Aside from the controversial comments made by New York Times Columnist Paul Krugman, Sunday saw a pause in the heated and contentious political dialogue and debate that has narrated politics over the last few months. A return to a time ten years ago, when the nation united in our defense of liberty after an attack from the very real and evil enemy.
Politics, however, is set to come back into the frame of Washington Monday, when President Barack Obama will send Congress his new $447 billion jobs bill and speak in the Rose Garden to call for swift passage, according to a White House official.
“He will call on Congress to pass the bill, which contains the kinds of proposals to grow the economy and create jobs that have been supported by both parties in the past,” an official told POLITICO.
The centerpiece of the plan is lower Social Security payroll taxes for individuals and businesses. There's also new spending to hire teachers and rebuild schools, among other things.
Teachers, police officers, firefighters and others will join the president in the Rose Garden to call for passage, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the president's remarks.
The bill's text is set to come Monday night, following the request to the President made by House Republican leaders Friday afternoon asking for legislative text of the plan laid out during the President's speech on Thursday. POLITICO:
“'The House and our committees will immediately begin the process of reviewing and considering your proposals,' they said. 'We will examine the impact of your proposals on both short and long term economic growth and we will identify modifications and additional ideas that could achieve economic and job growth in a manner that may be more impactful or effective.'"
Obama is also preparing to travel the country to build public support for the package he unveiled last week. He'll visit Ohio Tuesday and North Carolina Wednesday to ask voters to pressure lawmakers to pass the bill.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.