WASHINGTON (CNN) - Taking no chances, President Barack Obama is exerting last-minute pressure on Congress to approve his stimulus plan by highlighting stories of people affected by the economic downturn.
The Democratic National Committee and Obama's Organizing for America will use Obama's vast e-mail list Friday to contact the president's political supporters and point them to a new Web page where several of these stories can be viewed.
The goal is to drum up public support for the measure as Congress prepares to vote on it.
The stories were collected last weekend from Obama supporters who attended one of 3,600 meetings held across the country to discuss the situation, according to the DNC. In all, 31,030 stories were submitted to the DNC and OFA.
"The stories we've collected put a human face on the economic crisis and underscore the urgent need for action," Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine said in a statement set for release Friday morning.
Kaine, who heads the DNC, said in the statement provided to CNN before it was distributed publicly that "Congress needs to move swiftly toward final passage of the economic recovery plan so the president can sign it into law and we can prevent this economic crisis from becoming a national catastrophe that costs millions more Americans their jobs, homes and health care."
With the support of a few Republican centrists in the Senate, the $789 billion bill is expected to be approved by Congress as early as Friday and then head to the White House to be signed into law by Obama.