Washington, D.C. - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after President Obama announced that he would send the American Jobs Act to Congress. Last week, Leader Pelosi called on Speaker Boehner and Democratic Ranking Members to urge committee Chairmen to schedule immediate hearings and action on the President's legislation.
“President Obama has done his part: soon sending the American Jobs Act to Congress to create jobs, strengthen small businesses, rebuild America, and grow our economy now. We must take up and pass this legislation without further delay.
“For more than 250 days in the majority, House Republicans have failed to offer a jobs agenda. They now have the opportunity to change course, to pass the American Jobs Act, and to put people to work.
“Our nation's families, workers, entrepreneurs, teachers, police officers, firefighters and veterans must not and cannot wait any longer; they cannot afford political gamesmanship. Democrats are prepared to act now on the American Jobs Act, which is fully paid for. Republicans must join us to address the American people's top priority: job creation.”