Members of the U.S. Congress begin 2010 scrambling to reduce the double-digit U.S. jobless rate, knowing their own jobs will be at stake in the November election if they fail to deliver.

 

With about one in 10 Americans out of work, the highest percentage in 25 years, President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats — who control the Senate and House of Representatives — are making job creation their top priority.

 

Indeed, as the full Senate returns from the Christmas break on Wednesday — a week after the House — job recovery will also be high on the White House agenda, along with the massive relief effort for quake-stricken Haiti.

 

Last month, the House passed a $155 billion bill that aims to stimulate the job market through infrastructure projects and helping states pay the salaries of public employees.