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Obama Urges Congress Act to Swiftly on Economic Crisis

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama is urging Congress to move quickly on a plan to deal with the financial crisis in the country and help struggling families.

In Saturday's Democratic weekly radio address, Mr. Obama said if Congress does not immediately pass an economic rescue plan, he will make it his first order of business as president. He said the rescue package should create jobs, relieve financial pressure on families and revive the economy.

Mr. Obama expressed optimism that, with new policies and a spirit of service and sacrifice, the country can steer itself out of economic turmoil.

He praised world leaders for coming to Washington to seek a solution to the global financial crisis, saying the matter requires a "coordinated global response." On Friday, Mr. Obama announced a delegation is taking part in G-20 summit on his behalf.