Obama to Congress: Do something
June 8th, 2012
12:16 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama to Congress: Do something

New York (CNNMoney) - Citing economic headwinds from Europe, President Obama asked lawmakers on Friday to revive a set of long ago-discarded legislative proposals designed to stimulate the economy.

The initiatives, first proposed in September, include investments in infrastructure, tax breaks for small businesses and funding for teachers, firefighters and other public sector workers.


Filed under: Economy • President Obama
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. cali girl

    At some point all members of congress will be up for re-election. And you better be scared, your approval ratings are in the 20 percent area.

    June 8, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    Obama to Congress: Do something

    American People to Obama: Pack your bags.

    June 8, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    As long as the GOP are there, nothing will get done. All they want to do is obstruct and destroy.

    June 8, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. gurgyl

    If America is smart, it needs to watch all these Congress idiots....they need to do something. They are just taking money for nothing....shame, shame, shame...this is where we are as a Democracy?????

    June 8, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. John, PA

    The American people to Mr. Obama: Do something: RESIGN EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY!

    June 8, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Ricky Vee

    Obama is toast..and he knows it.

    June 8, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Joe K

    I hope Obama creates a great transition team for his departure. We all HOPE to CHANGE the direction of this country.

    June 8, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. jp

    Obama to Congress : Do something...........like spend more money we do not have??

    hey Obama keynesian economics does NOT WORK!!!! PERIOD.

    Friedrich Hayek proved that in Road to Surfdom....and Europe is proving that EVERYDAY

    June 8, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    EVERYBODY in the Republican Party will be united in their effort to save this country from the disaster the leftist Democrats are hell bent on bringing to this country. You need look no further than a bankrupt and disintegrating Europe to see the future that the leftist Democrats have in store for THIS country. So America, do you want prosperity, or do you want bankruptcy and rioting in the streets? The choice really is that simple. The stakes could not be any higher.

    June 8, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. jp

    cali girl,
    The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    don't you know that has Congress done too much already ?? 16 trillion in things

    everytime Congess does someting it COSTS MONEY THAT AMERICA DOES NOT HAVE

    CONGRESS NEEDS TO UNDO what it has spent the last 100 years doing

    June 8, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Mr President they are already doing something. With the debt ceiling and jobs and women's rights and so many other issues (wont say JOBS because the tea tards just ran on JOBS they havent done a darn thing!) on the table they are taking the next two seeks OFF. The teapublikkkans in the house have made their own rules on when to work while so many Americans don't have jobs and the rest of us pray every day that we keep ours.
    Then they are coming back for one week and OFF again for two. I don't know about the rest of you but insouldmlove a job like that.

    June 8, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    House Republicans have already announced that they are done legislating for the entire year. Instead, they want to sit back and accuse the President of not getting anything done. "Where is Pres. Obama's jobs bill?" That's what they want to say.

    Also, where are the jobs bills that House Republicans ran on in 2010. So far, they have passed 30 "Jobs bills", ranging from defunding Planned Parenthood, war on light bulbs, endorsing "In God We Trust", and a host of others that all include amendments to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

    June 8, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    We changed the direction of this country to something good when we voted Obama in LEGALLY. It was Bush's illegal regime that put us in this mess. We've got to keep this country out of the destructive GOP clutches. We'd never survive another disaster like Bush.

    June 8, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Josaphat Daniels

    Some american people have become stupid for not realizing that republicans are deliberately holding their jobs hostage in
    order to blame the President so that they can get votes in an election year, here is a little secret President Obama is not
    stupid, when the time is right He is going to set the jobs free from the hostage takers and then mr 47th rank governor will
    want his superpacs to spend all the money in the world to buy him votes which will not help him win the white house.

    June 8, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. bill

    I see uhbama is not taking any responsibility for his 3 1/2 years of failure.

    June 8, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Sue

    I'm sorry......But remember 3-1/2 years ago--the "stimulous" was supposed to be used to create thousands of "shovel ready" jobs to fix the infrastructure-what happened to all of the money Obama?? No more money Obama!! You and your policies are failures–no more money!! US citizens/voters/workers just need to hold on for 5 more months-until Obama is forced out of the White House and sent back to Chicago.

    June 8, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |

    Funny how you hardly EVER hear conservatives admit to or even remotely acknowledge the blantant GOP hyper partisonship and obstructionism in Congress, but they will instantly, and naively, point the finger squarely at the President. Keep on putting Republicans/Tea Baggers in Congress, America, and see how far that gets you!!

    June 8, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. Ray E. (Georgia)

    I don't know what else Congress can do. The House Repealed Obama Care but the Senate refuses to take up the Budget for 3 years now. Employers are scared of what is to come. People can't spend with no money to spend because they don't have a job. Obama is like a broken record. We need a new record. It will happen in November.

    June 8, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. Brandon

    Thanks for doubling our debt to $15.5 Trillion. and nice speech today on how you are going to spend us into oblivion. Keep blocking him Congress! You are doing good!

    June 8, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. PJ/TX

    "...pack your bags".
    Boehner has given the House another week off. This is nine weeks out of this year the do- nothings have been
    on vacation. Once again, they are 'packing their bags" to go home and play.
    They are leaving the transportataion bill unsolved and the student loan bill unsolved. These last-minute
    obstructionists think they can bully themselves back into office. Hope they are wrong. Enough is enough.

    June 8, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Sol T.

    If congress does not do what I demand they do I will have harry Reid stop the bills or I will veto them
    Your truly
    Barry Setero Native of Kenya and Indonesia
    Oh No I mean
    barack hussein obama
    (barf o vomit)

    June 8, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. Joan

    Actually it is the Republicans in Congress who should be worried about running on their record. Since Pres. Obama took office they have said they hope he (and therefore the country) fails, caused more fillibustres than any other Congress, obstructed more bills and actually kept the country from moving forward more quickly. Last summer's embarrassing debt ceiling debate and down grading of the credit rating was their fault and the whole world knows it. Actually since they took over the Congress in 2010 promising jobs, jobs, jobs hardly anything has been done and they have really obstructed growth with their gridlock. It is austerity measures in Europe that has caused many countries to go backwards and that is what the Republicans keep crying must be done. It is austerity measures in many states that have laid off teachers, policemen, firemen, etc. and this adds to the unemployment rate. Aren't any Republicans in these professions? If a few Republicans finally start wanting to do something now to try and make themselves look useful before the election, hopefully the media will honestly call them out on it. It is a little too late. It would be great to gave a daily show dealing just with fact checking and "keeping them honest". That will probably not happen though.

    June 8, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    They are doing something sir. They are doing EVERYTHING they can, EVERYTHING, to derail, backpedal, defund, stall, set-back any progress, any improvement, insum ANYTHING that would put you in good stead and ina good light with the voters come November.
    Evil incarnate these GOPeeing Teatards and their Golden Boy Puppet are.
    And they are going to get worse because they are desperate to steal THEIR White House back.
    Brace yourself sir, and stayed prayed-up God is with you but it's going to be tough.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    June 8, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Silence DoGood

    Everyone blames everyone else. With all the liberals disillusioned with his broken promises out there, I actually read an editorial blaming liberal voters who were questioning Obama's approach. OK – the only group left to blame is people happy with Obama. That's probably next. So it seems like every man woman and child in the country is to blame except Obama. Doesn't the executive leader take some responsibility at some point?

    Liberals for a 3rd party vote.

    June 8, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Sue

    Remember the interview/video when everyone (including Obama) started laughing when the interviewer asked Obama--"where are the thousands of shovel ready jobs"? Do a search for the interview/video on Youtube. I do not remember who/what station did the interview.....But, Romney needs to use that clip in attack ads in all states until the election!! Only 5 more months, and "real" hope and change will be coming to Washington/the White House!!

    June 8, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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