Obama Attacks Cantor Over Jobs Bill

October 4, 2011 - 1:04 PM

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President Barack Obama talks about his jobs bill at Lincoln High School in Denver, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama, in a speech to supporters in Dallas, Texas, today attacked House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), challenging the conservative lawmaker to come to Texas and tell the president what he did not like about the $447-billion American Jobs Act.

“Yesterday, the Republican Majority Leader in Congress, Eric Cantor, said that right now, he won’t even let the jobs bill have a vote in the House of Representatives,” Obama said in prepared remarks released by the White House.

“I'd like Mr. Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what in this jobs bill he doesn't believe in,” said Obama.

As CNSNews.com reported on Monday, Cantor said that Obama’s bill was dead in the House, adding that the president’s “all or nothing approach is just not acceptable.”

In his remarks, Obama frequently challenged Cantor to “come down” to Dallas and tell his supporters why the second-ranking House Republican opposes the American Jobs Act.

“Come tell Dallas construction workers why they should be sitting home instead of fixing our bridges and our schools,” Obama said.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Steve Marcus)

“Come tell the small business owners and workers in this community why you’d rather defend tax breaks for millionaires than tax cuts for the middle-class,” he said.  “And if you won’t do that, at least put this jobs bill up for a vote so that the entire country knows exactly where every Member of Congress stands.”

The president’s bill, the American Jobs Act of 2011, was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)  on Sept. 12 but, so far, it has garnered no Democrat co-sponsors, although there are 51 Democrats and two Independents in the Senate.  In the House, the legislation (HR 12)  was introduced by Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) on Sept. 21 but also has earned no co-sponsors so far even though there are 192 Democrats in the House.

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) (AP Photo)

Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring responded to Obama in a written statement, asking whether the president would veto Republican ideas for job creation, saying that America needed “serious leadership,” something Dayspring stressed was needed in light of Obama’s “dismal” record on job creation.

“If House Republicans sent our plan for America’s job creators to the president, would he promise not to veto it in its entirety?” Dayspring asked. “Would he travel district to district and explain why he’d block such common sense ideas to create jobs?”

“President Obama needs to understand that his ‘my way or the highway’ approach simply isn’t going to work in the House or the Democratic Senate, especially in light of his abysmal record on jobs,” said Dayspring. “Serious problems deserve serious leadership, and the American people have gone without it for far too long. Republicans are trying to work together despite our disagreements -- why isn’t the president?”