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Obama not giving up on jobs bill passage


President Barack Obama blasted Senate Republicans for blocking his jobs bill Tuesday night, saying the American people “won’t take ‘no’ for an answer,” Reuters reported.


The president said in a statement that his administration will work with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to get votes on the individual components of the bill “as soon as possible.”


“Tonight’s vote is by no means the end of this fight,” Obama said. “Independent economists have said that the American Jobs Act would grow the economy and lead to nearly 2 million jobs, which is why the majority of the American people support these bipartisan, common-sense proposals.”


The president did not mention the two Democrats who joined the entire Republican minority in opposing the bill, boasting instead that “a majority of United States senators voted to advance the American Jobs Act.”


“But even though this bill contains the kind of proposals Republicans have supported in the past, their party obstructed the Senate from moving forward on this jobs bill,” Obama said.


Senior administration officials were unclear earlier Tuesday about when votes on the separate parts of the bill will take place.


But Obama warned that “in the coming days, members of Congress will have to take a stand on whether they believe we should put teachers, construction workers, police officers and firefighters back on the job.”


“They’ll get a vote on whether they believe we should cut taxes for small business owners and middle-class Americans, or whether we should protect tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires,” the president said.

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