David Axelrod is stepping in to rally support for President Barack Obama’s jobs bill, suggesting in a memo that if the plan doesn’t pass, the public’s disapproval of Congress will only get worse.
“As members of Congress take up the American Jobs Act this week they need to understand that their failure to focus on what matters most to Americans is why disapproval for Congress is at a historic high – 80 percent,” Axelrod wrote in the campaign memo on Monday, citing a CBS/New York Times poll, The Hill reports.
And according to CNN, the memo was filled with other polling data, including mention of how support for the jobs bill “has grown by nearly 10%” following three weeks of advocacy by the president.
Axelrod, Obama’s former senior adviser at the White House who left Washington earlier this year to focus on the president’s reelection campaign from the Chicago, ripped Republicans for failing to “put country ahead of party” and pass the bill.
“Will they oppose a bill that would create jobs now and that the American people support while standing by their proposals to extend tax cuts for large corporations, millionaires and billionaires while allowing Wall Street to write its own rules?” Axelrod wrote, according to The Hill.
Warning that the country could see a double-dip recession if Congress fails to act, Axelrod said Americans “don’t want to see the typical gamesmanship and delay because a majority (53 percent) believe that America is in or headed into another recession,” adding that Obama’s jobs act is the only plan that would provide immediate relief to families across the country.
“Yet Republican leaders – from Congress to the presidential campaign trail – have been steadfast in their opposition without providing an alternative that would create jobs now,” he said.
In the hours leading up to a procedural vote for the bill in the Senate Tuesday, Obama will continue rallying support for the jobs plan, meeting with the his jobs council in Pittsburgh where he’ll discuss the need for Congress to pass the bill.
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