Rep. Louie GohmertLouie GohmertSteve King compares military pay for gender transition to Ottoman's castrating slaves House passes 6.5B defense policy bill Budget process drags as GOP struggles for consensus MORE (R-Texas) added on Tuesday that the bill would also make it illegal to discriminate against unemployed workers, which he said would only help trial lawyers and make companies less likely to interview the unemployed.

Reid did not make any written statement upon introduction of Obamas bill, but the legislation is likely to be taken up in the Senate in order to pressure House Republicans to act. The bill is described as a measure to provide tax relief for American workers and businesses, to put workers back on the job while rebuilding and modernizing America and to provide pathways back to work for Americans looking for jobs.

So far, no member of the House has introduced Obamas bill.