Quotes in response to Obama's jobs speech

September 8, 2011 - 8:25 PM

Some reaction to President Barack Obama's jobs speech to Congress:

"The proposals the president outlined tonight merit consideration. We hope he gives serious consideration to our ideas as well. It's my hope that we can work together to end the uncertainty facing families and small businesses, and create a better environment for long-term economic growth and private-sector job creation." — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

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"Now is the time to invest in the future of our country by creating opportunities and helping out of work Americans find jobs. Many of the president's ideas have the potential to create jobs and spark the economy." — Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.

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"With more than 1.7 million jobs lost since the administration's last failed stimulus in February of 2009, I find it disappointing the president has waited this long to introduce a jobs program." — Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.

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"The president's plan is a solid foundation for Congress to build on. It strategically combines tax incentives for small businesses with targeted investments in American workers, the education of our children and improving our nation's crumbling infrastructure. That said, I would have liked to have seen a greater emphasis on domestic energy production and a special focus on water and flood protection for the nation." — Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.

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"The president had a real opportunity to lay out a new approach to the economy that would inspire confidence among American families and businesses. While he put forward a few ideas that merit a closer look, much of the speech felt like the movie 'Groundhog Day'." — Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.

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"I call on my colleagues, from both sides of the aisle, to work together to pass legislation that will stimulate our economy as soon as possible. The American people cannot wait any longer." — Rep. Steve Rothman, D-N.J.