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Kirk, Schakowsky, Dold Embrace Parts of President’s Jobs Proposal

Dold and Schakowsky see their own ideas in President’s message.

was looking for bipartisan support for his $447 billion American Jobs Act proposed to a joint session of Congress Thursday night and he got it in varying degrees from local members. 

liked elements of free trade legislation included in the package. was pleased that a bill she proposed August 10 may have had some influence in the president's speech.

“That’s the Obama I love to hear," Schakowsky said. "It’s not the be-all and the end-all but I appreciated the tone of urgency.” 

Fast action

The President urged Congress to pass the bill “right away” eight times. 

is optimistic about that Washington will act quickly on some of the President’s ideas. 

"Some parts of the President's proposal should receive quick, bipartisan action, like tax reform, trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama and enactment of regulatory relief for businesses,” Kirk said. 

The American Jobs Act will contain provisions to refurbish schools as well as keep teachers, police officers and fire fighters working. These were some of the elements in Schakowsky’s jobs bill. 

“I feel hopeful for the influence my proposal may have made," she said.

Bipartisan aspects 

Dold seized on the bipartisan aspects of the speech. He has been pushing passage of , Panama and Colombia in an effort to open export markets for American products. 

“We have to find ways to work together with to create jobs and get people back to work,” Dold said. “There were a number of bipartisan ideas. I was glad to hear him mention free trade agreements, a bill we came up with.” 

Obama put Dold’s wish for more export of American goods into specific terms. 

“People in America are driving Hyundais. We want people in South Korea driving Fords, Chevys and Chryslers with the tag ‘made in America,’" Obama said. 

Payroll taxcuts

Though their voting records are often very different, Dold and Schakowsky both liked some of the same elements of the President’s message, even if their reasons were not the same. More than half of the money in the proposed bill is a payroll tax cut. While Dold liked the idea, he was cautious. 

“My own bill on payroll taxes will spur the economy and job growth. We want to incentivize it (using tax relief to grow jobs),” Dold said. “I am interested to see how the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) scores it."

Schakowsky embraced the payroll tax portion of the President’s proposal. She sees it as tax relief for the middle class. She also liked the idea payroll tax reductions on the employer side will be capped at $5 million. 

“It’s truly for small business and middle class Americans,” she said. 

Dold likes the idea as well. “It seems fair to me,” he said. “We have to look for ways to make a deal where we have common ground.” 

$447 billion

Kirk and Dold raised concerns about the costs of the President’s proposal. "In the detail provided tonight, the President proposed $447 billion in new spending but provided no details on how to pay for it,” Kirk said. “I look forward to learning the specifics." 

During his speech, President Obama said he would ask the 12-member super committee created when the debt ceiling legislation was passed last month to make additional spending cuts to pay for the American Jobs Act.

Both Schakowsky and Dold were also happy to see the President talk about reducing regulations on business during his speech. President Obama called for regulatory overhaul that would not endanger the health or welfare of Americans. 

“I was pleased to hear about relief for some over burdensome regulations,” Dold said. “If we cut some of these regulations it will help put people back to work.” 

Schakowsky is also willing to look at burdensome regulations and was glad to hear the limitations the President placed on his suggestions. 

“There is no way he is willing to compromise the health and safety of American workers,” Schakowsky said. “I was glad to hear him talk about preserving collective bargaining rights.” 

Clark Kent September 10, 2011 at 03:04 AM
Obama bin Loafin harangues puddy-heads about how he's for "transparency" and "openness" yada yada yada...he prevaricates when he says he's for compromise. Yeah? Compromise? What's HE giving up? This phony AGAIN wants Congresss to just pass whatever he puts in front of it. OBEY! What a hypocrite! He wants to spend money so children learn how to read, and then doesn't want Congress to read his rehashed hype. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sktAEh2Syfs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqnIWgIW8tk&feature=autoplay&list=PLF1E3F02E17576296&playnext=1 Compel to cooperate! Compel to compromise! Yeah? What's the purpose of having a Congress if it only follows the dictates of a self-appointed Messiah? What nerve! He was constantly absent for votes while he was a senator because he was campaigning to get to the White House. Maybe he just goy mixed up campaigning in the 57 US states! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AMxW6EvAmQ
Winnetka September 10, 2011 at 06:00 PM
But don't we have to wait ANOTHER 2 weeks to learn what the whole plan is? Oh I forgot. It'll be another two weeks to learn the really important part about how it's going to be funded.
Winnetka September 10, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Clark YOU ARE the Superman of comments!!
Richard Schulte September 10, 2011 at 08:40 PM
"His jobs proposal to the joint session of Congress was nothing more than a political speech, where he asked Congress to immediately pass this bill we haven't even seen. It is incredible to think that in the Obama White House we went from passing bills without reading them to passing bills without writing them. Obama's failed policies have led to our economy sinking deeper and deeper into a financial mess, and they must be stopped." Michele Bachmann Congresswoman Bachmann has a point. How many of our Congressional representatives read through the entire health care legislation? How many of our representatives understood what was in the health care legislation? Now the President wants Congress to pass a bill which hasn't even been written. Just what is going on in Washington?
Clark Kent September 10, 2011 at 08:51 PM
@Winnetka Thank you, Winnetka. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2l4bz1FT8U&feature=related Just one caveat, though... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn9ZMbSjmVY&list=PLF1E3F02E17576296&index=3 My favorite subject was seeing angered politicians, or as I called them in bygone days... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSS_01ath3g&list=PLF1E3F02E17576296&index=2

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