President Obama plans to tell the nation tonight that there is "nothing controversial" in his latest jobs program and he's set to tell Congress that it should be passed "right away."
"The question is whether, in the face of an ongoing national crisis, we can stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy; whether we can restore some of the fairness and security that has defined this nation since our beginning," Obama will also say, according to excerpts of his address that were just released by the White House.
Meanwhile, The Associated Press just reported that it's been told by officials familiar with the president's plan that the program of tax cuts and other initiatives will total about $450 billion. If that's correct, it's a sharp increase from the $300 billion package that sources were telling the AP and other news outlets about just yesterday.
Obama will say, according to the excerpts, that the plan "will provide a tax break for companies who hire new workers, and it will cut payroll taxes in half for every working American and every small business."
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