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
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.
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.
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."
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