Washington (CNN) - Aside from the usual sparring about their strategies for repairing the economy, the weekly addresses delivered Saturday by the GOP and President Barack Obama both noted that common ground was reached this week.
"It was good to see Congress act in a bipartisan way on something that will help create jobs at a time when millions of Americans are out of work and need them now," the president said during his weekly address.
A set of free-trade agreements that will lower trade barriers for American manufacturers received a stamp of approval from both the White House and House Republicans. Both parties praised the developments.
"Congress passed landmark trade agreements with countries like (South) Korea and assistance for American workers that will be a big win for our economy," Obama said.
Speaking for the GOP, California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House majority whip, also sent forth thankful words.
"I am pleased that just days after the president sent those agreements to Congress for approval, the House passed all three agreements with strong bipartisan votes and they will become law."
"The free-trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea are (an) area of common ground," McCarthy said.
The warmth stopped there, however.
Obama said it "was disappointing to see Senate Republicans obstruct the American Jobs Act, even though a majority of senators voted "yes" to advance this jobs bill."
McCarthy spoke about the GOP proposal to pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution because Americans deserved "no more budget tricks, no more accounting gimmicks, no more broken promises" from the administration.
Obama continued to make a case for his jobs bill, which will go before the House next week, saying, "Next week, I'm urging members of Congress to vote on putting hundreds of thousands of teachers back in the classroom, cops back on the streets, and firefighters back on the job."
McCarthy told supporters that the GOP is "actively engaged in pursuing concrete ideas to jump-start our economy. You can find them in the Republican Plan for America's Job Creators."