Frustrated Obama Challenges GOP on Jobs Bill

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President Barack Obama boldly challenged GOP lawmakers to pass his jobs bill, warning them that the more they delay, the more their jobs are in jeopardy.

Speaking at a press conference Thursday, Obama endorsed a new proposal by Sen. Harry Reid.

The measure pays for the president's plan by raising taxes on millionaires instead of Americans earning $250,000.

"This is not a game," Obama said.

"Each time, what we have seen is games playing," he later added. "I am always open to negotiations. What is also true is they need to do something."

President Obama said his $447 billion plan would help the economy grow by 2 percent and create nearly 2 million jobs.

Obama warned there will be political consequences for members of Congress who don't support his plan.

"If Congress does nothing, then it's not a matter of me running against them. I think the American people will run them out of town because they are frustrated and they know we need to do something big," he charged.

"If it turns out that there are Republicans who are opposed to this bill, they need to explain to me, but more importantly to their constituents - who's the American people, why they're opposed and what would they do," Obama said.

Speaking at an event in Washington at the same time, House Speaker John Boehner said nothing has disappointed him more than watching, "The president give up on leading and governing" to "focus on campaigning."

The Senate is expected to vote on the president's plan next week.

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