Obama Presidency
Obama Presidency

While Obama Leads, Limbaugh Republicans Just Say 'No'

| by Democratic National Committee

WASHINGTON --- Today marks the 50th day of the Obama Presidency. In the last seven weeks, President Obama and the Democrats in Congress have provided health care to 11 million children by expanding SCHIP, promoted equality in the workplace by passing the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, lifted Bush-era restrictions on life-saving stem cell research, and passed an economic jobs and recovery plan that will save or create 3.5 million jobs while fixing our schools, putting America on the path to energy independence, and laying the foundation for long-term growth in the 21st Century.

Unfortunately, instead of joining the President in finding practical solutions to the challenges facing our country, Republicans in Washington have chosen to follow Rush Limbaugh's obstructionist politics every step of the way.

Almost every single Republican in Washington voted against the Presidents' jobs and economic recovery plan, and the Chairman of the Republican National Committee even suggested he would support primary opponents for the three Republicans who voted for it.

The bills to expand SCHIP and promote wage equality passed on largely party lines, and all Republican leaders in both chambers of Congress are resisting the President's stem cell plan. In fact, just yesterday one key House Republican admitted that his Party is more interested in bringing down Democrats' poll ratings than in passing real efforts to address the challenges facing our country.

And, during the debate over the President's jobs and economic recovery plan one House Republican Leader, Eric Cantor of Virginia, told the Washington Post the Republican approach to the Obama plan was "just saying no."

"While President Obama has spent his first 50 days in office working to address the challenges facing America's working families, Republicans are more interested in saying no and driving down poll numbers," said Democratic National Committee Communications Director Brad Woodhouse.

"Instead of joining Democrats in supporting the President's economic recovery plans, Republicans in Congress have chosen to follow Rush Limbaugh by becoming the party of no. Americans want leaders who will work together to confront the challenges we face. When Congress debates the President's budget, Republicans should stop following Rush Limbaugh and instead help the President create jobs, fix our schools, reform our health care system, make America energy independent, and lay the foundation for long-term growth in the 21st Century."