Obama Works to Get the Unemployed Back to Work

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FILE -- In an Oct. 20, 2011 file photo President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/file)

President Obama's pressing lawmakers to act now -- on the part of his jobs plan designed to repair aging roads, rails, and bridges. But -- most Republicans and even some Democrats aren't on board-- especially for the President's proposal to pay for it with a new tax.

President Obama's pushing Congress to sign off on the part of his jobs plan - that would pay for repairs and upgrades to the country's rails, roads and bridges.

President Obama said, "Right now what we have to do is put people back to work."

The President insists -- the bill's 60-billion dollar price tag is money well spent. It upgrades the nation's infrastructure -- and could put hundreds of thousands of people back to work.

The White House wants to pay for the plan - with a new tax on individuals and couples making more than a million dollars a year. That idea's not sitting well with some lawmakers who say the president's more focused on winning votes than creating jobs.

House Speaker and Rep. John Boehner said, “It's not just Republicans standing in the way of getting the bill passed. The White House will have to win over some Democrats who share those concerns about new taxes.”

In recent weeks - the President has sidestepped Congress to put new economic proposals into action. But -- he'll need lawmakers' approval to get his infrastructure repair plan underway.

The Senate's top Democrat plans to bring the infrastructure plan up for a test vote -- later this week.


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