Obama to pitch jobs plan tonight; watch live on NBC12

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT, AP) - A top aide to President Barack Obama says it's time for Congress to take action to create jobs.

White House chief of staff Bill Daley says that in the president's speech to lawmakers Thursday evening at 7 p.m., he will propose innovative ideas for growing the economy. He says the American people are demanding that something be done to address persistent unemployment.

Daley says that with Congress' summer break over, lawmakers must "do something and not say no to everything."

Daley said the president's American Job Act will be formally introduced next week. He didn't reveal its details, but said its initiatives would be paid for - and he hinted it would include higher revenue from wealthier people.

The President will present an economic plan aimed at creating jobs and forcing republicans to own the problem with him.

Obama is likely to offer at least a $300 billion package that includes tax relief and spending. And he will promise a plan to pay for it all.

Meanwhile, preparations contnue for Obama's visit to Richmond Friday.

Tickets will be given out starting at 3 p.m. today at the Modlin Center on the campus of University of Richmond.

On the day of event, the doors of the Robins Center will open at 8:30 a.m. for people who were able to secure a ticket.

The university will provide "park and ride" shuttle service.  It starts at 6:30 a.m. You can catch the bus at both City Stadium on Maplewood Avenue and UR Downtown Campus, east Broad Street.

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