Republicans Remain Focused On Partisan Politics, Not Jobs

Today, the President will send the American Jobs Act to Congress and we hope Republicans will work with us to quickly take action on this plan to create jobs and grow the economy.

With no jobs plan of their own and frustrated constituents back home, Republicans claim creating jobs and growing the economy are top priorities:

“Republicans have refocused their agenda after what amounted to a six-month political brawl over federal spending. They insist that they never lost sight of the second half of their ‘cut-and-grow’ agenda… But the push to slash spending in the 2011 budget battle and the debt-limit fight dominated the conversation in Washington.”

“‘I think that pretty much sucked all the oxygen out of every other debate,’ Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) said. ‘We have to multi-task and do both, and that is obviously address our spending problem and at the same time empower the private sector to create and to grow jobs.’”

“Still, when Republicans returned to their districts after the bruising debt-limit battle and the S&P downgrade of America’s credit rating, they found constituents angry at Congress and fearful of the faltering economy. ‘Frankly, I heard that they have lost a lot of confidence in Washington,’ Cantor said. ‘While they are going through such tough times, they are sick of the rancor in this town.’”

But rather than work with Democrats on the American Jobs Act, which includes proposals that Republicans have supported in the past, they are already expressing concerns about working with Democrats to create jobs and seem more focused on partisan politics than helping put more Americans back to work:

“House Republicans may pass bits and pieces of President Barack Obama’s jobs plan, but behind the scenes, some Republicans are becoming worried about giving Obama any victories — even on issues the GOP has supported in the past.”

And despite public declarations about finding common ground with Obama, some Republicans are privately grumbling that their leaders are being too accommodating with the president.”

“‘Obama is on the ropes; why do we appear ready to hand him a win?’ said one senior House Republican aide who requested anonymity to discuss the matter freely.”

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