(AP) President Obama says the “worst may be behind us” in the recession. In his weekly radio and Internet address the President used better-than-expected jobless figures to push his top domestic priority.
He says overhauling the nation’s health care system is essential to the country’s economic well-being, "We must do more than rescue our economy from this immediate crisis. We must rebuild it stronger than before." He added: "We must lay a new foundation for future growth and prosperity, and a key pillar of a new foundation is health insurance reform."
It’s shaping up to be a politically hot summer for Congress. Lawmakers return home for a month long summer break and opponents and supporters of various proposals under consideration are waging fierce campaigns. "So far they have produced a measure that they cannot sell even to their own members," Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell said in a jab at majority Democrats. "The only thing bipartisan, so far, is the opposition."
Countering the Democratic position,Bob McDonnell, the Republican nominee for Virginia Governor, argued the new Labor Department report was "yet another reminder that families and small businesses are struggling as unemployment remains high." In the GOP's response address, McDonnell sought to draw distinctions between Republicans and Democrats on economic and health care policy.
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