BROOKLYN - Speaking last night to a joint session of congress, President Barack Obama told members to take his jobs bill seriously and do what they were sent to Washington to do - work for Americans. Whether they do it or not, he says he's taking his message right to the American people.

"Regardless of the arguments we've had in the past, regardless of the arguments we'll have in the future, this plan is the right thing to do right now," the president said.

The president is pushing his jobs bill to combat an economy in recession and a 9.1 percent unemployment rate. He offered new ways to get Americans back to work and handed out bi-partisan solutions.

But the main point he seemed to be driving home to congress is that it needs to pass the jobs bill now.