by Brian Washington, official White House photos by Pete Souza
President Obama is calling on Republican leadership to explain why GOP lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are dragging their feet in support of his American Jobs Act—which will prevent students from being forced into overcrowded classrooms and return teachers and other school employees back to work.
President Obama’s legislation will also prevent hundreds of thousands of layoffs, modernize public schools nationwide, and create good paying jobs.
The President, while speaking to a crowd Tuesday in Texas just outside Dallas, touched on other aspects of the bill that might explain why Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA) is failing to support the legislation.
“Well I’d like Mr. Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what in this jobs bill he doesn’t believe in,” said the President. “Does he not believe in rebuilding America’s roads and bridges? Does he not believe in tax breaks for small business, or efforts to help veterans?”
President Obama sent the American Jobs Act to Congress three weeks ago and is applying public pressure to get lawmakers on Capitol Hill to support the bill, which will prevent students and our public schools from bearing the brunt of the nation’s economic crisis. This week the President visited Texas, the home state of Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry, who has a disappointing record on public education and jobs.
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