Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama stepped up the push for his $447 billion job creation plan Monday, calling it a "common-sense" blueprint for economic recovery at risk of being blocked by short-term political calculations.
"This is a bill that will put people back to work all across the country," Obama told a crowd of teachers, veterans, small-business owners and others at the White House. "This is a bill that will help our economy in a moment of national crisis. This is a bill that is based on ideas from both Democrats and Republicans, and this is the bill that Congress needs to pass."FULL STORY