President Barack Obama told an audience in Denver Tuesday that he wants his proposed $447 billion “thick” jobs bill “back” so he can sign it into law, adding that he has the “pens all ready” on his desk. Obama also had a message for Congress: “What on Earth are you waiting for?” No votes are scheduled in the House or Senate this week.
“I know it’s kind of thick but it boils down to two things: Putting people back to work and putting more money in the pockets of working Americans,” Obama said at Lincoln High School in Denver, Colorado.
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“Every single thing in the American Jobs Act is the kind of proposal that’s been supported by Democrats and Republicans in the past. Everything in it will be paid for. It’s been two weeks since I sent it to Congress. Now I want it back. I want it back, passed, so I can sign this bill and start putting people back to work. ”
Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, adjourned the Senate on Monday night for a week long vacation. The House leadership says there are no votes scheduled this week. The jobs bill has been introduced in both chambers but has no co-sponsors.