The White House is holding fast to its claim that Republicans are running a do-nothing Congress, and, unlike President Obama, have yet to put forth a jobs bill — or at least a real one.
Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) press office Thursday evening pointedly released a summary of a private phone call he and Obama had earlier that day, in which Boehner took serious issue with Obama’s claims during that morning’s press conference that he has yet to see a GOP plan for job creation. (Obama had called Boehner to congratulate him on the passage of trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama).
Boehner reminded Obama that House Republicans put forth a “Plan for America’s Job Creators” in May, and noted that he and other members of the GOP leadership team have spoken with the President and his staff about the plan and referenced it on numerous occasions, in letters and elsewhere.
The GOP plan consists of repealing government regulations on businesses, reducing taxes on individuals to 25 percent, allowing businesses to reinvest their overseas profits in the U.S. without having to pay a tax penalty, passing the three trade agreements, maximizing U.S. energy production and paying down the debt by slashing government spending.
But the White House argues that most of those policies — minus the trade agreements (which he strongly supported) — won’t do anything to create jobs immediately, and so Obama and his team don’t consider the proposal a real Jobs plan and they haven’t been shy about saying so.
- White House: Boehner’s outburst shows he’s feeling heat on jobs (dailykos.com)
- Obama Phones Speaker Boehner; Gets Earful (abcnews.go.com)
- White House: Our Jobs Bill Is The Only One That Boosts Economy Now (huffingtonpost.com)
- Boehner whines that Obama is ignoring the Republican ‘Plan for Job Creators’ (dailykos.com)
- Obama, Boehner Chat About Jobs Measures (blogs.wsj.com)
- Speaker Boehner pushes back over the phone (whitehouse.blogs.cnn.com)
- Congrats – Talks between speaker, president (politico.com)