Different jobs strategies from Obama, GOP
October 1st, 2011
07:43 AM ET
3 years ago

Different jobs strategies from Obama, GOP

(CNN) - Pres. Barack Obama and Republicans squabbled over the best way to create jobs in their weekly addresses Saturday, with the president demanding Congress pass his jobs bill and Republicans insisting regulations be lifted on businesses.

"It's been almost three weeks since I sent the American Jobs Act to Congress – three weeks since I sent them a bill that would put people back to work and put money in people's pockets," Obama said in his address. "This jobs bill is fully paid for. This jobs bill contains the kinds of proposals that Democrats and Republicans have supported in the past. And now I want it back."

Obama presented the $447 billion American Jobs Act on September 8 in a speech to a joint session of Congress. The bill calls for targeted tax cuts, infrastructure spending and new job training assistance, and would be paid for by ending certain tax loopholes.

In their address, Republicans countered that the way to create jobs is to end regulations that they say are preventing businesses from hiring.

"For years, excessive regulations have been a source of frustration for businesses trying to stay afloat," Rep. Morgan Griffith of Virginia said the weekly GOP address. "Now, with our economy struggling and red tape still piling up, these nuisances have become full-blown government barriers to job creation."

Griffith mentioned two specific regulations – on the production of cement and the sale of boilers – she said are impeding businesses from thriving.

"Understand that the investments required by these rules are irreversible," Griffith said. "For those businesses that cannot make these investments, and decide to stop producing their product at a particular location, the job losses are also irreversible. The good news here is, excessive regulations are reversible and fixable."

In his address, Obama spoke specifically to Republicans in Congress who oppose his jobs bill, laying out the benefits and asking how lawmakers could oppose then.

"Are they against putting teachers and police officers and firefighters back on the job?" Obama asked. "Are they against hiring construction workers to rebuild our roads and bridges and schools? Are they against giving tax cuts to virtually every worker and small business in America?"

Griffith made a similar pitch for Republican-sponsored job creation bills, which she called on Obama to consider.

"These bills would save thousands of American jobs, and they are bipartisan. Members of both parties support these ideas right now. President Obama, who has said he's willing to consider stopping excessive regulations, should call on the Democrat-led Senate to follow the House in passing these jobs bills.

In a recent CNN/ORC International Poll, Americans overwhelmingly say condition of the economy is poor, but only 32% say Obama and Democrats are to blame. 52% blame the previous Republican administration.


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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Clint, Wa.

    Pres. Barack Obama and Republicans squabbled over the best way to create jobs, your kidding me.

    October 1, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. KFos

    Interesting how you fail to mention that the Senate doesn't have enough democratic votes to bring the bill to the floor. Its not just the republicans who are against this bill. Obama is so full of it!

    October 1, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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