Weekly addresses: White House, GOP push for economic growth
January 18th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
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Weekly addresses: White House, GOP push for economic growth

(CNN) - Both sides homed in on the economy Saturday in their weekly addresses.

While President Barack Obama promoted his 2014 strategy to take action on helping the middle class - touting his trip to North Carolina this week and pushing for a revival in America’s manufacturing sector - Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Indiana, called on the President to urge the Democratic-controlled Senate to take up a House-approved jobs bill.

White House address

Continuing the White House's push to make 2014 a "Year of Action," Obama's weekly address recapped his visit to North Carolina where he announced the creation of "manufacturing hubs" aimed at boosting innovation across the nation.

"Where Congress isn't acting, I'll act on my own to put opportunity within reach for anyone who's willing to work for it," he said.

The President touched on a number of major issues defining the White House agenda this year and pointed to growth in American energy production and slowed increase in health care costs, in part due to the Affordable Care Act.

"I firmly believe that this can be a breakthrough year for America. But to make that happen, we’re gonna have to act - to create good jobs that pay good wages, and to offer more Americans a fair shot to get ahead. That’s what I’m focused on every day that I have the privilege of serving as your president. That’s what I’m going to be focused on every single day of this year."

Republican address

Stutzman said the American people "don’t need to read another jobs report to know that our economy is struggling," and pivoted attention to House-passed bills aimed to promote economic growth.

"We’ve upended Washington’s hurtful ‘regulate first, ask later’ approach to red tape and fought arbitrary regulations that restrict access to much-needed capital,” he said.

The Indiana Republican hit back at the "Year of Action" slogan, urging Obama to push his party's leaders in the Senate to make moves on the Republican-controlled House's jobs plan.

"[Democrats] seem to have surrendered to a new normal of high unemployment. Instead of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with out-of-work Americans, they’re focused on making it easier to live without a job. They’re focused on bigger government and less opportunity. More debt and fewer jobs," he said.

"Republicans hope the president is serious about making 2014 a “year of action.” It should start by giving each of these jobs bills an up-or-down vote in the Senate."

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Get rid off entire congress panel of cult–thus you drive evil away.

    January 18, 2014 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Let me guess. If the house jobs bill is like the rest, it eliminates regulations, freezes salaries, cuts unemployment benefits, give more tax breaks and incentives to big corporations, defunds the ACA, eliminates women's reproductive rights, cuts the minimum wage, and gives bigger breaks to big oil. Same old crap.

    January 18, 2014 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Putting 300,000 troops in Iran is not considered a jobs bill.

    January 18, 2014 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  4. Norma Vessels

    Now the Republicans in Congress want to help create jobs. Hmmm, why is that, after 5 years of stone walling any Bill that would have helped create jobs? Why? Because this is election year. The Republicans want us to believe that they are the good guys, that they have been misunderstood and really have worked hard to create jobs, but it was the Senate that stopped them. Whew!

    January 18, 2014 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  5. rla

    obama and the progressives had their chance and screwed it up so bad the nation is at risk- time to burry this bunch in the well of history

    January 18, 2014 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Both parties are total liars about economic growth. Neither is doing anything to promote business and jobs in America. Quite the contrary.

    January 18, 2014 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  7. PaulG

    That's private sector growth, have to point that out to the libs who believe government money is free to burn.

    January 18, 2014 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  8. Anonymous

    I would like to welcome the Grand Old Party back into the "hey, let's help our fellow citizens" mantra they left behind election night 2010. We haven't heard such downright voter appealing talking points for well over 4 years now. Too bad it is a day late and a dollar short for those who needed sound and economical bills passed throughout these past 4 years that the GOP has held America's purse strings. Anyone, and I mean ANYONE, who spends the next 10 months believing that the GOP is now willing to set aside their obstruction deserves to once again be pushed back under the bus in November 2014 much in the same way they were pushed under the bus the day after the 2010 election results were announced.

    January 18, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. wendel

    every time the republicans open their mouths they lie. Have jobs been at the for front? I think so. While the economy is slowly improving repos would have you believe it is not. Tired of their lies and worthless comments. No ideas no help.

    January 18, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. jboh

    I have a great suggestion. Let's do what worked so well in the TEA/GOP touted 1950's. Top tax rate of 91%; strong labor unions; and heavy government spending on national infa-structure. Instead TEA/GOP backs what has failed time and again. Deregulation/tax cuts for the corporations/wealthy(Bush's Great Recession, Reagan's recession, Hoover's Depression). If you want an example of unregulated, self-policed free enterprise, look at Mexico's drug cartels.

    January 18, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. rs

    Even some Right-wingers are saying if we want to grow the economy, we have to raise the minimum wage to more than $12 an hour. Fast food shops aren't going to "outsource" to China, and there is a nodding recognition that getting a Walmart actually increases poverty in your town.

    The so-called Republican jobs bill does not contain unemployment for people for more than 22 week; an increase in the minimum wage; equal pay for women; or even basic job protections.

    The GOP needs to end their war on the poor and socialism for corporations. It is as simple as that.

    January 18, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. HenryMiller

    Want economic growth? Get rid of Obamacare, reduce corporate tax rates, and rescind the 100 thousand new rules and regulations Obama's business-haters have saddled us with over the last five years.

    January 18, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    I just looked at the GOP "jobs" bill and it's got all the right sounding words. To the average low-information GOP voter it sounds great! For anyone with a working brain, it's simply another effort at unfettered capitalism that results in huge gains to the top 1%, further decimates the middle class, and opens our country up to even more multinational corporate control.

    NO THANKS!

    January 18, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    @HenryMiller: "Want economic growth? Get rid of Obamacare, reduce corporate tax rates, and rescind the 100 thousand new rules and regulations Obama's business-haters have saddled us with over the last five years."

    Typical low-info repub, throwing around numbers like 100K new rules and regs. Total lie. Reduce corporate tax rates? They are already low – and where are all the jobs they promised us? Oh, yeah, overseas where labor is cheap and environmental regulations don't exist. Why don't you move to China?

    Obamacare? Already bringing down costs – except in those red states where the governors don't mind making their people suffer and put party ahead of everything else.

    January 18, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. oldsarg

    Obama has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. 
Obama has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
Obama has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.


    January 18, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. Mightyduk

    If you want to be a peasant among many kings, vote republican.

    January 18, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. smith

    @rs-I can tell you have never worked in fast food management. Its all about profit and labor, that is how the general and district managers makes their bonus for the year. What will happend if the min. wage is raised to 12$ a hr. is instead of that worker getting 35-40 hrs. a week they will get 15-20 and the work load will get dumped on the salary personel. Everybody loses.

    January 18, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. rs

    HenryMiller
    Want economic growth? Get rid of Obamacare, reduce corporate tax rates, and rescind the 100 thousand new rules and regulations Obama's business-haters have saddled us with over the last five years.
    ===============
    Sure, take affordable health insurance away from millions of Americans- putting them at risk of bankruptcy, and give the rich even more money at a time when they are making record profits- silliness!
    Meanwhile as to regulations: sure so we can have more BP's, more Targets, more Patriot Chemical.
    This is proof the Right has no clue about fixing their disaster of '08.

    January 18, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Silence DoGood

    @jboh
    I have a great suggestion. Let's do what worked so well in the TEA/GOP touted 1950's. Top tax rate of 91%; strong labor unions; and heavy government spending on national infa-structure. Instead TEA/GOP backs what has failed time and again. Deregulation/tax cuts for the corporations/wealthy(Bush's Great Recession, Reagan's recession, Hoover's Depression). If you want an example of unregulated, self-policed free enterprise, look at Mexico's drug cartels.
    ----------------
    Good point – conservatives harken back to the mythological "good old days" that are nothing like what they are proposing. And there was some horrible stuff in the history of this country from time to time that we have gotten through. We need to move forward with reasonable plans, not back to a time that didn't exist.

    January 18, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    rs
    Even some Right-wingers are saying if we want to grow the economy,
    =======================

    Ever notice how the messaging strategy works in the GOP? In 2010 everyone was talking jobs. The GOP went around yelling "Jobs ...? Yeah. We need more jobs." Same thing is happening now. Everyone is talking economy. The GOP is now running around with their own economy messaging: "Economy, you say? Yeah. YEAH! Lets grow the economy."

    They don't have ideas. They co-opt ideas and then sell it to the MSM as their newest talking point so everyone is talking what the GOP wants talked about. Unfortunately for the GOP and the media, co-opting an idea and running on it isn't the same as understanding what it is they're co-opting.

    War on women? War on minorities? War on poverty? "Yeah. YEAH! we need 'em to vote for us too". All co-opted without the basic understanding of what it is they're talking about.

    They can't even get the "messaging" together and they want us to agree with them that they've "covered all the bases"?

    January 18, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. len

    How do we create more jobs.....vote the GOP out of office in 2014!!!!

    January 18, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Mike in Texas

    @! Henry,

    You can get rid of every regulation, ACA and make tax rates zero and companies still wouldn't hire. All they care about is making the most profit they can. Your proposal just puts more money in their pockets. Business aren't in the business of hiring people, they are in the business of making money. If they truly were job creators for Americans, they would make their products in the U.S. and hire American workers. Why is Apple building IPhones in China? Because it's cheaper. If they built them here, they would still make a profit. What happened to country first?

    January 18, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. ukpong edem

    US politicians have to call a space a space in their economic reform as to revive American economics& healthcares delivery

    January 18, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    @jboh: "If you want an example of unregulated, self-policed free enterprise, look at Mexico's drug cartels."

    Somalia is another good example. China's good for lack of regulation (unless, of course, you LIKE wearing a mask outside because of the smog and think antifreeze in your toothpaste is tasty).

    January 18, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    @Tampa Tim: "Let me guess. If the house jobs bill is like the rest ...Same old crap."

    Yes, indeed. Go to the gop dot gov website slash jobs to read all about it. They promise it will "expand opportunity for everyone – without expanding government."

    Translation: Dog-eat-dog, Baby! Welcome to the Third-World States of America, where the top 1% own and control everything, there's no pesky middle class, and the rest of you poor slobs are kept in line by religious police! Gotta get going on flipping our economy where WE are the slave-wage job holders, servicing the burgeoning middle classes of China, India, etc. All the while the oligarchs continue to engage in their p*ssing contest to see who's REALLY is the biggest.

    Ain't it grand?

    January 18, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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