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Pres. Obama: Were not going to wait around and play the usual political games here in Washington
October 13, 2011

from yesterday's news conference: ( )

(W)ith respect to the jobs bill, I have said repeatedly that the single most important thing we can do for the economy right now is put people back to work right now. And we have put forward a jobs bill that independent economists -- not my team, not my administration -- have said would grow the economy substantially and put up to 1.9 million people back to work. These are proposals that historically have been supported not just by Democrats, but also by Republicans. As Ive said as Ive traveled around the country, I dont know when rebuilding our roads and bridges that are decaying suddenly became a partisan issue.

And I was at a Jobs Council meeting up in Pittsburgh with CEOs from companies across the board, many of whom have been traditional supporters of the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable and other organizations that the Republican Party has claimed a lot of support for. And they said, for example, when it came to infrastructure this is something that anybody in Washington should agree to.

The Republicans havent given a good answer as to why they have not agreed to wanting to rebuild our roads and our bridges and our schools. They have not given us a good reason as to why they don't want to put teachers back in the classroom. And so what were going to do is were going to break each of these bills apart. Were going to say, lets have a vote on putting teachers back in the classroom. Lets have a vote on rebuilding our infrastructure. Lets have a vote on making sure that we are keeping taxes low for small businesses and businesses that are willing to hire veterans, provide tax breaks for further investment that can create jobs. And each time were going to ask Republicans to support the bill. And if they don't want to support the bill, theyve got to answer not just to us, but also the American people as to why they wouldnt.

Frankly, we have not seen a lot of ideas coming forward from Republicans that would indicate that same kind of commitment to job creation. If they do -- if Senator McConnell or Speaker Boehner say to me, you know what, we want to get some infrastructure built in this country, we think that putting construction workers back to work is important -- Ill be right there. Well be ready to go. If they are willing to renew the payroll tax as we worked on together in December, Ill be ready to go.

I dont think the problem here is that I have not been unwilling to negotiate with Republicans. I've shown repeatedly my willingness to work overtime to try to get them to do something to deal with this high unemployment rate. What we havent seen is a similar willingness on their part to try to get something done. And were not going to wait around and play the usual political games here in Washington, because the American people are desperate for some relief right now . . .

I think that anytime and anyplace that they are serious about working on putting people back to work well be prepared to work with them. But were not going to create a lot of theater that then results in them engaging in the usual political talking points but dont result in action.

People want action. And Im prepared to work with them. But, again, the last time I was here at a press conference I said -- I asked you guys to show us the Republican jobs plan that independent economists would indicate would actually put people back to work. I havent yet seen it. And so, eventually, Im hoping that they actually put forward some proposals that indicate that they feel that sense of urgency about people -- needing to put people back to work right now.

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Republicans promise to create jobs -- someday

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