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Obama prods Congress to move quickly on jobs bill

By Erica Werner

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 13 2011 12:51 p.m. MDT

President Barack Obama tours classrooms at Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, Sept., 13, 2011.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — President Barack Obama is challenging Congress to pass his jobs bill immediately, asking lawmakers, "What on earth are we waiting for?"

Speaking at a school in House Speaker John Boehner's home state of Ohio, Obama is highlighting one element of the jobs plan that would devote $25 billion of new spending to school construction and modernization.

Obama says the school renovation plan would put tens of thousands of construction workers in Ohio back to work.

The president sent his $447 billion jobs bill to Congress on Monday.

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