Obama tells Congress to pass $447 bn jobs plan
US President Barack Obama has told Republicans to halt a "political circus" and immediately pass a $447 billion jobs plan to jolt the stalled economy and cheer a disillusioned nation."These are difficult years for our country. But we are Americans. We are tougher than the times that we live in, and we are bigger than our politics have been," Obama said late Thursday in a speech to a polarized Congress.