With President Barack Obama set to take his message on the economy to John Boehner's backyard, the Republican House speaker landed a preemptive blow with a video blaming Senate Democrats for a congressional logjam that has stalled bills meant to create jobs. (The president makes his first major economic address of the general election cycle at a community college in Cleveland on Thursday.)
In the video, the Ohio lawmaker points to documents covering his desk, identifying them as House-passed legislation blocked by the Democratic-held Senate.
"This isn't just our work—it's your work in progress," Boehner says.
"You see, we're going to keep adding to this pile, and we're going to keep calling on President Obama and Democrats in the Senate to give these jobs bills a vote," he says.
Boehner's message aims to turn the tables on Obama—and on Democrats in general, who charge that House Republicans have locked up legislation to create jobs. The White House has described the House-passed bills—one of which would repeal "Obamacare"—as partisan nonstarters.
Obama spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday that unspecified independent economists have come down on the side of the president's approach and criticized the Republican proposals.
"Some of them would actually do near-term damage to the economy," he said.Read More »from Boehner defends Republicans on jobs ahead of Obama speech