(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.