Obama pushes jobs at Cabinet meeting
US President Barack Obama (Center R) speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, October 3, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
October 3rd, 2011
12:07 PM ET

Obama pushes jobs at Cabinet meeting

President Obama just addressed a small group of reporters at the start of his Cabinet meeting this morning and once again called on Congress to pass his jobs plan as soon as possible. Here's a transcript of his remarks:

I am pulling my Cabinet together to talk about the one topic that's on everybody's mind, and that is how do we put America back to work? Each of the secretaries and heads of agencies have been assigned to look at what we can do administratively to accelerate job growth over the next several months.  And working with the jobs council that we've set up, working with the private sector, we have been looking for a wide range of ideas of administrative actions we can take.  A good example would be, for example, accelerating the payments to small businesses so that they've got better cash flow; trying to figure out ways that we can be working in the housing market without congressional action to provide some relief for homeowners. But ultimately, we still have to have congressional action.

It's been several weeks now since I sent up the American Jobs Act and, as I've been saying on the road, I want it back.  I'm ready to sign it. And so my expectation is, is that, now that we're in the month of October, that we will schedule a vote before the end of this month. I'll be talking to Senator Reid, McConnell, as well as Speaker Boehner and Nancy Pelosi, and insisting that we have a vote on this bill. We've been hearing from Republicans that there are some proposals that they're interested in.  That is not surprising, since the contents of the American Jobs Act includes proposals that in the past have been supported by Republicans and Democratic, Democrats alike. And if there are aspects of the bill that they don't like, they should tell us what it is that they're not willing to go for, they should tell us what it is that they're prepared to see move forward.

I have to tell you that I can't imagine any American that I've been talking to that's not interested in seeing construction workers back on the job of rebuilding roads and bridges, schools, airports, putting teachers back in the classroom to make sure that our kids are getting the very best education, making sure our best get help when they come home and that small businesses have further incentive to hire them. So I'm very much looking forward to seeing Congress debate this bill, pass it, get it to my desk, so we can start putting hundreds of thousands and millions of Americans back to work. And I will be continuing to put as much pressure as I can bring to bear on my administration and our agencies to do everything we can without Congress's help, but ultimately they've got to do the right thing for the American people.


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  1. Dave

    He just doesn't seem to "get it." This alleged "Jobs Bill" is nothing more then just another temporary band-aid to temporarily treat a symptom, without addressing and curing the decease. His economic team and policies promised in 2008 have simply failed, and he shows no sign of improvement; just signs of desperation. In Florida's construction market, we lost 2.2M jobs. This little "bill" will not put them all back to work; not even close. Road and Bridge work does not put building contractors back to work either. And this "bill" would run out of steam just after the next election; how convenient. I specialize in school design and construction. After the Architects, Engineers & authorities spend 6-12 mo's in pre-construction planning, design and approvals, then we can build whole new elem. schools in 10 to 12 months; middle school in 12 – 18 mo's.; high school/univ. in 18 – 24 months; repairs/renovations around 10-12 months on average. By the time these limited federal funds get allocated to local levels, it won't touch the core of the problem, won't put large numbers back to work, will only keep some sleleton crews employed for an extended but still short period of time, until it runs out in 1 to 3 yrs max.; is just more false hope. He just doesn't get it; and if he does, then he's trying to make fools of the general public. These self-righteous omnipotent speeches belong back in the classroom, not on the public stage. This same-ol' approach just kicks the problems down the road some more, and has our grandkids bearing the burden, while facing a world who looks upon the US with more and more distain and less confidence. What happened to our leadership who actually looked into the future and were able to plan for it? Time for a change we can believe in.

    October 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  2. Howard

    Obama calling his latest, proposed, flawed legislation a 'jobs bill', is the same as putting lipstick on a pig !!!

    October 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Obama has absolutely not the faintest idea of how to create jobs. He thinks he can just ignore off shore manufacturing, as of no consequence. That is why we have no jobs, and until that is reversed, there will be no jobs.

    It really is that simple.

    October 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  4. Dean

    Obama has lied too many times and failed too much. He should no longer attempt to insult the intelligence of the average American.

    October 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • SiriusVH

      In your case, he is not running the risk of insulting anything ... 🙂

      October 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  5. JerseyBill

    What does any one of the people around the table know about job creation? Private industry job creation, that is. Their only expertise relates to government "jobs" and handouts to public union thugs.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • SiriusVH

      Really, Billy? I guess, you don't know that it is WWI that took the U.S. out of the Great Depression! In other words, it is GOVERNMENT SPENDING, through military procurements that put America back to work. Oh and by the way ... I guess you don't know either that what saved Reagan's neck was the fact that he was able to borrow his way out of the 1980-1983 recession. Yes, again, GOVERNMENT MILITARY SPENDING, financed by borrowing ... So, as you can see, Billy from Jersey, contrary to what you believe, the government can create jobs through its spending on the private manufacturing sector .... 🙂

      October 3, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
    • jean2009

      Moron much!

      October 4, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • Bether

      HOW THE STIMULUS PLAN HAS BEEN WORKING ALREADY AND WHY IT IS BOUND TO GATHER PACE The stimulus plan in of ietslf has halted the dramatic plunge in business and consumer confidence with the very likely threat of an economic depression earlier in the year, and businesses and consumers taking a less weary and more upbeat attitude to the future. Maybe more than anything else this will be the most significant impact of the stimulus package in the long-run enabling a spectacular recovery from the real possibility of depression before its passage. Businesses and consumers have become more and more confident that spending from the stimulus in the upcoming months will provide a solid environment for economic activity thus encouraging investment, reducing the pace of job losses and encouraging consumer spending. In other words, the stimulus package has avoided a cycle of economic downturn to depression and is now about to engender a cycle of economic upturn to recovery . The stimulus package cash handouts and other social initiatives have played no minor part in lessening the burdens on individuals of the economic downturn and the consequent increase in the number of people unemployed thus palliating the effects with regards to mortgage, health coverage and consumer spending. The stimulus package has halted the lost of jobs in the areas of education and other state level services and enabled States to avoid budget bankruptcy (caused by the fall in revenues due to the economic downturn) with the result of avoiding indirect job losses in the private sector as well. The stimulus package is bound to lead the way for new jobs creation to be followed suit by direct private sector investments with the consequence of increasing spending in the economy and accelerating economic recovery. It should be noted that jobs created by the stimulus will have a multiplier effect in the creation of jobs by private enterprises. Perhaps more fundamental for long-term economic recovery, given the areas of investment of the stimulus package (infrastructure, energy and green jobs, education. etc.), it is the type of government investment required for renewing long-term economic growth. As was the case with FDR's New Deal in the 1930s and Eisenhower building of interstate highways and investment in the sciences in the 1950s, the stimulus package is bound to restructure the foundation of the US economy within which private enterprise will thrive.

      March 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  6. Roz

    Job's is the number on issue at this time. The private industry has been setting on profits for years and doing nothing in providing jobs. Mr.President, keep it up.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  7. Lisa

    The "Jobs bill" is just more of Obama spending. Stop it NOW!!!!! It's not "paid for" like the ads claim and it will cost BILLIONS more that the U.S. doesn't have, while NOT creating any more jobs!

    October 4, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  8. Scott

    There are open Cabinet jobs? Oh, You mean he is just pushing the same tired garbage for an audience that is forced to listen to him...

    October 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  9. C-Lo

    His jobs bill is already a success...it's created at least a dozen advertising jobs in Colorado to promote it!

    When is the last time a national party had to advertise to garner support for a plan? PAC's maybe, but the party itself?! Is this another "we'll have to pass it to see what's in it" routine?

    October 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  10. jean2009

    By and large the government has always created jobs. Not just a few but a great many.

    Every aspect of our daily lives revolves around the existence of government created jobs. Roads, bridges, street repair, traffic light installation, road signs, sewer systems, water treatment plants, college campuses, school buildings, hospitals, military bases, post offices, federal, state and municipal buildings, facilities, and parks.

    These structures are built (job creation), maintained (job creation) staffed (job creation). So saying the government does not know how to create jobs is overlooking the basic fact that they do it everyday....and do it very well.

    Those jobs do hire people from this country at a decent wage.

    @C-Lo http://www.interversity.org/lists/arn-l/archives/May2004/msg00053.html George W. Bush did mount a campaign blitz for his No Child Left Behind legislation....furthermore he was not the first.

    October 4, 2011 at 7:09 pm |