Share

POLITICS: PennAve

Obama to speak on economy in Cleveland

|
Politics,White House,Barack Obama,Obamacare,Jobs,President,Joe Biden,PennAve,Economy,Government Shutdown,Meghashyam Mali,Cleveland

President Obama will travel to Cleveland on Thursday to deliver a speech on the economy, the latest in the administration's push to pivot the nation's attention to jobs.

Obama will speak at the ArcelorMittal Cleveland steel plant, the White House announced.

The address comes with the public's attention though focused on the botched rollout of the Obamacare insurance exchange website, which has been plagued by technical problems and threatens to undermine the president's signature domestic achievement.

Obama has argued that the website’s problems will be fixed and touted the rest of the health care law as working, even as he pushes Congress to take up measures he says will boost job growth.

The new economic push comes weeks after a budget fight led to a 16-day government shutdown and brought the U.S. to within hours of defaulting on its debt. The October jobs report, though, defied low expectations and showed the economy added 204,000 jobs.

But last week in an address at the Port of New Orleans in Louisiana, Obama said there was “no question” that the shutdown had hurt job growth and urged lawmakers to take up legislation he said would bolster the middle class.

Obama is calling for a new wave of spending on infrastructure and education programs to retrain workers. The president has also pressed Congress to pass immigration reform, which has stalled in the GOP-controlled House, and a farm bill to aid the economy.

Vice President Joe Biden last week also spoke at the North Baltimore, Ohio, CSX intermodal terminal, where he made the case for more spending on the nation's ports and railways.

View article comments Leave a comment