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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell offered the sharpest critique yet of President Barack Obama’s jobs plan — two days before it is to be formally announced.Speaking on the Senate floor to open the fall legislative session after a five-week vacation, McConnell said he is growing confident that Obama’s plan will be bad for the country.
“While I have no doubt the President will propose many things on Thursday that, when looked at individually, sound pretty good, or that he’ll call them all bipartisan,” he said. “I’m equally certain that, taken as whole, they’ll represent more of the same failed approach that’s only made things worse over the past few years, and resulted in even fewer jobs than when he started.”
McConnell added that Washington needs to stop “thinking it’s the centre of the Universe,” and recenter its policies around job creators.
He also pushed back on Obama’s assertion that opposition to his plan is an expression of partisanship.
“With all due respect, Mr. President, there’s a much simpler reason for opposing your economic proposals that has nothing to do with politics: they don’t work.” he said.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid used his speech to criticise Republican opposition to jobs bills, saying “Republicans have distracted Congress from its most important responsibility – getting our economy back on track – time and again.”
Earlier Tuesday, Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor expressed optimism that Republicans and Obama could find some common ground — but restated their opposition to some of the bolder options Obama is considering.