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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - President Barack Obama visited a Boeing plant in Washington state where he watched some of the massive 787s under assembly, Obama pushed for Congress to continue financing a national export credit agency crucial to a goal of doubling exports by 2014.
He pointed to the aviation giant as a homegrown company bolstering the U.S. economy by doing business overseas as he sought to make the case that the nation's economy is on the rise.
"The tide is turning. The tide is beginning to turn our way, Here at Boeing, business is booming. Last year, orders for commercial aircrafts rose by more than 50 percent. And to meet that demand, Boeing hired 13,000 workers all across America, including 5,000 right here in Everett," said the President.
"You're the most productive on earth. You can compete with anybody. You will outwork anybody," Obama told the assembled workers. "As long as the playing field is level, you can compete with any worker, anywhere, anytime, in China, in Europe, it does not matter. If we have a level playing field, America will always win, because we have the best workers."
The president announced steps to offer financing to U.S. companies to match help their foreign competitors get, with the goal of helping American industries compete.
Shortly before Obama's arrival, the Senate approved legislation to renew a payroll tax cut for 160 million American workers and jobless benefits for millions more, sending key parts of Obama's jobs bill to his desk. The president said he would sign it "right away when I get home."
"It is amazing what happens when Congress focuses on doing the right thing instead of just playing politics," said Obama. "This was a good example, and Congress should take pride in it."