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Obama Urges Congress to Pass Jobs Bill

Dorothy Rowley | , WI Staff Writer | 9/8/2011, 10:24 p.m.

He added that in reducing the deficit and to pay for the jobs plan, a decision has to be made surrounding the country's priorities.

"It's simple math -- real choices we have to make -- and it's time for us to do what's right for our future," said Obama, adding that his plan would provide a $1,500 tax cut for the typical working family and that small businesses with 50 workers would save at least $80,000 -- that, in effect, would jolt the stalled economy.

Meanwhile, Republicans have expressed some interest trying to work out a compromise rather than outright rejecting the bill. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in an interview that the proposals outlined by Obama warranted consideration.

"It's my hope that we can work together to end the uncertainty facing families and small businesses, and create a better environment for long-term economic growth and private-sector job creation," Boehner said.

David Bositiis, senior political analyst for the Washington, DC-based Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, told the Washington Informer that overall, Obama delivered a good speech.

"He talked about giving tax breaks to companies that hired people, but the main breaks were for small businesses," Bositis said. "I also liked that he talked about spending money on roads and putting more construction [people] to work."

Bositis said the bill's proposals were bi-partisan and that Obama suggested that it was reasonable, having included tax breaks which Bositis said Republicans worship.

"I would think the only reason Republicans wouldn't support the bill is because they [would be] trying to hurt Obama," Bositis said.