Taking on the GOP Over Jobs

Obama urges Congress to pass key elements of jobs bill, blasts GOP for choosing partisanship.


Far from backing off President Obama's jobs bill after its defeat in the Senate, White House officials are renewing their campaign to pass key elements of the measure and at the same time blast Republicans for intransigence.

For example, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer is hitting the Republicans hard for blocking the measure. In a new posting on the White House blog entitled "We Can't Take 'No' for An Answer," Pfeiffer says, "[N]ot a single member of the Republican party voted for a bill that independent economists estimate would put up to 1.9 million Americans back to work next year. They blocked a piece of legislation filled with ideas that they have supported in the past that would keep teachers in the classroom, police officers on the beat, and put construction workers back on the job rebuilding our roads and bridges."

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Pfeiffer urges Congress to "take up each individual piece of the American Jobs Act. Will they oppose each of these commonsense measures that will get the American people back to work and put money in the pockets of middle-class families?" See Pfeiffer's comments here.

The Democratic National Committee also is sending E-mails to reporters calling attention to polls showing that most Americans support the Obama plan. One example used by the DNC is the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll indicating that 30 percent of respondents said Congress should pass the Obama legislation; 22 percent said no, and 44 percent had no position. But when pollsters followed up with an explanation of the bill—that it would cut payroll taxes, fund new road construction, extend unemployment benefits and increase taxes on the wealthy--an impressive 63 percent said they favored the measure and 32 percent opposed it.

[Read: Democrats See Obama's Jobs Bill as a Rallying Point.]

These findings have enouraged White House officials and the DNC to more aggressively explain the bill's provisions and attack the Republicans in Congress as obstructionists.

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