Obama to GOP: Stop playing games with the economy

President Obama at presser 9-10-10

From the September 10, 2010 Press Conference by President Obama:

But one thing we can do next week is end a month-long standoff on a small business jobs bill that’s been held up in the Senate by a partisan minority.  I realize there are plenty of issues in Washington where people of good faith simply disagree on principle.  This should not and is not one of those issues. 

This is a bill that does two main things:  It gives small business owners tax cuts, and it helps them get loans.  It will eliminate capital gains taxes for key investments in 1 million small businesses.  It will provide incentives to invest and create jobs for 4 million small businesses.  It will more than double the amount some small business owners can borrow to grow their companies.  It’s a bill that’s paid for, a bill that won’t add to the deficit.  It has been written by Democrats and Republicans.  It’s a bill that’s been praised by the Chamber of Commerce.  And yet a minority of Republican senators have been using legislative tactics to prevent the bill from even getting to a vote. 

Now, I was pleased to see that yesterday, Republican Senator George Voinovich of Ohio said he would refuse to support this blockade any longer.  Senator Voinovich said, “This country is really hurting,” and “We don’t have time anymore to play games.” I could not agree more. …

I understand there’s an election coming up.  But the American people didn’t send us here to think about our jobs.  They sent us here to think about theirs.  And there are small businesses right now who are putting off plans to hire more workers because this bill is stalled.  That’s not the kind of leadership this country deserves.  And I hope we can now move forward to get small business owners the relief they need to start hiring and growing again. …

And it’s very hard when you’ve got a determined minority in the Senate that insists on a 60-vote filibuster on every single person that we’re trying to confirm, even if after we break the filibuster, it turns out that they get 90 votes.  They’re just playing games.  And as I think Senator Voinovich said very well, it’s time to stop playing games.

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