(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Saturday urged congressional action to help cash-strapped local governments fund teacher positions, while Republicans called for passage of their jobs plan and repeal of the health care law.
Obama and Rep. Erik Paulsen, a Minnesota Republican, issued their appeals in their weekly addresses.
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Paulsen advanced Republican-backed measures they have branded the Plan for America's Job Creators, some of which have passed the House but not fared so well in the Senate.
"One of those initiatives, passed just this week, repeals a massive job killing tax increase on medical device manufacturers that is in the president's health care law," Paulsen said.
"Repealing this job-crushing tax is a critical step, also worthy of the Senate's support."
He criticized the 2010 health reform law, the anticipated effects of which he said have caused some small businesses "to lay off workers and they may even have to shut their doors completely."
Obama, meanwhile, called for Congress to plant seeds for future economic growth by hiring teachers to educate young people who will become the country's work force.
That would reverse a trend of layoffs in education, he said.
"Think about what that means for our country," Obama said of layoffs. "When there are fewer teachers in our schools, class sizes start climbing up. Our students start falling behind. And our economy takes a hit."
When states face "tough times," he said, "it's up to Congress to step in and help out."
But one hurdle in the way of progress on Obama's and Paulsen's proposals - or even compromise - is posturing ahead of the November election.
"I know this is an election year," Obama said. "But some things are bigger than an election. Some things are bigger than politics."
Paulsen made no reference of the upcoming election, but his call - for repeal of the health care law - is central to the platforms of many Republicans.
Rick Santorum is about as low as you can get. Using your child as an excuse to drop out because you're losing is a pitiful excuse for a man because nothing has changed with this child. When God has blessed and saved your child he's sending you a message, don't play with God.
Just make a deal no government healthcare for elector official including tax right off as well cash up front when see a doctor. A deal! . Bless
The credit downgrade was brought on by Republicans in the House not the President. Hell, the President offered a 3 for 1 spending cut to tax hikes and the Republicans said no.
The economy now is better than it was when Obama took office. If his jobs bill was passed, unemployment would be at least one point lower.
An improving economy will reassure Obama another four years so why would Republicans want that?
My guess is the Republicans will try austerity measures...They won't work and they will then implement Obama's plans because their plans will be utter failures.
bring back all the jobs republicans sent to china -problem solved
No kidding...according to Obama's public statement....It seems Obama just found out that "Economy not doing fine".....
They are stealing the votes by suppressing and stopping democracy. They are buying are country. Look what they did in wiscousin, they brought the governor. We got to get involve.
"When states face "tough times," he said, "it's up to Congress to step in and help out.""
The states are facing "tough times" largely because of Congress! The "tough times" are a direct result of a federal government that's determined to over-tax the people and businesses of America, thereby crushing the economies that fund the states.
The last thing we need is for "Congress to step in and help out;" what we truly need is for Congress to quit interfering in our lives. As Ronald Reagan put it, "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'""
So, people are laying workers off becuase of the healthcare law? Interesting! Who? the law requires that everyone be insured, not that employers pay for it. Nor does that provision take affect until 2014 and will not have any impact on "small business"
Why must Republicans continually lie about healthcare reform?
And how stupid do they think people are that we beleive any business currently selling product is laying people off because of healthcare costs?