Getting Down to Work

President-elect Obama came to Capitol Hill on Monday to meet with congressional leaders about his economic recovery plan. Obama sat down with Senate Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "The reason we are here today is because the peoples' business can't wait," said Obama. Outside the Capitol, construction workers put finishing touches on the platform where in two weeks Obama will be inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States. "We have an extraordinary economic challeng

President-elect Obama came to Capitol Hill on Monday to meet with congressional leaders about his economic recovery plan. Obama sat down with Senate Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "The reason we are here today is because the peoples' business can't wait," said Obama. Outside the Capitol, construction workers put finishing touches on the platform where in two weeks Obama will be inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States. "We have an extraordinary economic challenge ahead of us." Obama described the economy as "bad and getting worse."

The president elect told reporters "we have to act now" in order to break what he called the "momentum of this recession." An economic stimulus package, Obama said, is Obama's "No. 1 goal." He hopes to create 3 million new jobs and provide $300 billion worth of tax cuts.

Meanwhile, the Senate geared up for a fast start in the new year with confirmation hearings set this week on nominees Obama has designated to serve in his Cabinet. Senator Bernie Sanders met Monday with former Senator Thomas Daschle, Obama's choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Sanders is set to meet later in the week with Representative Hilda Solis, the Labor Department nominee. Sanders is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.