September 13th, 2011
04:49 PM ET

Obama's push for jobs act will last months, officials say

High school students chanted "pass this bill" to a rousing speech Tuesday by President Barack Obama touting his $447 billion jobs plan, while senior administration officials said the push for Congress to approve the legislation would last months.

White House spokesman Jay Carney, meanwhile, opened the door to Obama's proposal getting passed in pieces, rather than as a single package.

"If Congress were to send a portion of the American Jobs Act, the president would, of course, not veto it," Carney told reporters. "He would sign it and then he would return to press the Congress to get the rest of the job done."

The plan unveiled last week and presented to Congress on Monday calls for targeted tax cuts, infrastructure spending and new job training assistance that would be paid for by ending tax loopholes for corporations and American families earning more than $250,000 a year.

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    September 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. anaeliss

    So @ Frank you volunteer to go to China and bring the factories jobs back here? You got 1 billion people in China. If someone gave all 380millions people here a million dollars each, this country will collapse in 6 months. No ones working. You can't eat money. Focusing on terrorism deflected from us watching the back doors during Bush era sneaking the factories out of the country.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      People of the United States of America and anaeliss,
      OK.1st,I would doubt the Chinese would let me in the country if they found out about my miltary encounters against them and their NVA friends during the Vietnam War.Next.why is President Obamas JOBS CZAR Jeff E. CEO of GE is outsourcing it's entire MRI Divison in WI. to China and GE appartly paid no corporate taxes on 5 Billion dollars in profits eiither last year or the year before.Eplain those to little gems to me.Next is Terrorism.So President Bush should have just ignored the murder of over 3000 AMERICAN AND WORLD Citizens and just went on his merry way like nothiing happened,anaelliss,are you metally ill or a moron.People like you can thank GOD or ALA that I was not President then or now because the coutries that would do us harm in the middle east and eurasia would be a sheet of glass right now and that includes North Korea.

      September 15, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. jim

    @slider: Yeah that five dollars a day pay had a lot to do with it not to mention child labor. What the US needs to do is raise tariffs high enough on American companies that leave so it's unprofitable for them to do so-problem solved.

    September 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jim

    Anaaeliss: jobs have been leaving for nigh of 40 years. Clinton was the one who finally signed NAFTA.

    September 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kweg Yung

    Corporate America's expansion into China was paid for by the American taxpayer. Bush's “tax cuts for the rich” policy helped to fund this transition. That's why no American jobs were created but a lot of Chinese jobs were. Republican politicians represent the corporate rich, the 'job creators'. When was the last time you saw a job created in the U.S.? The rich don't pay tax in this country and their corporations are physically based in communist China; where, by the way, SOCIALIZED healthcare and SOCIALIZED education are the norm. Republican politicians sold us (U.S.) out.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
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