President Obama is proposing spending $105 billion on public works projects as part of his package to spur job growth.
He is also recommending that congress renew nearly $50 billion in unemployment benefits for about 6 million people at risk of losing their jobless insurance.
“We are tougher than the times that we live in,” said Obama, “and we are bigger than our politics have been.”
Mississippi Republican Senator Roger Wicker contends that Obama’s job plan will not bolster the economy.
“An entire reversal of the President’s program is actually what is necessary to create jobs,” said Wicker in a video release following the address.
Obama spoke in front of a joint session of Congress Thursday night.