By Jamie Klatell - 11/05/11 10:30 AM EDT
With or without help from Republicans, the White House will continue its push for jobs legislation that has stalled in Congress, Vice President Biden said Saturday.
"Look, it’s simple: We refuse to take no for an answer," Biden said in the White House's weekly address. "We know these steps taken alone are not going to solve all of our problems, but they will make a difference in the lives of millions of American families struggling to hold on.
For the third time in four weeks, Senate Republicans on Thursday voted in unison to block a piece of Obama's jobs package.
The GOP senators were joined by one Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.), and Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) in rejecting a procedural motion on legislation that would spend $60 billion on transportation infrastructure programs. The vote was 51-49.
"We’ve taken every important piece of the jobs bill and demanded that we have a separate vote," Biden said. "But our Republican colleagues in the Senate have voted unanimously to vote down each and every part so far: to restore 400,000 jobs for teachers, police officers, firefighters, putting them back in classrooms, on the streets and in the fire houses."
Biden said the White House will do what it can without help from Congress.
"So, look, we can't wait," he said. "If the Republican Congress won’t join us, we’re going to continue to act on our own to make the changes that we can to bring relief to middle-class families and those aspiring to get in the middle class."