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(USA TODAY) -- President Obama hits the road again Tuesday for another in a series
of middle-class speeches, and a new offer to congressional Republicans.
a trip to Chattanooga, Tenn., Obama will propose a cut in corporate tax
rates -- a priority for the Republicans -- in exchange for new jobs programs, a prime White House objective.
president will call on Washington to work on a grand bargain focused on
middle-class jobs by pairing reform of the business tax code with a
significant investment in middle class jobs," said a statement from
Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer.
at grand bargains have fallen through. That includes efforts by Obama
and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to strike a major debt cutting
deal that included both budget cuts and higher taxes on the wealthy.
Republicans questioned the value of the latest proposed bargain, saying
that Obama has backed corporate tax reform in the past, while
Republicans also want to help families and businesses. Republicans also
want to pair corporate and personal tax changes so that most people can
take advantage of lower rates.
allows President Obama to support President Obama's position on taxes
and President Obama's position on spending, while leaving small
businesses and American families behind," said Boehner spokesman Michael
During his Tuesday trip to
Chattanooga, Obama will tour an Amazon shipping facility and speak on
what the White House calls "a better bargain for the middle class."
The speech "will focus on proposals to jump-start private sector job growth and strengthen the manufacturing sector," the White House said.
is expected to make one specific offer to congressional Republicans: A
cut in corporate tax rates in exchange for new investments in jobs
It's the latest in a string of economic speeches that Obama began last week.
The president returns to the White House late Tuesday afternoon for a meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.