Obama Urges Congress to Vote on Jobs Bill in October
President Barack Obama asked Congress to vote on his jobs bill within this month despite the signs that it would receive strong resistance from the Republicans. The president said that he’s ready to sign the measure.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia said that the legislators would vote on elements of the jobs bill but it would not be considered as a whole. He added that the president’s all or nothing attitude with regards to his jobs bill is unreasonable.
The White House doesn’t want to remove any aspects of the bill and senior administration officials said that they’ll try to make the Republicans vote on the complete jobs bill. The president has introduced the bill three weeks ago and has already campaigned for it. He described Congress and the Republican Party as obstacles for its approval.
During the start of Monday’s cabinet meeting, President Obama told reporters that the Republicans must come out with what they like and dislike in the jobs bill. Cantor said that they have already listed the components they will support in a memorandum sent last September 16.
The House Majority Leader said that some of components they are willing to support are repealing the law that requires the government to withhold 3 percent of all payments made to contractors, improve the ability of small business to get capital, and remove the burdensome regulations.