Following President Obama’s speech today on the American Jobs Act at Eastfield College in Texas, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“President Obama’s speech today highlighted the immediate, positive impact the American Jobs Act would have on growing the economy through investing in education. As President Obama emphasized, the American Jobs Act will support nearly 400,000 education jobs, prevent the layoffs of teachers in classrooms across the country, which will keep more children learning, and put more Americans back to work with projects rebuilding and modernizing at least 35,000 public schools nationwide and a number of community colleges.
“Congress can get Americans in every corner of the country working again, and put more money back into the pockets of middle-class families and small businesses, by passing the American Jobs Act now and sending it to the President’s desk. But it can only be done if Republicans put partisan politics aside and work with President Obama and Democrats on behalf of the American people.
“Unfortunately, we’re not seeing that bipartisan commitment from Republicans in Congress. Just yesterday, GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor declared the American Jobs Act dead—before holding a single hearing on the bill or giving it a minute of serious consideration. That’s appalling—and it’s not leadership. Instead, it’s the same type of political gamesmanship that the American people have grown sick and tired of.
“While the President is fighting to create jobs, rebuild our schools, keep teachers, firefighters, and police officers on the job and make sure our children are receiving a world-class education while giving middle-class families and small businesses a genuine opportunity to succeed, Republicans are rejecting compromise from the outset and refusing to lift a finger to move our country forward. I strongly encourage my colleagues across the aisle to do the job the American people elected them to do and bring the full American Jobs Act to the House floor for an up or down vote without delay."