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
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  1. cali girl

    Last I checked, JP, the GOP is a part of congress. So if you are saying that congress is spending too much, then you can shift that blame to your party too. I do agree that spending needs to be reigned in, but it does get frustrating when the party of NO does just that. Are you arguing that we don't need teachers, police and fire? I know many towns where if you need the police, you call and get a voice mail answering machine. That is shameful.

    June 8, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. julie

    goodness all the hate and mislead people of america.................it must be numbing to let your hate over ride any good/positive judgement...........for even the good of the people..................and we wonder why other countires hate us the people of america..................what a show we put on to reveal such disdain of hate.............

    June 8, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. BLKMANinAmerica

    CLEARLY that would help middle/working America Congress has no interests in helping middle America.

    June 8, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. tee27

    Remember this McConnell: Stopping Obama’s re-election still ‘single most important’ goal even if it ment bringing down the economy, Here is the truth the republicans feel uncomfortable with a black man in the with house and a lot of voters are riding the republicans coat tail, McConnell said it all this is all about getting Obama out of the white house,

    June 8, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    They will never work with you Mr. President but the people KNOW this and have come to expect nothing less from them. What can WE do? We can send them a STRONG message in November and remind them they work for US the U.S. taxpapers by giving them ALL a pink slip. No work = no pay. Let's give the president people who won't always agree with him but are willing to COMPROMISE for the good of the people and get Americans back to work. Send a loud and clear message that WE'RE MAD AS H!LL AND WE'RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE!

    Obama for ALL Americans and not just the rich ones.

    June 8, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Joan

    Just noticed that some are still blaming the multi trillion dollar deficit on Pres. Obama. Most of it comes from paying for the war in Afghanistan which is still going on, the illegal and immoral war in Iraq, unfunded tax cuts and unfunded Medicare funding. Those things and the first bailout of the banks were done on PRESIDENT BUSH'S watch. Also, the economy collapesed under the Bush administration. That is the truth!! The second stimulus was supposed to be used by the states to create shovel ready jobs but most, especially the poor red states, used it to pay down their mismanaged debt. Get the facts straight. Telling lies and distortions over and over may make gullible people believe it but hopefully there are enough intelligent people who can see through the bull. Those states that want to cut back the government and lay off government workers are ADDING to the jobless rate not helping the situation. I hope the Republicans in states that want to cut back on union pensions do the same for their own pensions because they are paid for by the people too. Fair is fair.

    June 8, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. mcskadittle

    Ray E. (Georgia) (bubba): if the republican in house would stop passing ridiculous budgets and work with the senate they would get passed, its sad to see so many of you republicans duped by their political games

    June 8, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. rob

    Ok, lets see Harry Ried's bill. Lets have the Senate bring it up for a vote. You would see it go down to defeat almost unanimously just like Obama's so-called budgets. The House will not go along with the same old tired Stimulus that failed before, niether will the American public. Thats why Harry Ried and the Dems in the Senate will never bring a budget of their own up for a vote.

    Time is running out for the Democrats. Their policies have failed, the economy is lousy and their "Signature Legislation" HealthCare remains unpopular. In fact a majority want to see it struck down by the SCOTUS. They can not run on their records, they will not go on record and vote on their budget policies for the future etc. the whole "Fiscal Cliff" we face is from lack of real leadership from the president. You people call what Obama inherrited a mess?...look what Obama and the dems will leave for Romney!

    June 8, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. Malory Archer


    Remember the interview/video when everyone (including Obama) started laughing when the interviewer asked Obama–"where are the thousands of shovel ready jobs"?


    Yeah, I remember. President Obama should have been honest and told the audience that the rethuglican governors took the money that was supposed to be used to hire people to repair infrastructure, and used it to balance their budgets and give "tax refunds" to the top 1%. He then should have ordered his justice department to investigate those governors for misappropriation of funds.

    June 8, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    Cut congress size
    Cut congress pay
    Cut congress benefits
    Term limit for congressmen or women
    Then they will do something

    June 8, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. rs

    The GOP lead House is too busy trying to put Catholic Bisops into everyones' bedrooms; trying to keep people from voting; taking away from women the right to control their own bodies (but ensuring they get to work for less!), and more and more crazy ultra-rightist social engineering than to worry about mere jobs for Americans, or rebuilding the economy they wrecked. In fact they actually believe ensuring that things get worse will cause those same americans to vote for them. Meanwhile in the Senate, the GOP has filibustered everything but their lunch menus. No judges appointed, agency heads not put in place. They are delaying or halting all progress.

    This probably explains why the American Communist Party has a higher approval rating than Congressional Republicans.

    At some point, we really just ought to call them what they are: Terrorists, working against America!

    June 8, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. RJ Frazier

    The repubs are freaking stupid if they think they're plan is going to work for america when they admitted on live television they will not work with the president a year or so ago. How can you expect anything to past with people like them in the congress or the senate? It just wont happen! They can't even give students a break from their greedy plans of a white house takeover. And mitt wants us to vote who out? We need him to go back where he lived and never return for all american sanity. Obama, i'm going to vote for you. You need to get these "jokes" out of your white house and senate. Get the people to vote in decent Americans who just dont do it for themselves, but us citizens who actually care about everything, poor included. If you repukes want to do something about our country, then you need to step back and let the country think for itself, not you dictators. And for the democrats (And I AM A INDEPENDANT BTW), you want your retirement or more jobs, you better get out there and vote for Obama instead of complaining of nothing getting done. Show this country your not just whinning about every issue and collectively vote toward change. As a independant (and no im not a leftist), I'm going to vote for a president who MADE a change, not someone who lies about it OR promises things that doesn't work, which the republiers have done more over 10 years in the white house. So no Mitt, you will NOT have my vote and you never will. That also goes to the repukes for the next 30 years!

    June 8, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Bill

    Boehner,Cantor,and Turtle face McConnell are holding the people of America "hostage"!!! They are the "Worst Congress in our countrys history. Bush Regime let Wallstreet "Gamble Americas Pensions,"Lost", and put your money in there Pockets! Legally, these "Thugs" robbed you! Remember also, Gov. Scott in Florida, was involved in the worst Medicare Fraud case in history! Put him in jail, DOJ?

    June 8, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. rs

    Hey JP- The reason we have a defict is that the stupid Republicans keep cutting taxes for the rich, and giving billions of dollars in "incentives" to big oil.

    June 8, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Malory Archer

    You people call what Obama inherrited a mess?...look what Obama and the dems will leave for Romney!


    A nation where jobs are actually being created (albeit slowly) vs. lost at a rate of 750k a month on innaguration day.

    A Dow Jones at 12,500 and climbing vs. 7,000 on innaguration day.

    A bunch of dead terrorists, including OBL vs. "be afraid, be very afraid."

    June 8, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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