President Obama unveils his jobs plan this evening
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Those familiar with tonight's speech say the President's plan will be mainstream, aggressive and specific. The goal will be to lower the unemployment rate by next spring.
Democrats familiar with the President's plan say tonight's speech will stress urgency, challenging Congress to act on his ideas by the end of the year, "[the measures] will be specific, they will be measurable, they will be paid for," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney
Reportedly the plan calls for hundreds of billions dollars in middle class tax cuts, business tax breaks, infrastructure projects, another payroll tax cut, housing help, training, more checks for the unemployed, and money to prevent state layoffs.
Ideas the White House says Democrats and Republicans have supported before.
Top Republicans signal they'll work with the President, but some say they're tired of speeches, "is it too much to ask for a real plan?", said Senator Jeff Sessions, (R) Alabama.
Republican candidates touted their records on job creation at last night's debate:
"We created 1 million jobs in the state of Texas," said Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) Presidential Candidate
"We created more jobs in Massachusetts than this President has created in the entire country," said Presidential Candidate and Former Governor of Massachusetts, Republican Mitt Romney.
"As governor of Utah, we were the number-one job creator in this country during my years of service," said Republican Presidential Candidate Jon Huntsman.
"When I was speaker, we added 11 million jobs in a bipartisan effort," said Newt Gingrich (R) Presidential Candidate,
Each candidate now hoping for a chance to do it again.
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