September 8, 2011 With the nation facing the specter of a renewed recession and Washington virtually paralyzed by partisan gridlock, President Obama sought to pressure GOP lawmakers in his speech to a joint session of Congress. He dared the Republican-led House to block his proposals for a new stimulus of targeted tax cuts and spending.
September 8, 2011 National Journal provides more evidence of the long odds President Obama faces in trying to get his jobs proposals through Congress. Many inside the Beltway Republicans polled by the news outlet say jobs legislation just isn't a priority for them.
September 8, 2011 When making the case for his job policies, the president talks a lot about worker retraining, infrastructure spending, innovation and exports. His guests offer some real-world examples for Obama to cite.
September 8, 2011 The key elements of President Obama's jobs plan have been widely known for days. The package, with an estimated cost of $300 billion, will feature proposed spending on infrastructure projects, an extension of the payroll tax holiday and tax cuts for employers who hire new workers. All of which sounds like what the Lawrence Summers, formerly Obama's top economist, recommends.
September 8, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, employers talk about what would make them start hiring again. In the second hour, the future of the NFL, and the TOTN freshman reads series continues with author Jared Diamond.
September 2, 2011 The August employment report, due for release at 8:30 a.m. ET, is expected to show that the jobless rate stayed at 9.1 percent and that fewer jobs were added to payrolls than in July.
September 1, 2011 When President Obama unveils his jobs plan to Congress next week, he'll have to balance his desire for spending on programs that might stimulate the economy against the nation's current appetite for cost-cutting. We examine the pros, cons and politics of six proposals that might make Obama's list.
August 31, 2011 "It is my intention to lay out a series of bipartisan proposals that the Congress can take immediately," the president says in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Obama asked to speak on Wednesday. Boehner suggests Thursday instead.
August 3, 2011 What Washington was worried about and what many Americans have been worrying about has seemed out of synch in recent weeks.The fiery Washington debate was about the debt-ceiling, while the concerns of millions of Americans was about jobs, either finding or keeping one.For Democrats, the debt ceiling debate was a distraction from the jobs message they view as key to their re-election efforts.
July 8, 2011 "The economic challenges that we face weren't created over night and they're not going to be solved over night," Obama said. "I'm ready to roll up my sleeves" as are lawmakers in both parties, he added.
July 8, 2011 Word that just 18,000 jobs were added to payrolls last month and that the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent from 9.1 percent in May has opened the door for more questions from Republicans about President Obama's economic policies.