House Republicans will move "immediately" to request that the Congressional Budget Office score President Obama's new jobs legislation, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said.
In a statement released shortly after President Obama spoke at a press conference in the Rose Garden calling on Congress to move quickly to pass his American Jobs Act, Boehner said:
"While we have a different vision for what is needed to support job creation in our country, we appreciate the president’s pledge to transmit legislation to Congress and will immediately request that it be scored by the Congressional Budget Office. Once we receive CBO’s analysis, we can begin the important work of reviewing the various elements of his proposal. ... The record of the economic proposals enacted during the last Congress necessitates careful examination of the president’s latest plan as well as consideration of alternative measures that may more effectively support private-sector job creation."
Boehner's statement and Obama's push for swift action on his jobs legislation come only a few days after the president unveiled the proposal in front of a joint session of Congress. The $477 billion proposal includes $175 billion in payroll tax cuts, establishes a national infrastructure bank, extends unemployment insurance benefits for an additional year and includes increased infrastructure spending.
While Democrats have rallied around the proposal, Republicans have remained cool, although not entirely resistant, to passing at least some of the legislation.
"It is my hope that we will be able to work together to put in place the best ideas of both parties and help put Americans back to work," Boehner continued. "In the meantime, the House will continue its work to remove government barriers to private-sector job creation, and we will continue to call on our colleagues in the Democratic-led Senate to take action on the numerous job creation bills passed by the House that await consideration in their chamber."