Guest blog post by Dr. Rebecca Blank , Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
First thing this morning, I’ll be on a plane to Cincinnati to join Mayor Mark Mallory for a visit to Graeter’s Ice Cream , a locally and family owned ice cream company founded in 1870. At Graeter’s, I'll explain the details of President Obama’s American Jobs Act , specifically how it will spur economic growth and accelerate job creation.
After my tour (and hopefully a sample or two of that ice cream), I will host a White House Business Council roundtable discussion with local business leaders to discuss the jobs plan in further detail, challenges facing America’s business community, ways to improve U.S. economic competitiveness and the help that is available to businesses from agencies across the federal government.
Before the end of the day, I’ll be sitting down with the editorial board of the Cincinnati Enquirer  to answer all their questions about President Obama’s jobs plan.
The American Jobs Act  is a set of ideas that have been supported by both Democrats AND Republicans that needs to be passed right away. This plan will put more people back to work and more money in the pockets of working Americans. As the folks in Cincinnati will attest, Americans are working hard each and every day to meet their responsibilities. The only question now is whether Washington will meet its responsibilities. The time for obstruction and gridlock is over. Congress needs to pass the American Jobs Act.
UPDATE: Read Acting Secretary Blank's remarks