By Sam Youngman - 06/25/09 02:25 PM EDT
The bill, which Republicans have blasted as an enormous tax hike for consumers, will come down to "a close vote," Obama said, because of the "misinformation" surrounding the legislation.
"I can't stress enough the importance of this vote," Obama said.
In defending the cost to consumers, Obama dismissed the increase as being the price of "a postage stamp" every day.
Obama said it is imperative to pass the bill to put the U.S. on track to lead the world in clean-energy production, wean the country off its dependence on foreign oil and create 21st-century jobs.
"Make no mistake: This is a jobs bill," the president said.
He added: "This legislation will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy."
In a direct plea to undecided lawmakers, the president pressed them to pass the bill to move the country to a new clean-energy economy.
"We cannot be afraid of the future," he said. "We cannot be prisoners of the past."