Minority Leader Pelosi Upset That Republicans Will Not Offer a Rebuttal to Obama’s Spending Speech
Minority Leader Pelosi is upset that Republicans will not offer a rebuttal to President Obama’s
spending jobs plan tonight. Pelosi said the party’s “silence” would “speak volumes about their lack of commitment to creating jobs.”
She’s also worried that another 500 million Americans might lose their jobs this month.
FOX News reported:
Republicans have decided they’re not going to give a rebuttal to President Obama’s jobs speech later this week, a decision House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi took as a high affront to the White House.
At least three GOP lawmakers also have announced they’re not going to show up for the presidential address. House Speaker John Boehner’s office then confirmed Tuesday evening that nobody from the party would deliver an official televised response.
Pelosi said the party’s “silence” would “speak volumes about their lack of commitment to creating jobs.”
“The Republicans’ refusal to respond to the president’s proposal on jobs is not only disrespectful to him, but to the American people,” Pelosi said.
But Boehner spokesman Mike Steel said Obama’s proposals on Thursday “will rise or fall on their own merits,” suggesting a GOP response was not needed.
“Republicans are, and have been, entirely focused on job creation. Every member of Congress, and — more importantly — the American people, will provide a reaction to the president’s address,” Steel said.
Louisiana Senator David Vitter (R) will forgo President Obama’s Thursday night speech, and instead host a Saints party for family and friends.