Obama wants vote on jobs bill this month

President Obama said Monday that he wants to see Congress vote on the American Jobs Act by the end of the month.

In remarks to reporters before a Cabinet meeting, Obama said he will be speaking with Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama MORE (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.), Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJohn Feehery: A political forest fire Trump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery MORE (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and "insisting we have a vote on this bill."

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The president said he will continue to pressure his own administration to find ways to stimulate the economy and put people back to work, but "ultimately, we still have to have congressional action."

Senior administration officials said earlier Monday that Obama will make his push for the jobs act his top priority for the rest of the year.

The $447 billion jobs package contains new spending for infrastructure, an expanded payroll tax cut and additional funding for unemployment benefits. Obama has called for tax increases on the wealthy to help offset the cost of the plan.

The legislation has spurred opposition from Republicans and some Democrats. 

BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJohn Feehery: A political forest fire Trump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery MORE said Obama's jobs bill is “a poor substitute for the pro-growth policies that are needed to remove barriers to job creation in America.” Republicans are pushing an alternative jobs agenda focused on reducing red tape, cutting taxes and reducing government spending. 

Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats turn on Al Franken Minnesota's largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday MORE (D-Ill.) said Thursday that Democrats don’t currently have the votes to pass the bill, although Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerAmerica isn't ready to let Sessions off his leash Schumer celebrates New York Giants firing head coach: ‘About time’ GOP should reject the left's pessimism and the deficit trigger MORE of New York, the top Democrat in charge of messaging, said it was "premature" to say whether there were enough votes.

The president has tried to rally public support for the jobs plan with road trips to states like Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina — battlegrounds in the 2012 election.

—Updated at 12:20 p.m.