WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is joining with teachers this morning to urge the House to pass legislation that would help keep 160,000 of them on the job.
At a Rose Garden ceremony, Obama is also expected to highlight the help the bills would give to states facing severe budget problems.
House Democrats are convening an emergency session today to pass the bill.
The one-day session also may address another issue that will be on voters' minds this November - lax border security - with passage of a $600 million bill to increase surveillance along the U.S.-Mexican border.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took the unusual step of summoning representatives back to Washington because the Senate passed both the $26 billion jobs bill and the border security bill Thursday after the House had departed for its six-week summer break.