Yesterday, President Obama finally acknowledged that his all-or-nothing approach on his jobs bill is not going to work, saying, “we’re going to have to break it up.” Sadly, all of this political grandstanding we’ve been witnessing over the last month could have been avoided. Immediately after the President’s address to Congress, and the next day in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Majority Leader Cantor called for a focus on areas of agreement where we can get people back to work.
- Yesterday: President Obama Acknowledged The Only Way Forward Is To Break Up His Bill. Even before the vote, President Obama acknowledged the bill faced certain defeat and conceded the White House would have to take a new approach. "We're going to have to break it up," he said shortly after meeting with a group of business and labor leaders in Pittsburgh. (The Los Angeles Times, 10/11/11)
- September 9th: Leader Cantor Calls On President Obama, Senate Democrats To Focus On Areas Of Agreement. Today, both the president and I will be in Richmond to talk about our top priority — creating jobs. There will be some areas where we agree, and some where we don't. Good people can disagree. But Virginians, like most Americans, expect us to act responsibly and work together so that the economy can grow and people can get back to work. In a divided government, we shouldn't allow our differences to prevent us from making progress on areas where we can agree. Focusing on areas of common ground will provide real results for the tens of millions of Americans currently out of work or struggling paycheck to paycheck. I stand ready to work with the president to get the economy back on track. I hope the president shows a willingness to do the same. (The Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/9/11)