President Obama at Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center in Pittsburgh, June 2011: …
"In early September, we will put forward proposals for jobs-creating ideas and economic growth ideas," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday morning on MSNBC.
Among the ideas Obama will push: tax cuts and new infrastructure spending, both designed to spur hiring. The administration has talked up both ideas in recent weeks. But whether Republicans in Congress will support the measures remains to be seen.
Obama will also propose a separate plan to cut the deficit by more than the $1.4 trillion mandate of the "super commission" created this month by Congress. That plan will be modeled in part on the "grand bargain" that the president and Speaker of the House John Boehner nearly struck in July, before Boehner rejected the deal amid dissent within his caucus.
On Monday, during a visit to Iowa, President Obama called on Congress to renew two existing measures--extended unemployment insurance, and the payroll tax cut for workers--that are set to expire at the end of the year.
Earlier this month, Carney told reporters that the administration would renew its focus on the economy, but acknowledged that "there is no magic bullet that lowers our unemployment rate to where it would be ideally."
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- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney