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Thursday
Sep012011

WH Chief of Staff Told Boehner of Speech Request Weds. Morning

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley telephoned House Speaker John Boehner directly late Wednesday morning, sketching out President Obama’s plans to make his jobs proposal in an address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.

The House speaker did not object but, Republicans say, he had to look at logistics and did not expect White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer to tweet the details an hour later.

The Boehner offer "on behalf of the bipartisan leadership and membership of both the House and Senate" to speak "at a time that works best for your schedule" was made public four hours after that.

The NFL season opener kicks off at 8:35 p.m. ET Thursday. By then, the president’s address may be over, and only the GOP response and pundits will lose out.

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Thursday
Sep012011

Obama to Seek Stimulus Funds, But ‘You Won’t Hear the S Word’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- With President Obama set to unveil his plan for job creation next week, a former White House economic adviser said Wednesday that economic “stimulus” will be part of the package, but won’t be labeled as such.

“You won’t hear the word ‘stimulus’ -- the ‘s word’ -- because that just is politically unappealing right now,” Jared Bernstein, who left his post as Vice President Joe Biden’s top economist in June, told ABC’s Top Line Wednesday.  “But you will hear targeted measures, which I think is actually a more apt description of what I think the president will talk about.”

“He’ll want to extend the payroll tax holiday.  He’ll want to extend unemployment insurance.  He’ll have some ideas for infrastructure.  Maybe something to help repair the schools -- that’s an idea that a number of us have been pushing -- a program called FAST: Fix America’s Schools Today, which could get hundreds of thousands of construction workers back to work repairing the backlog of maintenance in the nation’s stock of public schools,” Bernstein said.

“So there are good ideas out there, and it’s really a matter of the politics,” he added.

Bernstein, now a senior fellow at the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said the jobs measures already enacted under the Obama White House -- including the stimulus package that passed in early 2009 -- represented a “middle-ground” approach of targeted tax relief and additional spending.

He said those efforts “have actually helped a lot” in terms of boosting the economy, though, of course, more must be done.

“The facts of the case are that measures that the administration has taken, that Congress has supported, that the Federal Reserve has taken, have actually helped a lot.  It’s just that the hole -- the economic hole -- has been so deep that there’s just been no conceivable measure that on its own could fix everything,” Bernstein said.

“It’s just not reached the kind of escape velocity that you need for the private sector to kind of take the baton over.  So we still need the kinds of measures we’ve been doing.  We just stopped too soon,” he added.

Bernstein warned that the White House can’t be timid, even while acknowledging the political difficulties.

“The most direct way to create jobs is direct job creation,” he said.  “The most direct measures we did I think were the most successful.  Some of those were in the infrastructure side, some of those were fiscal relief to the states, which helped them retain literally hundreds of teacher, police, firefighters, sanitation workers.  Some of them were measures that we probably could have and should have done more of in terms of getting as close as we could to direct job creation.”

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Wednesday
Aug312011

Jon Huntsman to Introduce Four-Part Jobs Plan

LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images(HUDSON, N.H.) -- Jon Huntsman will deliver his first policy speech at Gilchrist Metal Fabricating in Hudson, New Hampshire Wednesday afternoon, introducing a four-part strategy to resolve the United States’ jobs crisis.

A source close to the campaign tells ABC News that Huntsman’s plan is titled: “Time to Compete: An American Jobs Plan.”  The speech will address tax reform, regulatory reform, energy independence, and free trade.

Huntsman will highlight the same core values he has tackled on the campaign trail, largely focusing on American competitiveness in the global marketplace.

“The president believes that we can tax and spend and regulate our way to prosperity,” Huntsman is expected to say in his prepared remarks. “We cannot. We must compete our way to prosperity. When I was born, manufacturing comprised 25 percent of our GDP. Today, it’s down to 10 percent. This does not reflect a decline in American ingenuity or work ethic; it reflects our government’s failure to adapt to the realities of the 21st Century economy. We need American entrepreneurs not only thinking of products like the iPhone or Segway; we need American workers building those products.  It’s time for Made in America to mean something again.”

Huntsman will continue: “It’s time for America to start working again; It’s time for America to start building things again; It’s time for America to compete again.  I believe with a new administration we can do just that.”

Spokesperson Tim Miller tells ABC News, “A New Hampshire manufacturer provides the right backdrop for Gov. Huntsman’s call for America to begin making things again.  Gov. Huntsman will advocate for many of the same policies that took Utah to number one in the nation in job creation.”

Huntsman is the first presidential candidate to officially announce a jobs plan, although other GOP hopefuls say theirs are in the offing. GOP rival Mitt Romney will unveil his own strategy in Nevada on Sept. 6.

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Tuesday
May102011

Mitt Romney to Lay Out Health Reform Plan Thursday

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Massachusetts Governor and likely Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will outline his approach to health care reform in Michigan on Thursday, announcing a plan to “repeal and replace” the law that Democrats enacted last year.

As governor in 2006, Romney signed Massachusetts’ bipartisan health reform law. It required everyone in the state to obtain health insurance and became a model for the controversial law that national Democrats enacted for the entire country in 2010.

The speech Thursday at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center will focus on “rolling out his plan to repeal and replace” the national health care law, according to one senior aide.

Romney’s greatest hurdle as a Republican presidential candidate will be squaring his status as the father of health reform in Massachusetts with the near-unanimous opposition the national law faces among Republicans.

A Romney adviser tells ABC News that he will address his own record on health care reform but that it won’t be a major focus of his speech. Look for Romney to continue his federalism defense: the plan he enacted was right for Massachusetts, but not for the entire country.

Romney will try to differentiate him from the rest of the Republican field by offering something concrete with which to replace the health reform law.

A press release lays out his “2012 Principles for Health Reform”:

  • Restore to the states the responsibility and resources to care for their poor, uninsured, and chronically ill.
  • Give a tax deduction to those who buy their own health insurance, just like those who buy it through their employers.
  • Streamline the federal regulation of healthcare.
  • Reduce the influence of lawsuits on medical practice and costs.
  • Make healthcare more like a consumer market and less like a government program.

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