On Friday, after traveling to the University of Richmond to discuss the American Jobs Act, President Obama hosted a conference call for over 1,100 state, local and tribal officials to explain how the plan would put people back to work in communities across the country.
The President thanked the officials on the call for their ongoing support, as well as their input and ideas that helped shape the American Jobs Act through listening sessions, calls and meetings over the past month. The President then laid out his policy ideas to help create more jobs immediately, including proposals to:
The President then asked the elected officials on the phone to make their voices heard in this debate by issuing statements, using social media, or having press conferences to highlight the urgency of passing the American Jobs Act.
After the President spoke, Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling and I took questions from officials ranging from a mayor in Wisconsin to an Alaskan tribal chairman on how the American Jobs Act would directly impact their communities.
We look forward to hearing from more state, local and tribal officials in the days and weeks to come as the President introduces the American Jobs Act to Congress and more officials speak out on ways we can strengthen the economy. Please continue to send your statements on the American Jobs Act to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cecilia Muñoz is Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
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