In his speech in Texas this afternoon, President Obama will push back directly against House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., saying, “I’d like Mr. Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what in this jobs bill he doesn’t believe in.”
Cantor said Monday that the House won’t vote on the American Jobs Act and that the president’s all- or-nothing approach is unreasonable. “Does he not believe in rebuilding America’s roads and bridges? Does he not believe in tax breaks for small businesses, or efforts to help veterans?” Obama will say, according to prepared remarks released by the White House.
In recent days the White House has increasingly called on Republicans to spell out what portions of the $447 billion bill they support and make clear why they object to others. “What is Mr. Cantor afraid of? Why not put it up for a vote and show where he stands and other members of Congress stand?” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said to reporters today.
The president is open to a piecemeal approach to passing the bill and would sign portions that arrive on his desk, but the White House has said he would immediately push Congress to pass the remainder of the bill.
Here is the full excerpt released by the White House:
“Dallas, that starts now. That starts with your help. Yesterday, the Republican Majority Leader in Congress, Eric Cantor, said that right now, he won’t even let the jobs bill have a vote in the House of Representatives. He won’t even give it a vote.
“Well, I’d like Mr. Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what in this jobs bill he doesn’t believe in. Does he not believe in rebuilding America’s roads and bridges? Does he not believe in tax breaks for small businesses, or efforts to help veterans?
“Mr. Cantor should come down to Dallas, look Kim Russell in the eye, and tell her why she doesn’t deserve to get a paycheck again. Come tell her students why they don’t deserve to have their teacher back.
“Come tell Dallas construction workers why they should be sitting home instead of fixing our bridges and our schools.
“Come tell the small business owners and workers in this community why you’d rather defend tax breaks for millionaires than tax cuts for the middle-class.
“And if you won’t do that, at least put this jobs bill up for a vote so that the entire country knows exactly where every Member of Congress stands.”