State Of The Union: "Jobs Top Priority"

President Barack Obama has told Congress he wants another jobs bill, a tax credit for small business, and $30 billion dollars funneled to community banks so they can extend credit to small business.

In his State of the Union address, Obama said jobs will be his top priority this year.

President Barack Obama says it's time for Congress to do what cash-strapped families do when times are tough. He's urging a three-year freeze on most domestic spending, beginning next year. Spending on national security, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security would be exempt.

The president is repeating that he wants America's combat troops out of Iraq by the end of August. He says the U.S. will support Iraq's government and people as they work toward peace and prosperity. As for Afghanistan, Obama says difficult days are ahead, but he's confident of success.

President Obama is imploring lawmakers not to abandon his health care overhaul, and he's also taking part of the blame for its near collapse.

In his State of the Union address, the president urged Democrats and Republicans to let temperatures cool and take another look at the legislation that passed the House and Senate last year. Obama said his administration and Congress have gotten closer than ever to insuring millions more.

The legislation is stalled in Congress after Democrats lost a Massachusetts Senate seat last week and their filibuster-proof majority.

Obama said: "Do not walk away from reform. Not now. Not when we are so close. Let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the American people."


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