Shortly before he lifted off on Marine One for some family time at Martha's Vineyard, Obama made a last-minute attack on Republicans for blocking a bill aimed at helping small businesses hire more people. In a brief statement, Obama said the bill should not fall victim to partisan politics. He accused a "partisan minority" in the Senate is refusing to allow the bill to move forward -- calling their actions "obstruction that defies common sense."
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele hit back by calling the administration's attempts at financial recovery an "epic failure."
"It is way past time for the White House to be straight with the American people and admit that $862 billion stimulus did not do what was promised," Steele said in a statement. "It is clear that the Democrats’ strategy of reckless spending, ballooning deficits, and higher taxes are not the answer and that we need to pursue Republican pro-growth solutions to get our economy back on track.”
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