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President Obama meets with Google Science Fair winners, from left, Naomi Shah, Shree Bose, and Lauren Hodge in the Oval office Monday.
October 6th, 2011
05:04 PM ET
October 6th, 2011
12:33 PM ET

Obama: Jobs bill must pass to protect U.S. economy

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama urged Congress to act on his jobs plan Thursday, saying it was needed to put America's economy back on track and help those who are suffering as a result of the long downturn.

Any senator who is "thinking of voting" against the jobs bill next week "needs to explain" why he or she would oppose something that would help U.S. families and businesses, he said at a White House news conference.

"There are too many people hurting right now for us to do nothing," he said, insisting that politics should not get in the way of helping the American people.

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Topics: President Obama
October 6th, 2011
07:45 AM ET

POTUS' Day Ahead: Using the bully-pulpit

President Obama is taking to the bully-pulpit Thursday, holding his first press conference in over a month where he is expected to put the heat on Washington to pass his jobs bill.

Full schedule after the jump:
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