North Carolina Bus Tour: Obama Seeks Action On Jobs Bill Pieces This Week

President Obama says congressional Republicans are saying no to the American people by blocking his jobs plan.

Obama kicked off a three-day bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia on Monday by calling on Congress to follow up last week's Senate vote shelving the plan by acting on individual pieces of it.

Obama noted a recent survey showing public backing for the plan.

White House officials expect Obama's $35 billion proposal to prevent layoffs of firefighters, teachers and police will be the first piece that Democrats try to get the Senate to pass.

At the Asheville, N.C., airport, Obama also noted that his $50 million infrastructure plan would help fund work to rebuild a runway and taxiway that are too close together.

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President Barack Obama is returning to North Carolina to try and sell Americans on his plan to reduce unemployment and get the sluggish economy moving.

Obama is scheduled to start his tour in Asheville Monday morning, followed by a trip to West Wilkes High School in Millers Creek.

On Tuesday, he'll be in Jamestown before the tour takes him to Virginia.

Obama is promoting the American Jobs Act and wants to talk with people about the state of the economy.

The North Carolina Republican Party has called the tour a campaign stunt paid for with tax dollars.

Obama won North Carolina and Virginia in 2008, and both states are important to his re-election strategy. This marks his third visit to North Carolina since June.


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