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Obama Will Seek Congressional Votes on Jobs Plan This Month

October 03, 2011

(Updates with comments by Obama in third and fourth paragraphs.)

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama said he would talk to the Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress and ask for votes on his jobs plan before the end of the month.

“Pass it,” Obama said during a Cabinet meeting today at the White House. “Get it to my desk.”

The president, speaking to reporters at the beginning of the meeting, said he will be “insisting that we have a vote” on his $447 billion proposal when he talks with the bipartisan leadership of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Obama said of Republicans: “If there are aspects of the bill that they don’t like, they should tell us what it is that they’re not willing to go for.”

Since announcing the plan on Sept. 8, Obama has hit the road to promote his proposal, which calls for payroll tax cuts, hiring incentives for small businesses and spending to keep teachers employed and repair roads and bridges.

--Editors: Bob Drummond, Leslie Hoffecker

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