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Sep 7, 2010 8:28 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

GOP attacks Obama jobs program

GOP leaders are blasting President Barack Obama's long-term jobs proposal, saying the $50 billion plan would only raise federal spending that's already in excess.

Obama unveiled the plan Monday at a Labor Day speech in Milwaukee, proposing the billions be spent on roads, railways and runways.

Administration officials say even if Congress were to quickly approve the program, it wouldn't produce jobs until sometime next year.

But in addition to Republican opposition, many congressional Democrats are unlikely to want to boost spending and increase federal deficits just weeks before elections that'll determine control of Congress.

Obama says Republicans are betting that between now and the Nov. 2 elections, Americans will forget the Republican economic policies that led to the recession.

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