Washington: US President Barack Obama on Saturday asked the Congress to pass the American Jobs Act without delay so that businesses would be able to hire more workers brightening employment prospects of hundreds of thousands of young people in the country.
"Time for action is now. No more games or gridlock. No more division or delay. It's time for the people you sent to Washington to put country before party – to stop worrying so much about their jobs and start worrying more about yours," Obama told the nation during his weekly radio address.
"Right now, we've got to get Congress to pass this jobs bill. Everything in the American Jobs Act is the kind of idea that's been supported by Democrats and Republicans before. If they're ideas you agree with, too, every one of you can help make it happen by telling your Congressperson to pass this jobs bill right away," he said.
On Monday, Obama said, he will lay out his plan for how the US will do that – how the Government will pay for this plan and pay down its debt by following some basic principles.
"I've spent some time lately traveling the country and talking with folks outside of Washington. And the number one issue for the people I meet is how we can get back to a place where we're creating good, middle-class jobs that pay well and offer some security," he said.
"That's the idea behind the American Jobs Act. It's a jobs bill that does two simple things: put more people back to work, and more money back in the pockets of people who are working. This jobs bill puts construction workers back to work rebuilding our roads and bridges and modernising our schools," Obama said.
This jobs bill puts teachers back in the classroom and keeps cops and firefighters on streets, he said. "This jobs bill gives tax credits to companies that hire our veterans, because if you sign up to fight for our country, the last thing you should have to do is fight for a job when you come home."
"This jobs bill connects the long-term unemployed to temporary work to keep their skills sharp while they look for a job, and it gives hundreds of thousands of young people the hope of a job next summer," he said.
The jobs bill cuts taxes for every small business owner in America, Obama said. "It cuts them even more for small business owners that hire new workers and raise workers' salaries. And it cuts taxes for every working family in America so that you'll have more money in your pockets, and businesses know they'll have customers to buy what they sell."