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President Barack Obama said he is calling on Congress to hold votes on his jobs bill by the end of the month, after weeks of legislative stalling on the controversial bill.Speaking at the start of a Cabinet meeting, Obama said he would be in touch with congressional leaders to “insist that we have a vote on this bill.”
Republicans have branded the bill as a “second stimulus” and have pledged to oppose it, while Senate Democrats are slow-walking the bill because even they see dissent in their ranks.
Obama said if Republicans have parts of the bill they dislike, that they should bring their concerns forward so the rest of the bill can pass — something the GOP leadership did in a lengthy memo last month.
The bill includes an extension of the payroll tax cut, which unless renewed, would result in Americans paying on average an addition $1000 in taxes next year, the White House said.
Obama is resuming his nationwide advocacy tour on the bill tomorrow, with a speech at a Texas community college.
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