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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of President Obama's Meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus

This afternoon, President Obama met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss the economy, job creation and the need to pass health care reform.  President Obama acknowledged the progress that has been made on the economy while also expressing his concern for long-term unemployment.  He requested that Members provide specific recommendations to the challenges concerning job creation. 

After remarks by Chairwoman Lee discussing the impact of the economy in economically distressed communities and the need for additional assistance in these areas, Members presented their concerns and solutions for broadening the impact of the recovery effort.  

The meeting participants agreed there are a number of things that can be done to impact unemployment immediately and in the long term including summer youth employment, job training tied to apprenticeships, a review of Recovery Act contracting to ensure access to these opportunities is fair and equitable, and an appreciation for the jobs that can be generated through weatherization programs and the passage of health care reform.

The meeting concluded with Congressman Lewis calling for a victory for the American people with the passage of health care reform.