White House: Obama to send jobs bill to Congress on Monday

President Obama plans to send the American Jobs Act, his $447 billion plan to jump-start the economy, to Congress on Monday evening, a White House official said Sunday.

Obama will appear in the Rose Garden at 10:40 a.m. on Monday to call on Congress to approve the bill, which aims to create hundreds of thousands of jobs through a mix of tax cuts, infrastructure spending and direct aid to state and local governments.

The president will be joined at the announcement by teachers, police officers, firefighters, construction workers, small business owners, and veterans, the White House official said.

Since unveiling his plan in a speech to Congress last Thursday, Obama has launched an ambitious push to win public support. Last Friday, he traveled to Richmond, the district of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), where he repeatedly told an enthusiastic crowd to demand that Congress “pass this bill now.”

Obama will tour a school in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday to highlight the bill’s aid package to help communities hire teachers and rehabilitate aging school buildings. He’ll follow that with a trip to the Raleigh-Durham area in North Carolina on Wednesday to continue to sell his plan.

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David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.

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