President Barack Obama pressed for passage of his jobs bill, promising a boost in the economy in exchange for higher taxes on the wealthy.

“Right now, Congress can pass a set of common-sense jobs proposals that independent economists tell us will boost the economy right away,” he said in his weekly Internet address on Saturday. “Proposals that will put more teachers, veterans, construction workers and first responders back on the job. Proposals that will cut taxes for virtually every middle class family and small business in America. These are the same kinds of proposals that both Democrats and Republicans have supported in the past. And they should stop playing politics and act on them now.”

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