Obama to Send Jobs Bill to Congress Monday

Posted September 11th, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama will send his new jobs creation proposal to Congress on Monday.

A White House official Sunday said the president will formally ask Congress to pass the nearly $450 billion bill in a ceremony at the Rose Garden. The official said the President will be joined by people he says will benefit from the new plan: teachers, police officers, firefighters, construction workers, small business owners and veterans.

Tuesday and Wednesday the president will head to Ohio and North Carolina promoting the bill.

Mr. Obama introduced his plan last week at a joint session of Congress. The plan would cut taxes for workers and businesses and fund projects that would employ construction workers and provide other jobs. The proposal includes initiatives to put people to work repairing and modernizing roads, railways, airports, waterways and at least 35,000 schools.

Mr. Obama has said he will also unveil a deficit-reduction plan in the coming days that would cover the cost of his proposal.

Recent U.S. government figures have shown job creation at a standstill, as concerns grow over the possibility of a second recession.

The U.S. unemployment rate stands at 9.1 percent. About 14 million workers are unemployed and millions more are working part-time or in jobs they consider below their skill level.