Obama Returns From Jobs Plan Trip

By: Susan McGinnis Email
By: Susan McGinnis Email

WASHINGTON 10/20/2011 --At a crowded firehouse in Richmond, Virginia President Obama called on Congress to help save hundreds of thousands of jobs.

He used the last stop of his three-day bus tour trying to convince lawmakers to pass 35 billion dollars in aid this week.

That measure - part of his larger jobs package - would be aimed at helping prevent states from laying off firefighters, police, and teachers.

But the President wasn't the only one talking jobs Wednesday.

The First Lady joined him at a military base in Virginia, while Vice President Biden pushed the plan in DC.

The Senate's top Democrat is promising a vote on the 35 billion dollar provision before lawmakers go on recess at week's end. "We are going to make sure there is a vote on our bill this week," said Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Republicans say Democrats are playing political games.

"They are actually designing legislation to fail on the other side so they will have someone else to blame for the economy 13 months from now," said Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

But President Obama is determined to keep the pressure on Congress he'll head out West next week on another jobs tour.

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