CINCINNATI (AP) — President Barack Obama is directly challenging House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass his $447 billion jobs bill.
Obama is speaking in front of an outdated bridge that links Ohio and Kentucky, Boehner and McConnell’s home states. The president is calling on the Republican leaders to “help us rebuild this bridge.”
The president says his jobs bill will fund public works projects and speed up repairs to crumbling bridges and roads.
McConnell and Boehner both support a planned reconstruction of the bridge and are dismissing Obama’s visit as a ploy.