Bachus criticizes Obama, Senate Dems for stalling on jobs bills

House Republicans had a message after the White House unveiled Tuesday its "Startup America Legislative Agenda": Been there, done that.

The White House proposed Tuesday a $48 billion package of measures to help small businesses raise funds, go public and hire more workers.

But four of the initiatives-like crowdfunding for new companies and lifting country-specific caps for American visas-cleared the GOP-controlled House late last year, Republican leaders pointed out in a press release.

"Mr. President, we’re trying to but the Democrat-controlled Senate is blocking those bills," House Financial Services Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) said in a statement. "Please pick up the phone, call [Senate majority leader] Harry Reid and tell him to stop the ‘Senate stall’ on these bipartisan bills. The only thing that’s standing between these jobs bills and your desk is the Democrat Senate."

Gene Sperling, director of the White House National Economic Council, told reporters on a conference call that it's "not about a contest for who can claim credit, but whether we can demonstrate an ability to come together in a bipartisan way."

President Barack Obama wants to take the individual provisions passed by the House, Sperling explained, and bundle them into "one single package that could gain bipartisan support."

Source: Politico By JOSH BOAK