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Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 10:27am

President Obama talks about his jobs bill at a very symbolic location.

President Obama heads to Ohio to talk about his jobs bill at a symbolic location -- a bridge connecting the home states of Republican leaders John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.

Much ado has been about the location of this speech. Some Republicans argue instead of helping the President make his point, it could backfire.

The Brent-Spence Bridge connects a major trucking route between Ohio and Kentucky. It's at twice its capacity and needs two billion in repairs.

The project's been stalled for a decade. Today, President Obama will use this bridge as a backdrop for pushing his jobs bill. "Every idea in there has been supported in the past by both parties, and everything is paid for. There's no reason why we shouldn't pass it right away," said President Barack Obama.

The bridge connects the home states of Capitol Hill’s two top Republicans: House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Both dismiss today's speech as a political stunt, "President Obama may think the best way to distract people from the challenges we face is to stand near a bridge in a swing state and pit one group of Americans against another," said Senate Minority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, (R-KY)

"He's gonna remind people that it was his stimulus that was unable to deliver the needed funds to address those projects," said House Majority Leader Rep., Eric Cantor (R-VA).

"Raising taxes on the American people is not the way to get our economy going again," said House Speaker John Boehner, (R) Ohio.

The President's jobs bill would cost 447 billion dollars.

Meantime, Congress can't even find enough money for this year.

Last night, an effort to fund the federal government past September 30th failed in the House largely because lawmakers disagree on how much money to allocate for disaster relief.

Tracie Potts, NBC News.
 

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