[Video] Congress must act on 'to-do' list, reiterates Obama in weekly address

Sunday, May 13, 2012
Washington: In this week’s address, President Obama called on Democrats and Republicans to come together and act on his Congressional “to-do list,” which will create jobs and help restore middle class security.

“I’ve been pushing Congress to help us get there by passing a few common-sense policies that would make a difference.  Democrats and Republicans have already done some important work together – from passing tax cuts for workers, to opening up new markets for American products, to reforming our patent system.  But now we need to do more,” Obama said while addressing the nation.

He added, “That’s why we made Congress a handy “To-Do” list.  It’s short, but each of the ideas on this list will help create jobs and build a stronger economy right now.”

#The List:
  • First, Congress should stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas, and use that money to cover moving expenses for companies that bring jobs back to America.
  • Second, Congress should help the millions of Americans who have worked hard and made their mortgage payments on time refinance their mortgages at lower rates and save at least $3,000 a year. 
  • Third, Congress should help small business owners by giving them a tax break for hiring more workers and paying them higher wages.
  • Fourth, if Congress fails to act soon, clean energy companies will see their taxes go up and could be forced to lay off employees.  These companies are putting Americans to work and helping break our dependence on foreign oil.  Congress should extend these tax credits. 
  • And finally, Congress should help veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan by creating a Veterans Job Corps.
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