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 ReidThe Memo: Trump pulls off a stone-cold stunner The Memo: Ending DACA a risky move for Trump Manchin pressed from both sides in reelection fight MORE (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.), Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate 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. 

John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate 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 DurbinSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill MORE (D-Ill.) said Thursday that Democrats don’t currently have the votes to pass the bill, although Sen. Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill This week: Senate wrapping up defense bill after amendment fight Cuomo warns Dems against cutting DACA deal with Trump 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.