W.H.: Partial Jobs Bill Is OK For Now
Seung Min Kim
September 13, 2011
President Obama would approve of Congress passing his jobs bill in pieces, as the Republican leaders appear inclined to do, White House economic adviser Gene Sperling says.
Sperling told reporters at a jobs summit that the administration will make a “strong push” for Congress to pass the plan all at once, but that if it is approved piece by piece, the White House will continue to prod lawmakers on the rest of it.
Sperling’s assertion contradicts the claim made by Obama adviser David Axelrod, who said this morning: "We’re not in a negotiation to break up the package, and it’s not an a la carte menu. It is a strategy to get this country moving." Obama was quoted by The Wall Street Journal as telling Hispanic journalists that he wouldn't veto pieces of the jobs bill if they were sent to him.
If Obama were “presented with parts of his plan, his instinct would be not to reject things he favored but to come back and keep fighting and fighting to get the entire program,” Sperling said Tuesday.
Sperling, who began his jobs pitch on Capitol Hill last week in a closed-door meeting with House Democrats, said he expects that he’ll be back in the coming weeks to sell the plan further. “I have a feeling that my days of briefing members of Congress ... are not quite yet through,” he said.