The weather outside wasn’t the only storm enveloping Capitol Hill on Thursday night. Inside the House chamber, a confrontational President Barack Obama presented his $450 billion American Jobs Act to a joint session of Congress.

He caught lawmakers off guard by announcing his intent to release a plan to reduce the deficit on September 19.

“There should be nothing controversial about this piece of legislation,” he said. “Everything in here is the kind of proposal that’s been supported by both Democrats and Republicans — including many who sit here tonight.”

Obama said his plan would be fully paid for by the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction. The president requested that the committee come up with more than the $1.5 trillion in cuts they were charged with finding before the end of the year.

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