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White House Scrambles on Jobs Plan

RNC Communications - August 30, 2011

After promising to present a jobs plan after his Vineyard vacation, we still don’t have a date, time or any details about said jobs plan. Now, news out of the White House is that they are scrambling to put the plan together and there is division in the West Wing as the clock continues to tick and millions of Americans remain without jobs.

White House Scrambles on Jobs Plan

CHUCK TODD: "The West Wing is divided over how big to go and to pick a fight with Congress or not or to go tactical and the legislative route and try to put some points on the scoreboard.  The president teased the speech yesterday, but offered few details."

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd: “Will the president go big on his jobs plan? As the White House finalizes the plan ahead of next week's speech, the West Wing is divided over how big to go and to pick a fight with Congress or not or to go tactical and the legislative route and try to put some points on the scoreboard. The president teased the speech yesterday, but offered few details.”

President Obama (Video): “Next week I will be laying out a series of steps that Congress can take immediately to put more money in the pockets of working families and middle class families to make it easier for small businesses to hire people, to put construction crews to work. These are bipartisan ideas that ought to be the kind of proposals that everybody can get behind, no matter what your political affiliation might be.”

Todd:  “The president's teasing by using the phrase that Congress can take immediately that is going to be a series of tactical steps. We’ve heard some speculation about tax credits for hiring the unemployed, tax credits for hiring new workers. Perhaps some ways of dealing with, for instance, refinancing on home mortgages, trying to make a dent a little bit in the problem with the housing market. But again, inside the West Wing, a little bit of a divide because the question is these tactical attempts in the past, frankly, 18 months for the Obama administration, while they've gotten some legislative victories, it hasn't translated into policy success. So the question is, if it hasn't translated into policy success, how is it going to translate into political success?”

(MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” 8/30/11)

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