Obama is expected to use his visit to the mostly Republican state to propose a cut in corporate tax rates. But he will also propose pairing that tax cut with new federal jobs programs.

Republicans have indicated they can't agree to Obama's proposal because it ignores individual income tax rates.

"This proposal allows President Obama to support President Obama's position on taxes and President Obama's position on spending, while leaving small businesses and American families behind," said Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRestoring fiscal sanity requires bipartisan courage GOP congressman slams primary rival for Ryan donations Speculation swirls about Kevin McCarthy’s future MORE (R-Ohio).

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Black predicted that Obama's remarks would ignore the effects that the 2010 healthcare law are having on economic growth. She also said Obama could approve the Keystone pipeline and stop pursuing heavy regulatory burdens if he wanted to see job growth.

"The facts speak for themselves: since President Obama was elected, two Americans have gone on food stamps for every one that has found work," she said. "This is unacceptable and why the president needs to park Air Force One and start working with Congress to pursue policies that will help rather than hurt the American people."

A Tuesday report in The Tennessean said Republicans are not expected to attend Obama's speech today. Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOvernight Health Care: Trump health chief backs CDC research on gun violence | GOP negotiators meet on ObamaCare market fix | Groups sue over cuts to teen pregnancy program GOP negotiators meet on ObamaCare market fix 30 million people will experience eating disorders — the CDC needs to help MORE (R-Tenn.) told the paper that he wants to hear Obama explain how companies can create jobs "and at the same time pay all the additional costs imposed by the president's healthcare law."

Alexander is scheduled to hold a meeting in Nashville today with Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulDem wins Kentucky state House seat in district Trump won by 49 points GOP's tax reform bait-and-switch will widen inequality Pentagon budget euphoria could be short-lived MORE (R-Ky.) on the issue of charter schools.

An aide to Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCongress punts fight over Dreamers to March Drama surrounding Shulkin — what is the future of VA health care? Blackburn pushes back on potential Corker bid: 'I'm going to win' MORE (R-Tenn.) told the paper that Corker is busy in Washington with various committee hearings and possible votes.