"What's the problem? Do they not have the time? They just had a week off. Is it inconvenient?" he said in Mesquite, Texas, singling out House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for special criticism.There was no indication Cantor, R-Va., or the House Republicans would agree. The move would be an effort to win more support for the package within the Democratic Party. Republicans have said they oppose the plan,
"I do think the president makes an important point that he is entitled to a vote." The request was blocked by Reid,
who called it a "political stunt" and said he would make sure the bill comes to the floor this month. Aboard Air Force One
White House press secretary Jay Carney accused Republicans of gamesmanship.