By Meghashyam Mali - 09/25/11 02:31 PM EDT
White House senior adviser David Plouffe pushed lawmakers to put aside "political games" and pass the president's jobs creation proposal adding that the White House expected a vote in October.
"The American people know the economy is too weak. Too many of them are suffering. So the question for Washington is, are we going to continue to play political games and -- and -- or are we going to say, we can do something right now to create jobs," said Plouffe on ABC's This Week on Sunday.
Plouffe insisted that an October vote would not be too late to stimulate the economy.
"No, it's not late. Most economists have looked at this and said it would have a profound impact on the unemployment rate, on our growth, on job creation," he added.
Obama's adviser also expressed optimism that the measure would pass Congress. "I think it's got a very good chance," said Plouffe. He said the tax measures in the plan had previously enjoyed support from Democrats and Republicans.
"This has tax cuts for every small business and every worker, rehiring teachers, modernizing our schools, helping rebuild our infrastructure, all things that can help the economy in the short term and are important for our long-term economic future. And they traditionally have had bipartisan support," he claimed.
Plouffe though urged patience saying the American public should understand that there was no quick fix for the state of the economy.
"This American Jobs Act can -- yes, it can help in the short term, but it's part of making sure we come out of this -- the American people understand, it took us a long time to get into this point. It's going to take us a long time to get out. But eventually we're going to get back to solid, consistent economic growth," said Plouffe.
He also defended the tax revenue increases in Obama's jobs package. The tax hikes have received criticism from Republicans and some Democrats.
Plouffe said that the tax changes would ensure that the wealthy paid their fair share while easing the burden on middle class families. The White House has termed the call for the wealthy to pay at least an equal share of their income as middle class families the "Buffett Rule" after billionaire investor Warren Buffett who has long called for such hikes.
"It's really a question of fairness and what kind of country we're going to live in. There are 22,000 people making over $1 million. They're paying an effective tax rate in the teens. As Warren Buffett said, he pays less in taxes effectively than his secretary does. That's not right."
Plouffe though stressed that none of the tax increases would take effect immediately. "None of them would start until 2013, just as we're careful in the spending cuts, because we are in a very fragile economic time," he explained.
Speaking earlier in the morning on Fox News Sunday, Plouffe emphasized the broader tax changes in Obama's proposal would "cut taxes for just about everybody in America" and also "cut taxes for every small business owner."
Plouffe criticized Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry for opposing the plan saying they wanted to defend tax breaks for the wealthy and loopholes for corporations.
"That's what Mitt Romney and Rick Perry and all the Republican congressional leaders want to do," said Plouffe on Fox.
"We have inequities. The American people are screaming out 'it's unfair.'"
Plouffe also denied suggestions that Obama's jobs bill was motivated by political concerns. "The election is not for 14 months. The American people don't have 14 months to wait," he said to Fox host Chris Wallace
"Are we going to sit by and do nothing?" Plouffe asked.