President's Call to Lawmakers: Pass the American Jobs Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama did not mince words Thursday night, calling on Congress to pass his jobs bill - and pass it right away.
President Obama addressed the joint session of Congress, laying out his plan to stimulate the economy and get Americans back to work.
It passionate call from the president, for lawmakers to pass the American Jobs Act.
"It's the kind of proposal that's been supported in the past by Democrats and Republicans alike. You should pass it right away," Obama said.
The American Jobs Act is a $450 billion plan, which includes $105 billion in public works and renewed jobless benefits, and $85 billion for states to re-hire laid off police and firefighters. Obama said the jobs act would also benefit laid-off teachers and unemployed veterans - all it needs is support from both sides.
"Regardless of the arguments we've had in the past, regardless of the arguments we'll have in the future, this plan is the right thing to do right now. You should pass it. And I intend to take that message to every corner of this country," Obama said.
No specifics on how the president plans on paying for the plan, but details are expected in about two weeks.