President Barack Obama told the media Monday that he will personally lobby Congressional leaders to hold a vote on the new jobs-stimulus proposal that his Administration created, only to be rebuked by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) an hour later, The Washington Times reported.
Both political parties have been jostling for the upper hand on the argument over the 9.1 percent unemployment rate, and Obama has contended that the debate should be taken to a vote, according to the newspaper.
Obama noted his lack of patience for the potential signing of the bill, as he eyes the $447 billion short-term tax cuts and infrastructure spending and long-term tax increases of $467 billion as the solution to the country's problems.
"We still have to have congressional action," Obama said at the start of a Cabinet meeting in the White House. "It’s been several weeks now since I sent up the American Jobs Act, and, as I’ve been saying on the road, I want it back. I’m ready to sign it."
Cantor responded to the President's message by rejecting his demand that the legislation be moved by the end of the month, according to The Hill.