By Sam Youngman - 09/12/11 03:30 PM EDT
President Obama on Monday produced a hard copy of the jobs bill he is sending to Congress, holding it up in a Rose Garden event and challenging lawmakers to put politics aside and pass the measure.
The president, flanked by first responders, teachers and construction workers, chastised Congress, pushing his strategy of intensifying the pressure on Republicans to put them on defense and rally support for his $447 billion bill.
"I'm sending this bill to Congress today, and they ought to pass it immediately," Obama said.
Obama stressed that his plan will be paid for despite the skepticism of many and the as-yet-unveiled way he plans to pay for it.
In the Rose Garden, the president said he would unveil his plan next week "not only to pay for this jobs plan, but also to reduce the deficit further."
"Instead of just talking about America's jobs creators, let's actually do something for America's jobs creators," Obama said.
Zeroing in on the politics that he said are crippling Washington at a time of national crisis, Obama said he and Vice President Biden read in a "Washington paper" that at least one Republican would vote against the jobs bill in an effort to deny the White House a victory with Obama's reelection on the horizon.
"I mean, that's the attitude in this town," Obama said.
He added: "These aren't games we're playing out here. Folks are out of work."
The president will continue to travel across the country this week, selling his plan in the battleground states of North Carolina and Ohio.
"Let's get something done," Obama said. "Let's put this country back to work."