursday those cuts should come out of programs like Medicare and Social Security - not defense.
The Arizona Republican told a luncheon event by conservative groups the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation that the defense budget has been cut enough already, most recently this summer when the debt-reduction deal meant up to $400 billion in defense cuts.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) – President Obama unveiled a stimulus plan Thursday night that he says will boost hiring and provide a jolt to the stalled economy if it becomes law.
A mix of $253 billion in tax cuts and $194 billion in new spending, the total bill for the plan is $447 billion. Given staunch Republican opposition to most new spending, the measure has almost no chance of passing the House in its current form.FULL STORY
(CNN) - In a statement released minutes after President Barack Obama's speech to Congress, House Speaker John Boehner said that the "proposals the president outlined tonight merit consideration."
"We hope he gives serious consideration to our ideas as well," the Ohio Republican said. "It's my hope that we can work together to end the uncertainty facing families and small businesses, and create a better environment for long-term economic growth and private-sector job creation."
Washington (CNN) - Facing low approval ratings and constant Republican criticism as his re-election campaign starts up, President Barack Obama challenged Congress on Thursday night to put the good of the nation over political benefit and pass a huge jobs plan he proposed.
In a speech to a joint session of Congress, Obama told the legislators to "stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy" by quickly approving the $447 billion package of measures so he can sign it into lawFULL STORY
(CNN) – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said she felt "deeply disappointed" by the president's jobs speech Thursday and called on Congress to avoid passing his plan.
"Clearly what we saw was just a sequel of all of the failed policies that the president has put forward in the past," Bachmann said in a post-debate speech.
(CNN)–Contenders in the 2012 GOP presidential field reacted late Thursday to President Obama's joint congressional speech on jobs.
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Washington (CNN) – As the President prepared to ask Congress to "stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy," his re-election team Thursday evening sent a message in his name asking supporters to weigh in.
"What happens will be up to you. In the coming days and weeks, it will be up to you to pressure Congress to act – or hold them accountable if they do not."
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will address a joint session of Congress Thursday and discuss his plan to stimulate national job growth.
8:27 p.m. ET–@EricCantor Good people can disagree. We should work together to find common ground and quickly pass where we agree to grow this economy. #JobsNow
8:14 p.m. ET - @SenatorReid Pres. Obama's pckg of common-sense, bipartisan proposals will present a litmus test to Rs
8:10 p.m. ET–@Barack Obama Our take: This isn’t just about jobs—it’s about basic fairness and security for middle-class families who work hard and play by the rules.
7:59 p.m. ET–@teapartynation Obama's speech is the worst pre game show ever!
7:48 p.m. ET–@EricCantor There are certainly goals the President outlined that we can work with him on. We should work quickly to pass the areas where we agree.
7:47 p.m. ET–@GOPWhip I hope POTUS & Dems will work with us & support the GOP plan for #jobs & economic growth. #JobsNow
7:41 p.m. ET–President Obama: I ask every American who agrees to lift your voice and tell the people who are gathered here tonight that you want action now. Tell Washington that doing nothing is not an option. Remind us that if we act as one nation, and one people, we have it within our power to meet this challenge.
President Kennedy once said, “Our problems are man-made – therefore they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants.”
These are difficult years for our country. But we are Americans. We are tougher than the times that we live in, and we are bigger than our politics have been. So let’s meet the moment. Let’s get to work, and show the world once again why the United States of America remains the greatest nation on Earth. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.
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Washington (CNN) - Immediately following President Barack Obama's jobs speech to Congress Thursday night, senators are scheduled to return to their chamber to vote to begin debate on a measure disapproving of raising the debt ceiling while effectively continuing the process of increasing it.
So, yes, it's likely they will be supporting the disapproval of something as part of the process of actually making it happen.