In a surprise news conference today, President Barack Obama blamed Congress for keeping Americans out of work and the overall slow pace of the economic recovery.
The President claims that by failing to pass the entirety of his jobs bill last fall Congress is letting the fragile economic recovery sputter to a halt. He told reporters today that in light of the "headwinds" the country is facing from the European debt crisis, the only thing Congress can do to help the economy is pass the remaining $297 billion in government assistance in his tabled bill.
But will more spending help the economy? We break it down.