President Obama mocked Republicans on Friday for seeking to repeal the healthcare law 33 times instead of working to pass a tax extension that would help the middle class.

Kicking off a two-day, five-stop bus tour in Virginia, Obama sought to hammer home his latest message to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for those making under $250,000 a year as part of an effort that, he says, would help the middle class.

In his speech at a local high school, the president accused Republicans of holding tax cuts “hostage” and of not being “serious” about deficit reduction if they want to extend Bush-era tax cuts for the top two percent of taxpayers.