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Cole: Worried Obama Will "Double Down on What Hasn't Worked So Far" (Sep 08, 2011)

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (OK-4) says he will be in attendance at this evening’s joint session of the House and Senate to hear President Obama's expected renewed call for payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits, but he’s not expecting to hear many new ideas.

"Sadly right now, I'm expecting more of the same," Cole said. "It sounds like 'Stimulus 2' or 'Stimulus 3' depending on how you want to count. A $300 billion program as opposed to an almost $1 trillion program, so I'm a little worried we're just going to double down on what hasn't worked so far."

Cole says he will “respectfully listen” to President Obama’s speech tonight, but also hopes for more than political rhetoric.

"He's under a lot of pressure from his political advisers to try to attack the Republican Congress in order to spread the blame," Cole said. "I don't think it's appropriate to use the Joint Session for that. I'm hopeful the President won't. If he has serious proposals, I think they'll be seriously listened to, and perhaps we can find at least some areas of agreement nd move forward."

Cole says he does see some issues where the GOP-controlled House and Democratic President might have agreement, such as free trade with Latin America and South Korea.

Republicans have been calling for the elimination of regulations they say are limiting the private sector. They point to last week's scrapping of new regulations on smog as a step in the right direction. House Speaker John Boehner does plan to give his own speech on the economy and jobs next week.



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