Obama and the Vacant Commerce Sec. Seat

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Congress is hoping to send the $790 billion stimulus package to President Obama's desk as soon as this weekend.

Friday morning, Obama said it should save or create more than 3.5 million jobs.

"Not just any jobs, but jobs doing the work America needs done," he claimed. "Repairing our infrastructure, modernizing our schools and our hospitals, promoting the clean alternative energy sources that will help us finally declare our independence from foreign oil."

Many Republican lawmakers still oppose the stimulus plan, saying it's stuffed with pork and over-spending.

Another piece of the economic recovery puzzle is naming a new commerce secretary.

Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew his name for the position in January and Republican Sen. Judd Gregg also just yesterday.

CBN News White House Correspondent David Brody has more on the vacant cabinet seat and its impact on the Obama administration.

Click play for his comments.

*Originally aired February 13, 2009

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