Obama open to signing 'a portion' of jobs bill
September 13th, 2011
04:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama open to signing 'a portion' of jobs bill

Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - High school students chanted "pass this bill" to a rousing speech Tuesday by President Barack Obama touting his $447 billion jobs plan, while senior administration officials said the push for Congress to approve the legislation would last months.

White House spokesman Jay Carney, meanwhile, opened the door to Obama's proposal getting passed in pieces, rather than as a single package.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    White House spokesman Jay Carney, meanwhile, opened the door to Obama's proposal getting passed in pieces, rather than as a single package.
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    No. Say it isn't so. This is the time when you do not break it up into the pieces they like and the pieces you like. If you do that, then the pieces that you like will never come to the floor for a vote.

    September 13, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    Obama's push for jobs act will last months, officials say
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    Obama's push for HIS JOB started months ago and will continue for more than a year. Doubling down on stupidity and already failed policies is a "plan" that only an inexperienced community organizer would promote. Only the far left braindead progressives still believe anything Obama says. The rest of the country has seen the results of 3 years of this insanity. Obama should be focusing on hiring movers and getting that renter out of his old house. He's going to need it come Jan. 2013.

    September 13, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. d

    Oh they will go to the floor...they will be only what the republicans want! any help to the average american will not get to the floor! and when it does not add jobs (which it wont) then it will be obamas fault again! jesus these goptp make me sick! they really do...

    September 13, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. d

    People pay attention here...this is the last of our democracy...well it lasted the longest of any other govt in history...with cantor and the rest only standing for corp america we are done for...very sad

    September 13, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. a little sad

    They could make the "push" much shorter if they would just pass the darn thing!

    September 13, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Bill from GA

    Obama: were having peas, broccoli, and ice cream.

    Repugs, thanks, I'll just have the ice cream.

    September 13, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. Bill from GA

    We elected a Cave Man for President

    September 13, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Ralph

    President Obama, pass the whole bill! Don't pay blackmail to the Republican's. Don't reward the Tea Party Brinkmanship. Its obvious to anyone, that the Tea Party has no intention of being reasonable. The Tea Party won't agree to anything that isn't strictly their extremeist political dogma.
    President Obama, be a leader, and start leading.

    September 13, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    The last thing America needs is to spend another $450 billion trying to buy the economy back to life. $800 billion didn't do it. The road to recovery begins with effective management of our national resources, the exact opposite of adding another $450 billion of debt. Fortunately, Americans came out to vote in 2010 and sent people to Washington with the mandate to get government spending in control. So far the Republican House has done an excellent job and they will not let us down this time.

    September 13, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Rob

    Mr Presiident please stop the caving

    September 13, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Voice of Reason

    The "Compromiser-in-chief" hard at work again... The fact that the GOP has such an obstructionist stance toward this administration could possibly be blamed for part of this never-ending cave-in; but i gotta wonder when the president is gonna grow a pair and start playing hardball with this Congress. We hired him to do a job, and these guys are preventing him from doing it. Time to change the balance of power in 2012... Re-elect Obama, clear the House of ALL Tea-Partiers.

    September 13, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Voice of Reason

    It's high time Obama stopped playing 'nice'. He seems to be the only one who doesnt realize this is an all-out bare-knuckle brawl. He's still sticking to the 'kings rules'.

    September 13, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. S.positive

    President Obama, Please put this republicans between a rock and a hard place for once. They do it to America all the time. Stop protecting them...

    September 13, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Atlanta Independent

    I demand the bill be pass forget the teabaggars/ republicans if they dont vote to pass the bill we are going to make sure all the independents voters vote them out the office. Cantor/ Boehner need the independent voters to keep the republicans in charge.

    Independent voters for the bill be pass

    September 13, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. A Kickin' Donkey

    As long as the pieces that Congress passes 1st are the ones that fund roads & bridges, I might be OK with that.

    Mr. President, you have GOT TO KNOW that, as much as we have your back, there are many of us who don't find you to be the greatest negotiator and if you agree to do this in pieces, we are concerned. I keep saying that, when you get a 2nd term, the gloves will come off, but you better find your inner ninja or something.

    I know that if, as a black man, you had been the SOB that President LBJ was, you'd have never gotten elected. Many people haven't lived the experience of climbing the corporate / hierarchical ladder, navigating the [subconscientious] hangups that MANY people have with a hard-charging, demanding, take no prisoners black executive. All I can tell you is, they can't ride your back if you ain't bent over, so don't do it.

    Know that those of us that believe in you will back you no matter how "arrogant", "cocky", "dictatorial", "elitist", "condescending", "intimidating", "theatening", "power-hungry" your oppostion may try to label you.

    I call on those white, latino, female, asian supporters of Mr. Obama to recognize this is part of the game than McConnell and others are playing. It will only work if you let it. Stand up to the implied bigotry that surfaces when the President is firm. Allow him to be as much of an _________ as any other executive.

    September 13, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |