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Thursday September 01, 2011 | 02:50 PM

What do Maine lawmakers think about President Obama’s plan to address Congress next Thursday about his job creation proposal?

As might be expected, the reaction falls along partisan lines.

Maine’s Republican senators took jabs at Obama on the timing of the speech – but not over the White House’s initial plan for Obama to make the address Wednesday evening, the same night as a GOP presidential debate. Both Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe contend the president has waited too long to adequately tackle job creation issues.

Collins “looks forward to hearing the details of the president's jobs plan and believes it has taken far too long for the President to address this critical issue,” said her spokesman, Kevin Kelley, adding that Collins introduced a jobs proposal six months ago that includes assistance for small business and an overhaul of federal regulations.

Snowe said in a statement that, “As I have been urging the president to do for two-and-a-half years, we must work together to achieve all we can to create an environment ripe for job creation.”

But Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree took a jab at congressional Republicans in saying that Obama is simply trying to get Congress to break away from partisan warfare long enough to focus on meaningful job creation steps.

“This year Congress has been too focused on politically divisive issues that do nothing to create jobs and nothing to create jobs and put Americans back to work,” Pingree said in a statement. “The president can get a lot of attention when he speaks to the nation and I hope he is able to use this opportunity to get Washington politicians to focus on jobs.”

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