Obama challenges Republicans with ‘to do list’
ALBANY, New York — US President Barack Obama opened a new line of attack Tuesday against his Republican foes, unveiling a “to do list” that he said Congress should pass to bolster the US economy.
“I know this is an election year. But it’s not an excuse for inaction,” Obama complained in a speech at a university in Albany, the capital of New York state.
The Democratic president has been on the offensive against Republican lawmakers since September when they blocked passage of the administration-backed $447 billion jobs bill.
“There are some additional ideas that could help people get to work right now and that they haven’t said no to yet so I’m hoping they say yes,” Obama said.
“Today I’m announcing a handy little to do list that we put together for Congress,” he said. “It’s about the size of a post-it note so every member of Congress should have time to read it.”
The list includes eliminating tax incentives for companies that send jobs overseas, measures to make it easier to refinance home loans, tax credits for firms that create new jobs or raise pay, expanded tax credits for investments in clean energy, and help veterans returning from war to get jobs.
The US unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent in April, but it is still far from the five percent unemployment that prevailed in early 2008, before the financial crisis, and the poor jobs situation remains one of the main threats to Obama’s reelection on November 6.