President Obama and Republican hopefuls set to offer competing job plans.
President Obama has called for a joint session of Congress next week to unveil his plan to create jobs and kick-start the economy.
Flanked by business and labor leaders at the White House Wednesday, the president called on Congress to start by extending the federal highway bill.
The program is set to expire at the end of next month, and if politics get in the way the president is warning that a million jobs and billions of dollars may be lost.
"It's time to stop the political gamesmanship that can actually cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs," he said.
Republicans and Democrats are at odds on how much to spend.
Labor and business leaders are throwing their weight behind the president, at least on this bill,
but the Chamber of Commerce wants the White House to ease regulation on energy and other industries to promote investment.
The AFL-CIO wants more help for working families, and even more for those that aren't working.
The presidential address upstages an already planned GOP presidential debate.
The White House says it's coincidence, but Republicans say it's pure politics.