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 BoehnerAn anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB Boehner endorses DeVos for Education secretary Trump, House GOP could clash over 'Buy America' 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 AlexanderOvernight Healthcare: CBO projects 18M could lose coverage after ObamaCare repeal Dems demand second hearing for Trump's Education nominee Health pick’s trades put STOCK Act in spotlight 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 PaulGOP senators introducing ObamaCare replacement Monday Sanders, Dems defend ObamaCare at Michigan rally Paul: Medicaid expansion 'the big question' MORE (R-Ky.) on the issue of charter schools.
An aide to Sen. Bob CorkerBob CorkerSchumer puts GOP on notice over ObamaCare repeal Will Rubio vote for Tillerson? Senators wrestle with whether to back Tillerson MORE (R-Tenn.) told the paper that Corker is busy in Washington with various committee hearings and possible votes.