In his weekly radio address to the nation today, President Obama said that starting next week he will send portions of his American Jobs Act back to Congress for votes. A Senate Republican filibuster blocked the bill earlier this week.
The first will be legislation to help local governments put hundreds of thousands of teachers back in the classroom, cops back on the streets and firefighters back on the job.
And if they vote “no” on that, they’ll have to tell you why. They’ll have to tell you why teachers in your community don’t deserve a paycheck again. They’ll have to tell your kids why they don’t deserve to have their teacher back. They’ll have to tell you why they’re against commonsense proposals that would help families and strengthen our communities right now.
Obama said that in coming weeks other parts of the jobs package will be sent to Capitol Hill including bills to:
- put construction workers back on the job, rebuilding roads and bridges;
- provide tax cuts for small businesses that hire veterans;
- make sure that middle-class families don’t see a tax hike next year;
- ensure that the unemployed and out-of-work youth have a chance to get back in the workforce and earn their piece of the American Dream.
In his address Obama said “Putting people back to work. Restoring economic security for the middle class. Rebuilding an economy where hard work is valued and responsibility is rewarded – an economy that’s built to last,” is what’s at stake in these upcoming votes.
I’m going to travel all over the country over the next few weeks so that we can remind Congress that’s their job. Because there’s still time to create jobs and grow our economy right now. There’s still time for Congress to do the right thing. We just need to act.