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Republicans Respond to Obama's American Jobs Act

Stephen Morton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama hopes that Republicans can get their act together so that they join Democrats to quickly pass his American Jobs Act.

However, there was the sense after his address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday that Republicans don’t quite see the same urgency to bring the bill up for an immediate vote.

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who hopes to run against the president in the 2012 general election, had nothing positive to say about the speech.

According to Bachman, “the president under the veil of one of the most sacred, deliberative forms -- a joint session of Congress -- delivered yet one more political speech where he doubled down on more of the same policies that are killing the United States economy...Mr. President, what among your proposals was new?  What hasn’t already been tried and failed before?"

House Speaker John Boehner did not give a ringing endorsement to the plan although he sounded a bit more optimistic about its chances, saying, “The proposals the president outlined tonight merit consideration.  We hope he gives serious consideration to our ideas as well."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was less effusive in his opinion of the American Jobs Act, having already dismissed it out of hand after reading an advance copy of the speech.  The Kentucky Republican described it as a "reelection plan," rather than a "jobs plan."

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the leading Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, was also skeptical of the $447 billion proposal.  

He remarked, “The president just doesn’t get it.  No economic plan can succeed that ignores our staggering and surging debt."

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