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 BoehnerClinton maps out first 100 days The Hill's 12:30 Report Boehner on Cruz: 'Lucifer is back' MORE (R-Ohio).
"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 AlexanderLamar AlexanderGOP senators to donors: Stick with us regardless of Trump Overnight Healthcare: Mysterious new Zika case | Mental health bill in doubt | Teletraining to fight opioids Hopes dim for mental health deal 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 PaulRand PaulWhat to watch for on Day 2 at the GOP convention Cyber squatters sitting on valuable VP web addresses Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention MORE (R-Ky.) on the issue of charter schools.
An aide to Sen. Bob CorkerBob CorkerTrump starts considering Cabinet Trump's secret weapon is Ivanka Senate Dems introduce Iran sanctions extension MORE (R-Tenn.) told the paper that Corker is busy in Washington with various committee hearings and possible votes.