Before it's even announced, spat over jobs bargain
July 30th, 2013
01:51 PM ET
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Before it's even announced, spat over jobs bargain

(CNN) – As President Barack Obama flew to Tennessee Tuesday to announce a new proposal to spur job growth, Republicans in Washington were already characterizing the plan as a one-sided dud.

On Twitter, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said his office first learned of the so-called "grand bargain" proposal through media reports.

While House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Michigan, did get a heads up, a senior House GOP leadership aide said, but noted that no one in the lower chamber's Republican leadership – either lawmakers or their staffs - got any calls or briefing on the Obama's proposal.

But two administration sources said they called and left a message for Boehner Monday night, and got a return call from his office Tuesday.

In a statement, Boehner's spokesman Michael Steel wrote, "The President has always supported corporate tax reform. Republicans want to help families and small businesses, too. This proposal allows President Obama to support President Obama's position on taxes and President Obama's position on spending, while leaving small businesses and American families behind."

On the Senate side, a congressional GOP source said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell got a phone call from the White House late Monday night with a brief description of the president's jobs proposal. McConnell himself cited the phone call on the Senate floor Tuesday, but said the plan itself was old news.

"While I understand he is looking for headlines here, reports indicate that the policy he intends to announce doesn't exactly qualify as news," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor. "It is just a further left version of a widely panned plan he already proposed two years ago, this time with extra goodies for tax-and-spend liberals."

The dispute comes after months after Obama's "charm offensive" with members of Congress, which involved meals and a round of golf with a total of 25 GOP senators.

He visited the Capitol on three consecutive days is March, visiting the Republican and Democratic blocs in both chambers.

He'll return to the Capitol on Wednesday – but this time, his meetings are only with the Democrats.

CNN's Jessica Yellin, Deirdre Walsh and Lisa Desjardins contributed to this report.

Filed under: Jobs • John Boehner • Mitch McConnell • President Obama
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. lolo

    Now that the president is moving on without their approval they still want to obstruct. They just don't want the black man to get any credit for doing the right thing. Only in America can your Congress deny everything and not do their jobs. Wake up people and vote these GOP clowns out. I really can not believe that their own sheep think that this is good for America helping corporations and not the American people.

    July 30, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "widely panned plan "

    Yeah, so "widely panned" that he won the election in 2012 running on pretty much these very plans and won a second term hands-down by a landslide that horribly embarrassed almost every single GOP/Teatroll operative, pundit and donation-leech in the country, most notably King Leech himself, Karl Rove.

    July 30, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. sonny chapman

    "Hell no you can't"!! Now what's the question ?

    July 30, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. kayla

    there you go again mr. turtle. please stop acting the way you look

    July 30, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Isn't it amazing how Republicans can claim ignorance of the details on the one hand, while using the other hand to slash and burn the proposals? What's even more amazing is that everyone seems able to see through that, except the right wing.

    July 30, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    As long as no manufacturing in USA economy keeps faltered. Cut H1-b j-1visas. Job train. Tighten immigration too.

    July 30, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. California Gary

    The POTUS should not waste one more minute of his time trying to work with Republicans........just get done whatever he can without their cooperation, because they will not cooperate with him on anything. He could propose everything they included in their party platform, and they would oppose him on every point just because he proposed it. They have no interest in accomplishing anything, just in trying to make the POTUS look bad in any way they matter who gets hurt in the process. Sad state of affairs........

    July 30, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. rs

    It would be funny....
    After calling the duly elected President of the United States every name in the book (muslim, fascist, communist, socialist, Islamo-facsist, etc...); after running the "Birther" camapign against him; after attacking his family; after threatening to make his a "one-term President", threatening impeachment; making up faux conspiracies about the IRS, State Department deaths in Beghazi and more; holding evey piece of his agenda hostage......
    Boehner somehow expects that he will be the very first guy the President calls upon.

    Republicans have lost their freakin' minds.

    July 30, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. jboh

    The TEA/GOP doesn't want jobs. They just want power to shaft everyone but their Wall St puppet-masters. The teapot needs flushed.

    July 30, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "I have no idea what's in it!!!!! Death panels!!!!"

    Yawn. Cognitive dissonance is the GOP/Teatrolls' bread and butter.

    July 30, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. bill

    just another ride on af1. this clown should try and LEAD just once and do his job.

    July 30, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. JustAO

    And the GOP plan for job growth and middle class wages...NOTHING...just more tax cuts for rich...oh I mean...'the successful job creators'...(ie Kim Kardashians, hedgefund managers, or Walmart CEOs of the world).

    July 30, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Dallas

    What is wrong with these useless Republicans? They only are capable of saying the word NO, no matter what the President offers. They care nothing about the American people, jobs, healthcare or anything else. Vote every damn one of them out of office next year. Useless human beings!

    July 30, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "As President Barack Obama flew to Tennessee Tuesday to announce a new proposal to spur job growth, Republicans in Washington were already characterizing the plan as a one-sided dud."

    Another "Oh, absolutely" article.

    Republicans have spent nearly 5 years on a one-sided dud offense. What makes anyone think this year will be any different? Eventually you'd think even GOPerville would get the message that the GOP has no plans whatsoever to help spurt job growth.

    Indeed. They are banking on NOT helping speed up the process of adding more jobs.

    July 30, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Jason

    Republicans have a Jobs Plan. It is called Key Stone Pipeline.

    July 30, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Obama has had nothing original to offer to this country, on anything. He copied someone else' health care plan, and applied it where it didn't belong, then he expanded it to allow for outrageous giveaways, to win votes, that were never actually in the original bill.

    That is the single accomplishment he has to tout. He has accomplished nothing else, but debt, and more debt; waste, and more waste.

    Obama has left almost every single thing Bush had in place. He has no original ideas, of any kind. He is basically a fraud.

    July 30, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "In case you were curious, we heard about this "grand bargain" offer from the AP wire."

    Translation: "We've spent 5 years doing nothing but attacking the man personally and refusing to cooperate with him in even the slightest of ways, yet we're still going to use faux poutrage over him not coming to us before going to the public as our excuse for just throwing up our hands and refusing to cooperate in any way."

    Cry us a river, you petulant, puerile, spiteful d-bags.

    July 30, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Romney is STILL NOT My Hero

    @sonny chapman

    "Hell no you can't"!! Now what's the question ?
    You are 100% correct. Orange Boehner and McKKKonnell are always ready to say that phrase. They will say it even if our president tells them he's going to give them everything they want (then, he's a push-over who can't lead).

    It's a no win situation all around.

    July 30, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. 1Joyce

    @rs "making up faux conspiracies about the IRS, State Department deaths in Beghazi and more" Tell that to the families of those who died in Benghazi, or the organizations or people the IRS targeted (and yes, the IRS admitted they did target those groups.

    July 30, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. ghostwriter

    Nice. These nutjobs are so out there that they are now obstructing before anything is there to obstruct.

    July 30, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. Q

    Why does this country even need a Republican Party?

    July 30, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. TomInRochNY


    As long as no manufacturing in USA economy keeps faltered. Cut H1-b j-1visas. Job train. Tighten immigration too.


    Not as long as Congress is in the back pocket of international, NOT American, corporations.

    July 30, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Malory Archer

    Maybe if crybaby stopped shouting "blah, blah, blah, I can't hear" you and took his fingers out of his ears, or if crybaby's staff bothered to check his email or answer the phone when the WH called instead of letting the call roll over to voicemail when they recoginze the number on the caller ID, then choosing to not listen to the voicemail message they WOULD have known about it. The rethugs really need to put on their big boy/girl pants. Their constantly painting themselves as victims is pathetic in an amusing sort of way.

    July 30, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. rs


    Republicans have a Jobs Plan. It is called Key Stone Pipeline.
    Keystone would only employ a few thousand pipeline workers for a fairly short term deal- most likely Canadians in any event.If that's the GOP's big plan for jobs, they've got nothing.

    July 30, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. Malory Archer


    Republicans have a Jobs Plan. It is called Key Stone Pipeline.


    Yeah, that'll create approximately 150 permanent private sector jobs, but add more employees to the government the rethugs hate so much as the fed creates a couple of new departments of emergency responders and hazmat specialists to deal with the damage wrought by said pipeline – not to mention the $$$ the taxpayers for which the taxpayers will be on the hook when governments buy up houses & properties contaminated when said pipeline blows and buries entire neighborhoods under stream of tar sands.

    July 30, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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