Weekly addresses: White House, GOP push for economic growth
January 18th, 2014
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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. Donna

    Obama and the Democrats have proved over the last 7 years they have controlled the federal government that they have NO IDEA how to create jobs or get the economy going again. All they have proven is that they know how to grow the number of people dependent on government handouts. FIVE YEARS after the recession has ended and there are massive numbers of unemployed people.

    If the country and economy is to ever start going again, it will require the removal of Democrats from Senate so the Republicans can start fixing the stagnant economy Obama and the Democrats have created.

    January 18, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. just saying

    it is really funny that at the same time you have the far left kooks in here deriding trickle down economics and claiming it does work, you have obama using tax breaks to create 'promise zones' and the state of ny giving large tax breaks to companies relocating there. i'm not sure if the people in here are clueless hypocrites or obama and ny state have finally learned what it takes to grow the economy and create jobs. getting the massive, greedy oppressive federal and state tax piranhas out of the way is a good start.

    January 18, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Fish

    You want economic growth start by passing Glass-Steagall!!! Nuff said!!!

    January 18, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. sean

    How can I get survive in this life when im allready broke as it is I am21 and have nothing as it is I talked to the health care marketing lady to apply for obama care and she said the Iinfo I gave her I qualified for 160 a month I cant pay that I can barely pay my bills as it is

    January 18, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Harold Read

    The Obama Administration has had one of it's greatest victories by getting the lowest unemployment rate in 5 years. Of course it was accomplished by having the lowest employment participation in 35 years.
    All Obama has to do is continue to drive the employment participation rate lower and he will have even a lower unemployment rate!

    January 18, 2014 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Thomas

    @Fish
    You want economic growth start by passing Glass-Steagall!!! Nuff said!!!

    ===

    It should have never been overturned , thanks Bill C .

    January 18, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Donna
    Obama and the Democrats have proved over the last 7 years they have controlled the federal government that they have NO IDEA how to create jobs or get the economy going again
    ===========================

    Donna if you believe half of what you type, I feel nothing but pity for you. It takes a great deal of self deflection to spend your time and effort repeating talking points directed to you by millionaires who have done nothing but milk you of your common sense and your pride. It doesn't speak well of them (nor of you) to get you and others to keep pimping their message for them against your fellow citizens. There is nothing humorous or noteworthy in trying to convince those who are much less off than you project yourself to be to vote against their own best interest.

    January 18, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Thomas

    @Donna / just saying

    Republicans did a great job fixing the economy back in 2007 , let's do it again ?

    Trickle down economics Ted Cruz style , Ronald Reagan, in 1979. "If you've seen one redwood, you've seen them all."

    January 18, 2014 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. yolanda

    @ Think Again, you might to do a little research on US corporate tax rates compared to the rest of the industrialized world before you start using that as a basis for your argument....that is if you care to be fact-based. Just a friendly suggestion.

    January 18, 2014 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. ken

    2014..??? .OK, what happened is he has a huge pile of rusty shovels from his last effort. So now we are to believe that he has any kind of plan now.. maybe he could hire some people to separate the metal from the handles on that pile of shovels behind the W H.

    January 18, 2014 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. hellsyeahs

    White House pushes for economic growth.
    GOP pushes for wealthy donors portfolio growth.

    January 18, 2014 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  12. Hairy reed

    sean

    How can I get survive in this life when im allready broke as it is I am21 and have nothing as it is I talked to the health care marketing lady to apply for obama care and she said the Iinfo I gave her I qualified for 160 a month I cant pay that I can barely pay my bills as it is
    ---------------------------------------------–
    Welcome to obamaville.

    January 18, 2014 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    @sean: Start by learning how to write proper English. If your post is an example of a cover letter you've sent in with a job application, I can see why no one has hired you. Get your GED; if you have it, go to community college. Do something to improve yourself and keep plugging away!

    You're too young to give up – and $160 a month for healthcare coverage is pretty reasonable.

    January 18, 2014 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. Silence DoGood

    $$$ for military – no problem – keep in coming – we don't have to pay for it
    $$$ for corporate welfare – no problem – keep in coming – we don't have to pay for it
    $$$ for rich tax breaks – no problem – keep in coming – we don't have to pay for it
    $$$ for poor – how do we pay for it?

    January 18, 2014 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  15. Mightyduk

    Republicans don't care about economic growth they only care about corporate growth. The rest of America can take a hike.

    January 18, 2014 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  16. Nameraymond

    The economy had a severe "stroke"in 2008. It's job producing capacity is no longer sufficient to produce the required amount(5% ?) of jobs anymore. Economists are fighting this "Compression" with yesterday's recession tactics !!!

    January 18, 2014 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  17. Obama - Reid - Pelosi - 2007 - 2014 - 7 Years of FAILURE

    If you want more jobs and a better economy, get rid of the clowns that have screwed up the country for the last 7 years, Obama, Reid, Pelosi and every one of their little followers in the House and Senate. If you want to continue with record unemployment and food stamp rolls then continue voting for Democrats. It really is that simple. The country messed up big time in 2012 by putting Obama back in the White House because of all of his lies. Don't screw up again in 2014 America. We are running out of time.

    January 18, 2014 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    @Donna: "Obama and the Democrats have proved over the last 7 years they have controlled the federal government that they have NO IDEA how to create jobs or get the economy going again."

    First off, Democrats have NOT "controlled the federal government" for the last 7 years. For starters, Bush was president for 2 of the 7 years you're counting. And contrary to the lies from the right, Democrats had a super-majority in the Senate FOR ONLY 72 days in 2009, due to Coleman and the Repubs delay the swearing-in of Senator Al Franken and the illnesses and deaths of Senators Byrd and Kennedy. Even then, there were several "blue-dog Democrats" who voted with the Repubs in the Senate. For the rest of the time, Senate Repubs have used the filibuster an unprecedented number of times to block legislation.

    Besides, all of the GOP's economic policies are PROVEN FAILURES, Donna. Boom and bust, with the top 1% always coming out on top. If it hadn't been for Democratic policies, the tanked global economy would have resulted in a Great Depression here in the U.S.; the American auto industry – and the 1+ million jobs it sustains – would be a thing of the past; hundreds of thousands of Americans would have lost their homes.

    The problem is the obstruction and thwarting of the will of the American people demonstrated by the repubs. Newsflash, sister: A majority of Americans voted for President Obama TWICE, retained a Democratic majority in the Senate and cast 1.4 million MORE votes for Democrats in the House than repubs (if it weren't for district gerrymandering, the tea bags would be TOAST).

    BTW, where are all the jobs, jobs, jobs you righties promised would result from cutting taxes for the rich? Oh, our bad: we forgot to say we wanted them created HERE in the U.S., not overseas where labor is cheap and environmental regs are non-existent.

    The only sane choice is to get rid of the tea bag/repubs who have been dragging our country down and replace them with Dems and Progressives who know how to keep our country moving forward.

    January 18, 2014 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    @just saying: "it is really funny that at the same time you have the far left kooks in here deriding trickle down economics and claiming it does work, you have obama using tax breaks to create 'promise zones' and the state of ny giving large tax breaks to companies relocating there."

    There's a difference between creating tax incentives for companies who then create jobs in their communities and giving tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires who invest their extra dough overseas. Even a simpleton like you should be able to see that.

    January 18, 2014 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  20. Name

    GOP war on poverty? How about GOP war on the impoverished! The biggest problem with the GOP's plan for the future is it is ALWAYS involves enriching themselves by taking from the poor AND cut regulations for manufacturing and oil production. Reducing regulations on the dirtiest polluters I the world? Stupid to the 10th degree! Go look at Chinas air and polluted waters and tell me if you think that is what America should be!

    January 19, 2014 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  21. don in albuquerque

    Okay Donna, and how will they fix? Create Jobd? Nope didn't manage that. Unbudgeted wars? That was a real winner. Unbudgeted drug plans? That was nice. And people like yourself offer nothing at all but criticism of those trying do anything, and obstructionism. The truth is that fixing "anything" is so far removed from the GOTP and yourself it might as well be in a land called OZ.

    January 19, 2014 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  22. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Seems we've heard this before. It must be getting about time for the campaigns to start. Remember all the calls for jobs and job growth. Did it happen?

    January 19, 2014 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  23. Lizzie

    Think again, with the one statement about delaying swearing in Al Franken, you showed to be a LIAR, Harry Reed swore him in so fast, that when it came out that he won by democratic voter fraud and ballot box stuffing it was to late. Please explain where you come up with 72 DAYS. For the last TWO years of Pres.Bush the democrats controlled the senate and EVERYTHING went downhill, unemployment rose BLAME PRES.BUSH, gasoline prices went up BLAME PRES.BUSH,apparently you are so used to having unemployment up over 7% and gasoline over $4 but now instead of BLAMING the President you blame everyone else. You are a hypocrite. Blaming others is a sign of low self esteem.

    January 19, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    "that when it came out that he won by democratic voter fraud and ballot box stuffing it was to late."

    To my recollection there has never been voter fraud or ballot box stuffing convictions in Minnesota. What are your facts to suggest otherwise?

    January 19, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Lizzie and DONNA, two GOP teahage stooges!!!!!no credibility like the rest of the GOP morons.

    January 19, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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