Washington (CNN) – This week's radio spokesperson for the Republican Party said he is "glad to see that President Obama finally" did something to his liking.
South Dakota Sen. John Thune during the weekly Republican address on Saturday expressed relief that President Barack Obama took action on some pro-trade fiscal recommendations he said GOP politicians sent the White House nearly three years ago in an effort to revitalize the economy.
"I was glad to see that President Obama finally submitted the trade deals to Congress, after letting them sit on his desk for almost 1,000 days," Thune said.
"We can finally implement the free trade agreements we've negotiated with Panama, Colombia and South Korea," he said, referring to a set of global trade deals he says would take advantage of the "95 percent of the world's consumers [who] live outside the United States."
"Washington should be doing all it can to lower trade barriers and help Americans sell more of our products to those customers," Thune said.
Obama in his weekly address on Saturday spoke highly of his own jobs plan to "put more people to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans."
In his last sales pitch before the Senate convenes for a vote on the America Jobs Act next week, Obama rallied the upper chamber of Congress to pass his fiscal legislation, which he said would "help guard against another downturn here in America."
"This isn't just my belief. This is what independent economists have said," Obama said.
"Independent experts who do this for a living have said that this jobs bill will have a significant effect for our economy and middle-class families all across America."
Obama's $447 billion jobs plan includes a series of targeted tax cuts, infrastructure spending, and new job training assistance. The White House and Senate Democrats this week reached an agreement on a 5.6% "millionaire's" tax hike that would pay for the plan.
While never specifically referencing the jobs bill, Thune said "President Obama's policies are damaging our economy, and his proposed solutions are not serious."
Instead Thune focused on his party's global business endeavors, saying the GOP's proposed trade deals will "boost U.S. exports by more than $12 billion," thereby resulting in tens of thousands of new jobs.