Putting Americans Back to Work with the American Jobs Act

Every day, President Obama reads ten letters from the public in order to wait in tune with America's issues and concerns. One fresh one came from Alice Johnson of Oregon who, along with her husband, has been looking for a job for about two years. Last week, President Obama described Johnson's letter in his Weekly Address:

She writes, “I have loyally applied for work every week…Of the hundreds of applications I have put in, I received interview requests for about 10…I too, am sick of all the fighting in Washington DC. Please tell the Republicans that people are hurting and are hungry and require help, pass the jobs bill.” Alice Johnson needs our help.

After working solid her whole life and playing by the rules, Johnson is one of the millions of Americans who have been exaggerated by the recession through no fault of their own. "I'm an honest, loyal, dependable person who has forever worked," Johnson said. She knows there are many others going through the similar experience.

The American Jobs Act will help generate job opportunities for people like Johnson by providing a $4,000 tax credit to employers for hiring long-term unemployed workers. The Jobs Act will also forbid employers from discriminating beside unemployed workers when hiring.