Obama to Congress: Do something
June 8th, 2012
02:42 PM ET

Obama to Congress: Do something

New York (CNNMoney) – Citing economic headwinds from Europe, President Obama asked lawmakers on Friday to revive a set of long ago-discarded legislative proposals designed to stimulate the economy.

The initiatives, first proposed in September, include investments in infrastructure, tax breaks for small businesses and funding for teachers, firefighters and other public sector workers.

Congressional Republicans declined to pass the measures last year, and until recently, the Obama administration had joined them in moving on to other debates.

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  1. jerry

    If congress does this it will be the end of the democratic party...does obama live in the real world? Is he going crazy?

    June 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Realitybies

      No, but you clearly have. Are you kidding me? Infrastructure, small businesses and public servants. That benefits more of the 99% than any Republican economic plan.

      June 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  2. Bill in STL

    So now it will be Europes fault... Gotta have some one to blame .... I am so glad that President Truman did not say what our current president does....

    Truman: the buck stops here
    Obama: the buck stops over there

    June 8, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • Kronos

      Bill in STL – The republicans have blocked every single bill that would have created jobs in all sectors of the US economy. If the republicans would stop trying to make Obama a one term president and pass a surplus budget and his legislation then the unemployment rate will be around 6%. But the republicans cant stand Obama and is not will but ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO SABATOGE HIS PRESIDENCY, EVEN IF IT MEANS AMERICANS AND THE COUNTRY SUFFER.
      None of the republicans can dispute this and you republicans on these blogs cant come back with anything because they were recorded on TV live, quoted in newpapers and even several books and journals. So wat party is truely destroying the US and hurting the American people. That is right the Republicans because they have blocked every bill or measure Obama has submitted to create jobs and helping small businesses grow with tax breaks while passin those taxes on larger corprations who are hoarding their $100 million plus a year profit instead of investing in Americans and sending their jobs that americans can do to otehr countries. So before bashing Obama on why his policies havent taken effect, it is because none of his bills are passed to effect make his policies to be effective.
      BLAME CONGRESS YES BECAUSE THEY ARE A DO NOTHING CONGRESS !!!!!!!!!

      June 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
      • Shahid

        Yes, however if there weren't so much debt to begin with ($ 14T+ and coutning!) then there wouldn't be a downgrade never mind the politicians who decided to put on a dog and pony show, think of all the debt there is in total to begin with raising the debt ceiling is wrong anyways, the debt should be paid down, which means government needs to stop spending so much $ $

        August 2, 2012 at 1:19 am |
    • Javier

      Nope Democrats have been in power since 2006 they are the only ones responsible for the down grade, for the fiancainl melt down, for the current debt and deficit you people are pathetic you have had control and can't get it right so you have to try to blame it on someone else the electorate knows better and your kind will be an endangered species in DC come next election.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
  3. judy

    congress will not act they could care less about the American people. And yes Europe will really mess us up Bill or are you as stupid a ol jerk off jerry?

    June 8, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
    • Kronos

      Amen judy,
      Bill is one of those FOX News Zombies who believe whatever Fox and the republicans say blindly without question.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  4. Candace

    Boehner's house has absolutely no interest in helping the economy improve, their sole interest is in making sure Obama is not reelected.

    June 9, 2012 at 3:21 am |
  5. demwit

    The economy is doing fine, we just need a bigger government. Yeah.., thats the ticket!

    June 9, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • Kronos

      Actually the private sector for the most part is doing well, look at the stock market !!!!!!!!!!!

      June 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  6. RealityBites

    American to Obama: Lead!

    June 9, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • Realitybites

      You do realize that the executive branch does not lead the legislative branch. Or are you that clueless.

      June 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  7. jean2009

    When the four posters above say anything remotely intelligent I might respond.

    June 9, 2012 at 10:35 am |
  8. B.

    Everyone understands now that the Republicans number one goal as, McDonnell stated, that making the president a "one term president" at the expense of the American economy is their agenda.

    The Republicans are willing to take the country down to gain control of the White House and Congress again and continue with the Bush legacy of a -Corporate Greed frenzy with No controls or oversight as before.

    We all know what that looks like!

    June 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • NAM VET

      YES, WE ALL KNOW WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE. ITS IS GETTING TO LOOK WORSE ALL THE TIME. IT IS WAY PAST TIME TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY. OBAMA ALIGNED HIMSELF WITH A MOVEMENT THAT WOULD ELIMINATE THE DEM
      PARTY AND TAKE CONTROL OF THIS COUNTRY IN ANYWAY POSSIBLE. HE HAS DUPED THOSE WHO PUT HIM IN
      OFFICE AND USED ALLOF US TO FUTHER HIS DREAM OF CONQUEST. HE LIES,HE CHEATES,HE SOLD US OUT TO THE REST OF THE WORLD. TIME TO REPLACE HIM! THAT IS JUST THE WAY IT IS.

      June 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
      • Kronos

        NAM VET – Are you retarded? Obama is a Dem and aligned himself with the Democrats, JACKARSE !!!!!!!! The republicans have bloked every measure that Obama has submitted to help create jobs and reduce the unemployment rate. If you cant see this your either dum and stupid or just did way tomany drugs in Vietnam and it has turned your bran to mush. I served in Bosnia for a eyar in 95 and Iraq for 4 years thanks to Clinton in the 90s and Bush between 2003 and 2007. So i will say your stupid man. Go to the VA and tel them you need better meds, for gods sake man.

        http://www.theroot.com/blogs/obama-jobs-bill/obama-jobs-plan-second-times-charm

        http://www.whitehouse.gov/economy/jobs#sub1-tab9please read through each tab)

        So you tell me if this president supposedly doesnt care about the american people. If the republicans are saying they want him to be one term, it is because he is doing something right. The republicans and media did the same thing to Ron Paul.

        June 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  9. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Do something !!! !!! !!!
    "MY" re-election is at stake...

    "I" am doing my part hanging out with the Hollywood 1% getting campaign cash.

    Vote NOW for MORE government and MORE taxes !!!

    FIVE TRILLION is NOT enough !!!

    The private sector is doing just fine at less than 2% GDP; and 8.2 un-enployment !!!

    What we really need NOW is MORE government jobs !!!

    FORWARD Over the cliff !!!

    June 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  10. Name*Nov Republic

    Sit in the back of my burning plane. I'll tell you how burning more fuel will put out my fire.

    June 9, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  11. kay

    i can not beleive what russia just said, but back in united state McCain attacking the president intend of attacking russia and china for veto the UN resolution,every congress men and woman are rich they can play with middle class and the poor peoples life in DC all day cos at the end of the day they still rich with more power . 7monrth ago mitt dont no what his talking about but now have more money to lie to the people what he no he can do just to be in power, in may $77m but he still have money all over the world

    June 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  12. PC0909

    obama to Congress: "Do something." "What a leader!

    June 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Kronos

      Hey PC0909 – Obama has done something. he has not once but on 4 diferent occassions submitted bills to the House to be passed and the republcians fillibustered every single one of them. he even tok executive actions that didnt require congresses approval as the constitution gives him the power to do so to try and spur the economy on by helping small businesses to create jobs.
      The republicans have blocked every bill that has been to help America recover because they want him as a One Time president. If you republicans are too blind to admit that then you are a sorry party and need t be dispanded and let us independents take over becuas the REPUBLICANS HAVE LOST TOUCH WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
      My question is, why are all these old people who are living off social security retirement backing Romney, he wants to cut their Social Security and give the money to the Military to bloat their budget to over $1 trillion??????
      OBAMA IS A MUCH BETTER CHOICE THAN ROMNEY.
      What we need is to get the Tea party republicans out of office and get independents and Democrats in office to get stuff done. BOTTOM LINE.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  13. RealityBites

    Reagan to Congress: Follow me!
    Bush Sr to Congress: Follow me!
    Clinton to Congress: Follow me!
    W to Congress: Follow me!

    Obama to Congress: Do something!?

    June 11, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Enrico

      Oh My!!! do you have to get so angry that profanity wins oetcrivilivy? Yes the reich wing troll using the sock puppet handle joe lib does do that don't he?to witWhy the fuck would I wanna be a fucking Lib take a better look at the WHOLE PICTURE stop the blamegame and fix the problem. Like the blame game you tried in your previous post?I am a United States Citizen So are all of us here, so what is your real point?born andraised here. required reading when I was in school was the USCONSTITUTION my homework was to write a report on what theconstitution stood for. Well today I can tell you what it doesn'tstand for STUPIDITY,BLINDNESS,IGNORANCE, the MAIN memes of the reich wing idiots like Glenn Beck, Sean hannity, rush limbaugh, Bill o'Rielly, Ann coulter, Michelle malkin, ET AL and most importantly itdoes not stand for taking americans rights away for the benefit ofanyone especially the GOVERNMENT! Like George W Bush did at the behest of Richard Cheney in their illegal power grab? I am proud to be an american withmy own choice, my own voice,and rights that protect me as anamerican. Do you really want to give up those rights to supportgovernment control just because you think our currentadministration is not liing (Lying)to you? Get educated on the real issuestoday in america. )America)learn the values our constitution was created toprotect. In other words Wake up and Smell the coffee there is nodoubt we need reform in the country all the way around but how wego about reforming is most important, stop the criticizing andstart doing the right thing the right way, and if you dont knowwhat the right way is then educate yourself somemore. Research foryourself, find your answers the old fashion way, get off your assand go out and talk to the people all of the people not just yourgroup, find out what the rest think, and stop blaming those whoalready have. Damn your criticism fits the faux news, AM hate radio listening, teabaggin' movement like a glove (COMMENTS IN BOLD BY WNI)

      August 2, 2012 at 12:54 am |
  14. Jill

    Boehner's own words to lead Congress where Bills are put on the floor about jobs and the economy No, No, and Hell No. Cantor – well I can't make out his whiney spewings. McConnell – our only purpose is to defeat and bring down Obama. Yea – lots of leadership here.

    June 11, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Kronos

      Amen Jill,
      How short republicans memory span is, when it comes to bashing Democrats, isnt it!

      June 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  15. Kronos

    Technically if you look at it, the private sector is doing fine. Perfect example is the Stock Market. It went from 7k when Obama took office to over 12k as was almost 14k at one point, so yes the amrket is the pulse of the private sector and they are doing good.
    But what is going on is that their prosperity isnt being passed down to the average american because theose companies are hoarding their profits and not using some of that money toinvest in Americans to help create jobs. Therefore, the only cure is to tax those corporations and pass the savings ontp the small businesses who will hire americans.
    REPUBLICANS wont do that because those multi-million to billion dollar companies bank roll their agenda. That is the issue. If congress would get behind the american people and do what is good forthe country and itspeople, we wouldnt ahve this discussion and unemployment would be down to around 5.9 to 6.1. But since the republicans have come out and said they will do what ever it takes even if it causes the government to collpase which is almost did in 2011 to make Obama a one term president.
    CONGRESSIONAL TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE ARE THE ISSUE, NOT THE DEMS, REPUBLICIANS (NON-TEA PARTY) or INDEPENDENTS. GET THE TEA PARTY OUT OF CONGRESS THIS COUNTRY WOULD RECOVER EASILY. ARGUE WITH ME ALL YOU WANT AND FLAME ALL YOU WANTM, THE TRUTH IS OUT THEIT RECORDED ON EVENING NEWS CHANNELS THAT "TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS WILL DO ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO MAKE OBAMA AONE TERM PRESIDENT EVEN IF IT CAUSES THE GOVERNMENT TO COLLAPSE".

    June 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm |