Obama: No jobs bill means elect a new Congress

AP News
Posted: Sep 26, 2011 9:06 PM
Obama: No jobs bill means elect a new Congress

President Barack Obama promises to "keep pounding away" at Congress to pass his $447 billion jobs plan. If lawmakers don't do enough to help the economy, he says, "then we'll get a new Congress."

Obama made his remarks in an interview with the BET network. The interview aired Monday night.

The pointed rhetoric comes as Obama draws sharp differences with congressional Republicans and as he prods lawmakers to pass his economic plan. Republicans have given the plan mixed reviews, but have flatly rejected his proposal to pay for the initiatives with tax increases on the rich and on corporations.

Obama says he expects some of his jobs package will pass. He argues that the public supports his proposals but says Congress may not be responsive to the public.