President Obama is scheduled to travel today to Redford Township, Mich., for an event on the economy at the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant.

According to published reports, the trip is part of a public campaign designed to pressure congressional Republicans to back his plan to address the "fiscal cliff," a series of tax hikes and budget cuts that take effect next year if the White House and Congress are unable to reach a debt reduction plan.

Obama wants to extend George W. Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class, but let them expire for incomes over $250,000 a year.

Republicans have said that is not an option, and instead have proposed raising more revenue by eliminating unnamed tax loopholes and deductions.

Trucking reporters also are scheduled to meet with key Daimler Trucks officials in conjunction with the president's visit.