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The White House
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WHITE HOUSE VIDEO MESSAGE: Investing in Our Growing Middle Class


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WHITE HOUSE VIDEO MESSAGE: Investing in Our Growing Middle Class

WASHINGTON, DC – In this week’s message, Miguel Ayala, Deputy Associate Director of Communications for the Council on Environmental Quality discusses the importance of investing in high-tech manufacturing to attract good jobs for a growing middle class looking to get ahead.

The audio of the address and video of the message is available online HERE.

Remarks by Miguel Ayala

Spanish Language Video Message

The White House

Saturday, January 17, 2014

Hi, everybody.  This week, the President visited a company in Raleigh, North Carolina that helps make electric motors that save businesses money on energy costs and cut harmful carbon pollution. 

And he also  stopped by N.C. State University, where engineers are set to develop the new technology that will make those motors even better.

It’s part of the Administration’s push not only to make America home to more high-tech manufacturing – but to make America more attractive for the good jobs that a growing middle class requires.  And given the growth of the Hispanic community in recent decades, our nation’s Hispanic students and workforce will play a pivotal role in these new and emerging sectors.

And increasingly, we are.  Thanks to our energy strategy, for the first time in nearly two decades, we produce more oil here at home than we buy from the rest of the world.  We generate more renewable energy than ever, and more natural gas than anyone.  Health care costs are growing at their slowest rate in 50 years – due in part to the Affordable Care Act.  And, we’ve cut our deficits by more than half.

We are primed to bring back more of the good jobs claimed by the recession, and lost to overseas competition in recent decades.  But that requires a year of action.  And to the President will work with Congress this year on proven ways to create jobs, like building infrastructure and fixing our broken immigration system.

This can be a breakthrough year for America.  But to make that happen, we need to act – to create good jobs that pay good wages, and to offer more Americans a fair shot to get ahead. 

Thanks, and have a great weekend.