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Obama Sending American Jobs Act to Congress

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama is not letting up on Congress after practically demanding last week that they quickly pass the American Jobs Act.

A White House official says the president will make remarks Monday morning at the Rose Garden, where he'll announce that he'll be sending the legislation to Capitol Hill that evening.

During his announcement, the official says Obama will be joined by people from across the country who would benefit from the American Jobs Act, including teachers, police officers, firefighters, construction workers, small business owners and veterans.

The president unveiled the $447 billion economic stimulus package last Thursday night before a joint session of Congress.  According to Obama, the measure seeks to cut payroll taxes, provides tax breaks for small businesses that hire new workers and puts Americans to work on infrastructure projects.

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Republicans Respond to Obama's American Jobs Act

Stephen Morton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama hopes that Republicans can get their act together so that they join Democrats to quickly pass his American Jobs Act.

However, there was the sense after his address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday that Republicans don’t quite see the same urgency to bring the bill up for an immediate vote.

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who hopes to run against the president in the 2012 general election, had nothing positive to say about the speech.

According to Bachman, “the president under the veil of one of the most sacred, deliberative forms -- a joint session of Congress -- delivered yet one more political speech where he doubled down on more of the same policies that are killing the United States economy...Mr. President, what among your proposals was new?  What hasn’t already been tried and failed before?"

House Speaker John Boehner did not give a ringing endorsement to the plan although he sounded a bit more optimistic about its chances, saying, “The proposals the president outlined tonight merit consideration.  We hope he gives serious consideration to our ideas as well."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was less effusive in his opinion of the American Jobs Act, having already dismissed it out of hand after reading an advance copy of the speech.  The Kentucky Republican described it as a "reelection plan," rather than a "jobs plan."

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the leading Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, was also skeptical of the $447 billion proposal.  

He remarked, “The president just doesn’t get it.  No economic plan can succeed that ignores our staggering and surging debt."

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Obama to Send Congress 'The American Jobs Act'

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will do more than call for job creation in his address before a joint session of Congress Thursday evening -- he'll announce that he's sending legislation to Congress for quick action.

“The president will unveil tonight The American Jobs Act, a plan of bipartisan ideas to create jobs right now and is fully paid for,” White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told ABC News.

The final price tag is still being calculated but it could reach $400 billion, paid for by savings elsewhere in government.

And it is crafted to appeal to Republicans who have control of the House, where all money bills must begin their legislative track.

White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley told ABC's Good Morning America that the specifics “will create jobs.  They’ll get teachers back to work.  First responders back to work.  Construction workers, it will get money into small businesses.  And the American people will see a tax cut with a payroll extension.”

Daley added that special emphasis will be on tax breaks for smaller companies which hire: ”It will help the long-term unemployed and help small businesses hire veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan at a time where there is a growing unemployment rate among veterans.”

The president will send The American Jobs Act to Congress in a few days.

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