Obama Wrapping Up Bus Tour to Promote Jobs Bill in Virginia

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama will continue his effort to gain public approval for his $447 billion jobs plan as he wraps up a three-day bus tour in the eastern state of Virginia on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, President Obama blasted Republican lawmakers who have refused to pass the bill, accusing them of killing jobs and raising taxes on working people.

The president said he was giving lawmakers a second chance to listen to the American people and “do their jobs” by passing pieces of his jobs plan individually.

He accused lawmakers who voted against his bill of essentially raising taxes on working Americans by rejecting a tax cut that would lower the payments for many families by $1,000. He also said an alternative Republican jobs plan would cost the country jobs instead of creating them.

Mr. Obama’s campaign-style bus tour has taken him through Virginia and North Carolina, both states considered important to his re-election chances next year.

Last week, Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the entire Obama jobs bill, arguing that it contained wasteful provisions and tax increases that would lead to the loss of jobs.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to announce this week that he will bring parts of the bill to the Senate for individual consideration.

The Senate is likely to soon consider a provision of the bill that would give states about $35 billion to hire more teachers, police and firefighters.

Mr. Obama has said the next measure that he wants lawmakers to consider is infrastructure spending to improve roads, bridges and airports.

The Republicans are proposing their own jobs plan and a senior Republican senator has suggested that Republicans and Democrats meet to see if they could “find a breakthrough.”