President Obama publicly castigated House Speaker John Boehner today at a rally in Ohio, singling him out by name four times for his opposition to passage of his $447 billion jobs bill.
“I can’t imagine that the speaker wants to represent a state where nearly one in four bridges are classified as substandard,” Obama said against the backdrop of Cincinnati’s Brent Spence Bridge. “There’s no reason to stand in the way of more jobs.”
In an email blast after the speech, Obama for America campaign manager Jim Messina urged supporters to call Boehner directly to let him know “what Americans like you think.”
The email also provided the speaker’s main office number. “Call Speaker Boehner’s office now,” Messina wrote. “Tell him not to let politics get in the way of creating jobs.”
But Boehner and Republicans aren’t the only hurdle to swift consideration of the jobs bill.
Many Democrats have also publicly voiced reluctance to “pass it right away,” as Obama has demanded. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada says he might not consider bringing the jobs bill up for a vote until at least next month.
The Senate is “pretty well jammed” with other matters right now, Reid said this week.