WASHINGTON -- President Obama held up a newly printed copy of his $447 billion American Jobs Bill today at the White House and demanded that Congress pass it in order "to put people back to work."
"No games, no politics, no delays," Obama said in a Rose Garden ceremony featuring a variety of workers he said would benefit from the legislation.
"The only thing stopping it (the bill) is its politics," the president said.
Teachers, police officers, firefighters construction workers joined Obama as he promoted the jobs package that includes new infrastructure projects, unemployment assistance, and tax cuts for business people to encourage hiring.
"Instead of talking about job creators, let's actually do something to help America's job creators," Obama said.
It was the third jobs speech for Obama in five days, including the weekend; the president also plans to discuss the plan during trips to Ohio and North Carolina over the next two days.
The Democratic National Committee is running television commercials in key states to promote the plan.
Obama said the plan is not about politics, and decried comments by Republicans who wonder how the jobs bill might affect the 2012 elections. Obama said the next election is 14 months away.
"The American people don't have the luxury of waiting 14 months," Obama said. "Folks are living week to week, paycheck to paycheck."