U.S. President Barack Obama called for Republicans to support his proposed tax breaks for businesses and $50 billion in spending to improve roads, airports and railroads, saying many of the ideas were backed by Republicans in the past. Speaking to a rally in Parma, Ohio, he urged Republicans to allow a swift vote in the Senate on a bill for small-business lending. Obama said Republicans helped write the legislation, which the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed.

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