Pushing For Jobs

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Friday, September 9, 2011 - 2:23pm

President Obama takes his job plan on the road.

President Obama was on the road Friday, pitching his $50-billion jobs plan and asking Americans to push lawmakers to get it passed.

The proposal goes to Congress next week.

"I want you to tell your Congressperson the time for gridlock and games is over...the time for action is now...pass this bill," he told supporters in Richmond, Virginia.

The plan extends the payroll tax cut, gives tax credits for companies that hire unemployed workers and could create millions of jobs by upgrading roads, bridges and school buildings.

Republicans say while they can't accept the entire package, there is room for compromise.

"I would ask the President, would he accept and go along and support the effort and try to make progress on those things we can agree on and set aside the differences?" said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Democrats say ideas put forth by Republicans so far haven't worked.

"I do know that in the 250 days the Republicans have been in the Majority hasn't created one job," chided House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

With unemployment over nine percent, Americans are eager for change.

Over the next few months, the president will make several stops across the country pitching his jobs plan, hoping public pressure will force Congress to act.
 

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