Published: Dec 08, 2010 8:08 PM EST
Updated: Dec 08, 2010 5:08 PM EST

 WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says economists predict higher job growth in 2011 and 2012 if Congress passes a tax deal he negotiated with Republicans.

He's urging lawmakers to examine the details of the deal and "get this done." He's also dispatched Vice President Biden to lobby members of Congress on the issue.    

House Democratic leaders say the tax package Obama negotiated with Republican leaders is tilted too much in favor of the wealthy.

They're putting Obama on the defensive as the deal picks up support among GOP lawmakers and business groups.