WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama addressed Congress Thursday evening, introducing a new job creation bill, while emphasizing that it get passed right away.
With the unemployment rate held at 9.1 percent and the president’s approval rating at 44 percent, some questioned if this would be a jobs speech or the unofficial start of Obama’s re-election campaign.
President Obama revealed a $447 billion dollar American Jobs Act bill, and its purpose is to put more people back to work.
The president stressed creating more jobs for teachers and showing fairness to students.
“Pass this jobs bill and 1,000 teachers will go back to work,” Obama said. “Schools need renovating; how can we expect kids to do their best in places that are falling apart?”
The president also hopes that the bill will put veterans and construction workers back to work, a proposal that got the entire room, even House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH., on their feet.
“Veterans shouldn’t have to fight for a job when they come back home,” Obama said.
During his speech President Obama made aware that both parties have proposed the same cuts and sustained the same ideas the American Jobs Act is outlining.
“Every proposal I have laid out tonight will be paid for and has been supported by Democrats and Republicans in the past,” Obama said.
Obama made it clear to Congress and to the American people that Washington needs to stop with their own political circus, meet their responsibilities and actually do something to help the economy.
“This is simple math … These are real choices,” Obama said. “It is time for us to do what’s right for our future.”