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"Obama's new 'can't
wait' slogan, tells Senate to act ( He Knows His Time is
GOP mocks Obama's new 'can't wait' slogan, tells
Senate to act
By Pete Kasperowicz - 10/24/11 07:29 PM ET
House Republicans on Monday night mocked President Obama's new
"we can't wait" slogan that he introduced in a Las Vegas speech
earlier in the day.
Obama used the slogan to stress his plans to introduce an
administrative effort to help people refinance their mortgages.
The plan, to be run through the Federal Housing Finance Agency,
is aimed at making an existing refinancing program available to
The plan — and the "we can't wait" slogan — is meant to show an
administration attempt to help struggling borrowers without
waiting for Congress to act. But Republicans turned it around to
ask why Democrats are ignoring more than a dozen House-passed
bills that would ease federal regulations on companies.
"In my opinion, this slogan is an odd choice, especially coming
from the president and his party," Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.)
said. "Right now, 15 different House-passed jobs bills, each
reducing the red tape that is hindering small business, each
removing obstacles to domestic energy production, are stuck in
the Senate awaiting action from Democratic leadership.
"Mr. Speaker, the president is right: We can't wait," he said in
response to the Senate's inaction.
Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) mirrored Thompson's remarks. "It's not
that the Senate has voted these jobs bills down, the Senate just
won't vote," Poe said. "To my friends down the hallway in the
Senate, how about voting on these bills?"
Poe also came up with his own slogan for the Senate, which has
struggled to pass much of its own legislation this year: "It's
time for the Senate to pick a horse and ride it."