NBC NATIONAL NEWS — With voters frustrated by high unemployment and his approval ratings at new lows, President Barack Obama unveiled a $447-billion dollar package of tax cuts and spending measures aimed at jump starting the economy.
"It will create more jobs for construction workers, more jobs for teachers, more jobs for veterans, and more jobs for the long-term unemployed. The people of this country work hard to meet their responsibilities. The question tonight is whether we'll meet ours," said President Obama on Thursday.
In a fiery address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama claimed his "American Jobs Act" proposals have been supported by republicans and democrats in the past, and they will be paid for.
Reaction to the President's speech split along party lines, but a House republican leader was conciliatory.
"I believe that there is some common ground. We can set aside the things we disagree on and come together on the commonality," said Representative Eric Cantor.