UPDATE 2: Obama sending jobs bill to Congress Monday
By Associated Press
President Obama addresses a joint session of Congress to introduce his jobs bill Thursday night.
WASHINGTON (WRCB/AP) - President Barack Obama bluntly challenged Congress Monday to act immediately on his new jobs plan, brandishing a copy of the legislation in the Rose Garden and demanding: "No games, no politics, no delays."
Surrounded by police officers, firefighters, teachers, construction workers and others he said would be helped by the $447 billion package, the President said the only thing that would block its passage would be lawmakers deciding it wasn't good politics to work with him. "We can't afford these same political games, not now," Obama said.
The President said he was sending the package to Congress later Monday, after unveiling it last week in a speech to a joint session of Congress. Then he's heading out to try to sell it to the public, on Tuesday in Ohio - home state of House Speaker John Boehner - and Wednesday in North Carolina.
At the same time, the Democratic National Committee is backing up the effort with a new ad campaign in politically key states from Nevada to New Hampshire.
The centerpiece of the plan cuts payroll taxes that pay for Social Security, giving a tax break to workers and businesses. There's also new spending for teachers and school construction, and an extension of jobless benefits, among other elements. Republican lawmakers who control the House have promised quick review of the legislation and seem open to the tax-cutting elements, but some have already rejected new spending.
Locally, the White House says the American Jobs Act will support more than 60,000 jobs in Tennessee and Georgia. The plan calls for an investment of $5.39 billion on everything from highways and rails to schools and home rehabilitations.
The American Jobs Act calls for Tennessee to receive $1.8 billion in federal investments and create 23,600 jobs.
Number of unemployed in Tennessee in July 2011: 306,200
Infrastructure modernization (highways, rail, airports): $619,000,000 and 8,000 jobs (mostly construction) Teachers, Police and Firefighters: $596,000,000 and 9,400 jobs Public School modernization: $474,700,000 and 6,200 jobs Rehabilitation and Refurbishing Vacant/Foreclosed homes: $56,800,000 Community College modernization: $61,800,000
Unemployment Insurance reform could help put 130,000 long-term unemployed to work Pathways Back to Work Fund would "provide hundreds of thousands of low-income youth and adults with opportunities to work and to achieve needed training in growth industries. Pathways Back to Work could place 2,700 adults and 15,600 youths in jobs in Tennessee."
The American Jobs Act calls for Tennessee to receive $3.59 billion in federal investments and create 38,200 jobs.
Number of unemployed in Georgia in July 2011: 466,600
Infrastructure modernization (highways, rail, airports): $1,044,800,000 and 13,600 jobs (mostly construction) Teachers, Police and Firefighters: $956,700,000 and 12,800 jobs Public School modernization: $909,500,000 and 11,800 jobs Rehabilitation and Refurbishing Vacant/Foreclosed homes: $543,000,000 Community College modernization: $140,600,000
Unemployment Insurance reform could help put 259,000 long-term unemployed to work Pathways Back to Work Fund would "provide hundreds of thousands of low-income youth and adults with opportunities to work and to achieve needed training in growth industries. Pathways Back to Work could place 4,000 adults and 16,100 youths in jobs in Georgia."
Average tax cut in Georgia: $1,330
The President says he will call on the Joint Committee, made up of Republicans and Democrats from both houses of Congress to make the deficit cuts in order to cover the $447 billion the jobs plan will cost the taxpayers.
"The President will, in the coming days, release a detailed plan that will show how we can do that while achieving the additional deficit reduction necessary to meet the President's broader goal of stabilizing our debt as a share of the economy," a release from the White House stated.