By Kara Rowland and Stephen Dinan
The Washington Times
WASHINGTON, DC — Though he didn't call it a second stimulus, President Obama this weekend asked Congress to pass legislation that amounts to much the same thing: extending some of the first stimulus bill's programs and adding some of the White House's new priorities such as small-business lending and a tax on big banks.
Five months from congressional elections and with the job picture still gloomy, Mr. Obama said the country is "at a critical juncture" economically. He asked lawmakers to pass a bill that would fund state and local government jobs and encourage small businesses to hire.
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