Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced yesterday that he wouldn't let President Obama's American Jobs Act—a bill that economists say would help create 1.9 million domestic jobs—be brought to the floor for a vote in the House.
The President responded to Rep. Cantor today in remarks about his jobs bill in Mesquite, Texas:
"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."