Obama pushes jobs bill in Pittsburgh

(AP) - President Barack Obama is pressing for passageof his full $447 billion jobs package in the face of certaincongressional defeat while embracing more modest administrativeremedies to the nation's sluggish economy and unwaveringly highunemployment.

Continuing his personal campaign for the legislation, Obama went to Pittsburgh today, making a plea for support in astate crucial to his re-election hopes. At the same time, theSenate was scheduled to vote on whether to proceed to thelegislation - a step that would require a 60-vote supermajoritythat was beyond reach.

Eager to demonstrate that his administration was neverthelesstaking steps to ease the economic crunch, Obama joined hispresidential jobs council of corporate and labor leaders inPittsburgh as they unveiled a report calling for sweeping andurgent changes in government policies. The White House also wasannouncing steps to speed up environmental and other regulatoryapprovals for 14 public works projects across the country.

Another provision in Obama's jobs bill would ban companies with 15 or more employees from refusing to consider - or offer a job to - someone who is unemployed. The measure also applies to employment agencies and would prohibit want ads that disqualify applicants just because they are unemployed.

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