Democratic lawmakers and the Obama administration are scrambling to put together a job-creation program to deal with relentless increase in U.S. unemployment. Congressional leaders hope to get the bill passed and ready for President Barack Obama's signature as soon as January. The package could cost tens of billions of dollars, congressional aides said. Democratic House members who wanted a bigger stimulus than Obama requested said they are ready to push hard for more money this time. "We have to create jobs, and we have to create them right away," said Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.

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