President Obama on Monday said he’s insisting that Congress act on his $447 billion jobs bill this month. But in the meantime, he said, he’s ordering his administration to find ways to create jobs without Congress.

Mr. Obama assembled his cabinet Monday “to talk about the one topic that’s on everybody’s minds, and that is how do we put America back to work,” he said ahead of their meeting.

Every federal secretary and agency chief has been assigned to examine what the administration can do to accelerate job growth over the next several months without the help of Congress, Mr. Obama said. Possible options, he said, include accelerating payments to small businesses so they have greater cash flow, or working with the housing market to provide relief to homeowners.

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