WASHINGTON -- Taking another jab at his favorite punching bag, President Obama on Tuesday offered Congress a "to-do" list for the year, drawing attention and gently mocking lawmakers in the unpopular and gridlocked Congress.
"It's about the size of a Post-it note. So every member of Congress should have time to read it -- and they can glance at it every so often," Obama said of his list of five measures. He added that lawmakers could check off the list as they pass legislation, "just like when Michelle gives me a list, check it off."
The president’s list includes items he has previously announced and Congress has failed to embrace. That includes a proposal to allow more homeowners to refinance their mortgages and a plan to give tax credits to companies that relocate in the United States. Obama also wants expand a tax credit for clean energy manufacturers and give a 10% income tax credit to employers who hire. The president also called for the creation a job corps for veterans.
A representative for Speaker of the House John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) quickly dismissed the president’s list as a campaign ploy.
"The small, sticky 'to-do list' is the perfect symbol for a shrunken presidency, more focused on campaigning than governing," said Brendan Buck, Boehner's spokesman. House Republicans offered their jobs proposals as an alternative: cutting corporate income taxes, expanding domestic oil and gas production, and repealing the new healthcare law.