In his weekly radio and internet address, Obama says Congress could pass legislation to help states prevent more layoffs, put construction workers on the job and help small-business owners hire workers.
His remarks follow the latest jobs report showing only 69 000 jobs were added in May. Unemployment increased to 8.2%.
Republican Sen John Cornyn of Texas says Democrats are promoting “gimmicks” and unless Congress and Obama act, Americans will deal with a tax increase of nearly $500bn. He says the tax increase could push the US back into recession.- AP