Obama: 'Time For Congress to Do the Right Thing'

The president calls out congress to pass the American jobs act.
3:30 | 10/15/11

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I'm here in Detroit losing workers at -- GM plant in the heart of resurgent American auto industry and I brought -- guess what president Lee of South Korea. We're here because this week congress passed landmark trade agreements with countries like Korea. And assistance for American workers there will be a big win for our com. These trade agreements will support tens of thousands of American jobs. And we'll sell more Fords chevys in Chrysler's abroad stamped with three proud words made in America. So is going to see congress act in a bipartisan way on something -- will help create jobs at a time when millions of Americans are still lot of work. And need them now but that's also why it was so disappointing to see senate Republicans. Obstruct the American jobs -- Even -- majority of senators voted yes to advance this jobs bill. We can't afford this lack of action. And there's no reason for. Independent economists say that this jobs bill would give the economy jump start and lead to nearly two million new jobs. Every idea of the jobs bill is the kind of idea of both parties have supported in the past. The majority of the American people support the proposals in this jobs -- And they want action from their elected leaders to create jobs and restore some security for the middle class right now. You deserve to see your hard work and responsibility. Reward. You certainly deserve to see it reflected in the folks who sent to Washington. But rather than listen to you put folks back to work Republicans in the house spent the past couple of days picking partisan ideological fights. -- seeing -- pick and roll back clean air and water protections. They're storing up fights over woman's right to make -- health care choices. They're not focused on the concrete actions that would put people back to work right now well we're gonna give them another chance. We're gonna give them another chance to spend more time worrying about your -- been keeping -- Next week I'm urging members of congress to vote on putting hundreds of thousands of teachers back in the classroom. Cops back on the streets and firefighters back on the job. If they vote no on that we'll have to tell you why. -- -- to tell you why teachers in your community don't deserve a -- We'll have to tell your kids why they don't deserve to have their teacher back. We'll have to tell you why -- against common sense proposals that would help families and strengthen our communities right now and in the long term. In the coming weeks will have them vote on the other parts of the job. Putting construction workers back on the job rebuilding our roads and bridges. Providing tax cuts for small businesses that hire or about its. Making sure the middle class families don't see attacks like next year. And that the unemployed and are out of work you have a chance to get back in the work force and earn their piece of the American that's what's at stake. Putting people back toward. Restoring economic security for the middle class. Rebuilding an economy work hard work is valued and responsibility -- -- An economy that's built to last. I'm gonna travel all over the country over the next few weeks that we can remind congress that that's the most important thing. Because there's still time to create jobs and -- economy right now. There's still time for congress to do the right thing. We just need to act. Banks.

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