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Obama Continues Jobs Drumbeat

President Barack Obama held up a copy of his $447 billion jobs bill today at a Rose Garden ceremony flanked by teachers, firefighters and construction workers, and he urged Americans to tell Congress to pass it.

“I’m sending this bill to Congress today, and they ought to pass it immediately,” Obama said.

The president, however, has yet to detail how he will pay for the plan and its mix of tax cuts and new spending. That will wait until next week, when the president said he will offer his own deficit reduction package, which he said would include measures requiring the wealthy, oil companies and other corporations to pay their “fair share.”

Obama said his proposal would put laid-off teachers, police and firefighters back to work and help veterans get jobs when they return home.

And he said there are millions of out-of-work construction workers who could benefit from new infrastructure spending to rebuild roads, bridges and schools.

“There’s plenty of work to do,” he said. “Every kid deserves a great school and we can give it to them.”

Obama also noted that every working family will see its taxes go up if his payroll tax cut isn’t approved, and his tax cuts for small businesses and for hiring would also help reduce unemployment.

“Instead of just talking about America’s jobs creators, let’s do something,” he said.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) issued a statement saying he would immediately request a score from the Congressional Budget Office and will review the office’s analysis.

“It is my hope that we will be able to work together to put in place the best ideas of both parties and help put Americans back to work,” Boehner said.

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