Listen Live

Citing a “national emergency,” President Obama is keeping the pressure on Congress to pass his new jobs plan. Speaking at North Carolina State University, the President said the American Jobs Act will help small businesses and will put Americans back to work. Obama argued that many jobs can be quickly created rebuilding crumbling schools, rails, roads, bridges and airports. Obama said the measure will also help preserve the jobs of many teachers, cops and firefighters who face layoffs in the sour economy.

The President sent his roughly 450-billion dollar bill to Congress Monday and it got a rude reception from Republican leaders. House Speaker John Boehner [[ BAY-nur ]] and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell accused Obama of aiming to pay for the measure with tax hikes. The North Carolina trek followed visits to Virginia and Ohio. All three are key swing states which Obama won in 2008.