Includes Tax Cuts, Spending on Infrastructure

President Obama Lays Out His Jobs Plan

By Peter Neumann
By John W. Davis

September 8, 2011 Updated Sep 8, 2011 at 10:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- President Obama told a joint session of Congress tonight it's time to put partisan bickering behind, and get to work putting the nation to work.

He unveiled a $447Billion jobs plan tonight, the details of which he will submit to Congress early next week saying he wants quick passage.

Calling it an "urgent time for our country," President Barack Obama called for Congress to "stop the political circus".

The President said that 'we continue to face an economic crisis that has left millions of our neighbors jobless and a political crisis that has made things worse."

He proposed an almost half-trillion-dollar plan - what he's calling the American Jobs Act - to help the economy by cutting payroll taxes, raising taxes on the wealthy and rewarding companies that hire new workers.

As for tax cuts, under his proposal a typical working family would get a $1,500 tax cut. Companies with fifty employees would save about $80-thousand annually under the plan he unveiled tonight.


Meanwhile, Indiana's NewsCenter hosted a discussion Thursday evening on our facebook page.

We asked viewers, whether they thought President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act was a good idea?

"Lips are moving, unfortunately action is lacking," wrote Lisa, an unemployed worker, from New Haven.

Lisa told Indiana's NewsCenter she already has two degrees and she is working on third degree.

"I think he could do a very good job, if they would stop fighting him on everything he's trying to do," commented Becky, a disabled worker from Orland.

"The bill sounded good in theory. That is if it's passed and put into action now. Not 14 months from now," wrote Bethany, an unemployed worker from Fort Wayne.

"All Lies!!! Not going to work just like the rest of his policies," wrote John, an unemployed worker from Wabash.

"Need action not words," commented Nancy, an unemployed worker from Huntington.

"Great speech... The problem is not the President! People need to stop blaming one person, the reason things are bad is because no one can get along in Washington. Hopefully, they will pass this bill and move forward!," wrote Kelly, an employed worker from Avilla.

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