Senate Republicans may have tried this week to kill President Obama’s American Jobs Act, but the president refuses to let his $447 billion legislative package die quietly.
The president’s re-election campaign late Wednesday released an email to supporters that included a video message from Obama himself, in which he vowed to keep fighting.
The email, signed by campaign manager Jim Messina, notes that although the American Jobs Act failed to get the 60 votes in the Senate required to overcome a GOP filibuster, the legislation would have been approved absent that filibuster.
Messina also cites opinion polling that finds 63 percent of Americans support Obama’s plan to create nearly 2 million jobs.
In his video, Obama notes that Republican senators unanimously blocked the American Jobs Act, despite the fact that includes provisions — such as tax cuts — which had won have GOP support in the past.
Many in Washington might be tempted to declare the American Jobs Act dead, given Republican obstruction, Obama says, but not him.
“I will not take no for an answer. Not this time,” the president says. “Not with so many Americans out of work. Not with so many families struggling to get ahead.”
Obama says he plans to separate the jobs bill into its individual components, and force Republicans take potentially politically embarrassing votes if they want to defeat them.
“They’ll have a chance to vote on whether we should keep teachers out of work, or put them back into the classroom where they belong,” he says. “They’ll get to vote on whether they believe construction workers should stay unemployed while our roads and bridges fall apart.”
Obama asks his supporters to keep the pressure on lawmakers as he and Senate Democrats push this new strategy.
“Only you can make them do their jobs,” the president tells supporters.
WATCH PRESIDENT OBAMA’S VIDEO HERE:
Scott Nance is the editor and publisher of the news site The Washington Current. He has covered Congress and the federal government for more than a decade.