Obama exhorts members of Congress to back tax deal

JIM KUHNHENN - Associated Press
President Barack Obama makes a statement regarding the ongoing tax deal negotiation with Congress, during his meeting with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, in Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec., 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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President Barack Obama makes a statement regarding the ongoing tax deal negotiation with Congress, during his meeting with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, in Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec., 8, 2010.

President Barack Obama says economists predict higher job growth in 2011 and 2012 if Congress passes tax deal he negotiated with Republicans.

He's urging lawmakers to examine the details of the deal and "get this done."

The agreement would extend expiring Bush-era tax rates to all taxpayers for two years. The deal avoids a tax increase next year. It also includes a 13-month extension of jobless benefits and a one-year cut in payroll taxes.

Democrats have objected to the deal. Republicans have praised it.

Obama says: "The American people are watching"

His remarks came after he met with visiting Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski in the Oval Office.