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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 Mason ReidWATCH: There is no Trump-Russia collusion and the media should stop pushing this The demise of debate in Congress ‘North by Northwest,’ the Carter Page remake MORE (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure MORE (R-Ky.), Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRestoring fiscal sanity requires bipartisan courage GOP congressman slams primary rival for Ryan donations Speculation swirls about Kevin McCarthy’s future 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 BoehnerRestoring fiscal sanity requires bipartisan courage GOP congressman slams primary rival for Ryan donations Speculation swirls about Kevin McCarthy’s future 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 DurbinAmerica’s waning commitment to the promise of the First Amendment Senate rejects Trump immigration plan What to watch for in the Senate immigration votes MORE (D-Ill.) said Thursday that Democrats don’t currently have the votes to pass the bill, although Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats now attack internet rules they once embraced Schumer: Trump budget would ‘cripple’ gun background checks Schumer: Senate Republicans' silence 'deafening' on guns, Russia 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.