October 6th, 2011
12:33 PM ET

Obama: Jobs bill must pass to protect U.S. economy

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama urged Congress to act on his jobs plan Thursday, saying it was needed to put America's economy back on track and help those who are suffering as a result of the long downturn.

Any senator who is "thinking of voting" against the jobs bill next week "needs to explain" why he or she would oppose something that would help U.S. families and businesses, he said at a White House news conference.

"There are too many people hurting right now for us to do nothing," he said, insisting that politics should not get in the way of helping the American people.


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    millions of people out of work for one mans JOB..The republicans jobs plan...

    October 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  2. Dean

    Any senator who is "thinking of voting" for the jobs bill next week "needs to explain" why he or she would support something that would hurt U.S. families and businesses.

    Idiocy has a new face...and it resides in the White House.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Trace


      So you are in the camp of more tax cuts for the wealthy, and free trade agreements, along with doing away with the EPA will save our economy.

      And you are saying idiocy is in the White House? Is that your address? If so, why didn't anyone tell the rest of america(?)

      October 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
      • jsmoulder

        And Obama sent a new free trade deal to the Senate for approval. Free trade with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, tell me how is that going to help job growth in the USA?

        October 7, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  3. Debbie

    Obama's plea is falling on deaf ears. The game is over. The experiment of a democratic republic is over and failed. Once the structure of the government gave in to the love of money vs the love of a democratic republic the game was over. The question now is when is the final gasp of breath for the USA and what form it will then take. Will we be officially restructured in a corporate plutocracy? (I think maybe this is possible since the US Supreme Court gave precedence to corporations being people) Or will we fall and not restructor fast enough and become a colony of China. (They could call in their loans, they have the men, $$, materials required to pull it off.) Or will we see a revolution where the original intent of a democratic republic is taken back? This too is a possiblity with the 99%ers. More in the form of an American Style French Revolution where the 99%ers 3rd Estate revolts against the 1st Estate Corporate plutocracy and the 2nd Estate failed US Congress.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  4. Pentabyte

    If I have read the bill correctly, it is a union bill. It does not help anyone elese

    October 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • Trace


      Uh Nope....you might want to check if you can read. Small businesses are not unions, and there are tax breaks for them to hire...but if you missed that, then you reading it again won't help much. Have a nice day

      October 6, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
  5. Luke

    This jobs bill is not only necessary to give jobs to thousands of citizens but also to make sure that people don't get hurt and can still make it to work every day. If people would stop looking at parties when they vote and actually learn something about anything except movie stars and football maybe you would not have gotten us in this mess to start of with. Bush put you in this mess by lowering taxes and starting two wars. Taxes were invented in order to fund wars, simple as that.

    October 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
  6. Stella

    The issue for Republicans is that they don't believe the bill will create jobs, just like the last stimulus didn't. Thinking up ways to hand out money is not the same thing as stimulating the economy. I don't think Mr. Obama has a clue how to create jobs and I think it's lousy he uses this to play politics by claiming Republicans don't want jobs, when it's just this bill they don't like. I'm a Democrat so I'm not partial to Republicans anyway, but I"m not happy that the current administration is making me feel like I've been mistaken in my loyalty.

    October 7, 2011 at 12:47 am |
    • jean2009

      In Ohio, the stimulus money not only created jobs, it maintained and kept people employed in their jobs throughout the state. Ohio received $8 billion in ARRA stimulus funding and it was put to good use. The funding not only helped with road and school construction; it kept fire fighters and police at their jobs, made it possible for people to receive vaccinations. weatherized homes, built and upgraded waste water treatment facilities....and the list goes on.

      October 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm |