Obama knocks GOP leader, says GOP blocks jobs vote

By Julie Pace

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 4 2011 2:35 p.m. MDT

President Barack Obama reads a book about his dog Bo during a tour of the Children’s Laboratory School at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011.

Susan Walsh, Associated Press

MESQUITE, Texas — President Barack Obama is naming names — again.

Last month, he singled out House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell for opposing his jobs bill. On Tuesday, he scolded House Republican leader Eric Cantor, challenging Cantor to explain to out-of-work Americans why he's blocking a House vote on the entire $447 billion package.

Cantor has said the House will vote only on the parts agreeable to Republicans.

Visiting a community college near Dallas, Obama asked how Cantor can object to keeping school teachers in classrooms and putting construction workers back on the job.

He urged Republicans to put their cards on the table.

And later he said: "Do your job, Congress!"

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