President Obama will be announcing a plan to help Americans who continue to struggle to find jobs, even as the economy recovers from recession. This plan is a part of an economic strategy he will lay out in his annual State of the Union address. According to reports, President Obama has vowed to address the gap between rich and poor in America and has said he will do what he can even without help from a deeply divided Congress.
Of those that are considered “poor,” are the people who are unemployed. Benefits for 1.5 million Americans expired at the end of 2013 and the Senate failed in mid-January to agree on a plan to renew the benefits. Obama promised earlier this month that he would bring a group of chief executive officers to the White House to persuade them to hire more people from the ranks of the long-term unemployed.
President Obama’s senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, said this weekend in an email, “With some action on all our parts, we can help more job seekers find work, and more working Americans find the economic security they deserve.” If Congress doesn’t act, the president will,” Pfeiffer told Fox News Sunday.
Pfeiffer continued, “President Obama has a pen and he has a phone, and he will use them to take executive action and enlist every American… in the project to restore opportunity for all,” he also wrote in the letter.”
“We’re going to try to work with CEOs to make a pledge that we’re going to take a second look at these Americans who are very eager to get back to work and have the capacity to do so, but aren’t getting the kind of shot that they need,” Obama said on Jan. 14 before a meeting with his cabinet.
The unemployment rate is now at 6.7 percent in America and President Obama’s senior adviser has said that they inherited a country in a deep recession in 2009 and have been trying to climb out of it ever since. I’m elated that President Obama is doing everything he can to be here for the people. Here’s hoping he doesn’t have to go above Congress’ heads, but like Pfeiffer said, if Congress doesn’t act, the president will.
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