Jobs and the Economy

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President Obama inherited an economy in free fall, with huge deficits, skyrocketing health care costs, dwindling employment, and banking and housing markets on the brink of collapse. Working with the President, Democrats stabilized the financial system and helped to prevent a second Great Depression. An economy that was losing 700,000 jobs a month is now gaining jobs. We still have a long way to go, but we are now moving forward on the road to recovery.

President Obama and Democrats are fighting to strengthen our economy further and create jobs for American workers by ending tax loopholes for corporations, providing tax cuts to small businesses, investing in a clean-energy economy, and putting Americans to work rebuilding our infrastructure.

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  • Growing Small Businesses

    Today marks the start of Small Business Week — a time when we celebrate the thousands of small business owners across our country and recommit ourselves to giving them the support they need to grow and create jobs. These men and women not only employ nearly half of all American private sector employees, they are the economic engines that drives our country forward.That’s why from the moment President Obama stepped into the Oval Office, he made small businesses a top priority.

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  • “Time for them to do their damn jobs”

    Our communications director, Brad Woodhouse, fired off this email to supporters today about how Republicans in Congress need to stop playing political games and do their jobs:

    Friend --

    Getting in President Obama's way has been the top priority for Republicans in Congress since day one. But now they've gone too far.

    They've been caught red-handed making up so-called 'scandals' out of thin air to stir up false rumors of vast 'cover-ups' happening in the White House.

    Did they find a single shred of evidence to back up their outrageous claims? No.

    But rather than let the truth stand in their way, Republicans actually doctored emails between administration officials about Benghazi. Then, they released them to the press, trying to pass them off as real in order to create their scandal. Fortunately, they got caught in the act when the White House released all of the actual emails.

    Tell President Obama you've got his back right now, no matter what Republicans come up with next.

    While Republican leaders were focused on stirring up controversy, Michele Bachmann was talking about impeaching President Obama for absolutely no reason, and Republicans in the House voted to repeal Obamacare -- for the 37th time.

    That's how they think they should be spending their time and your money.

    Make sure the President knows that you stand behind him and his agenda right now -- and that you won't let Republican games distract you from advocating for real change that will benefit all Americans.

    Stand with President Obama today -- and send the message to Republicans that it's time to stop playing political games and get back to work for the American people:

    Its time for them to do their damn jobs.



    Brad Woodhouse
    Communications Director
    Democratic National Committee


  • My Mom and the American Dream

    Over 40 years ago, my mom decided to do what so many moms had done before her. She decided to leave her home country so that her children could have a better life with more opportunity, better education, and freedom -- she decided to immigrate to the United States. As we celebrate Mother's Day this year, let's pause to think of immigrant moms like mine who would stop at nothing to give their kids a better life with more opportunity. Let's rededicate ourselves to finding commonsense solutions and support the President's plan to fix our broken immigration system.

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  • Thanks, Ms. Botton

    It's Teacher Appreciation Week. As Democrats, we know that our most important investments are the ones we make in our kids. That's why, for years, we've been on the cutting edge of education reform. From FDR signing the G.I. Bill to President Obama overhauling student loans, Democrats have consistently invested to provide our kids with a first-rate education and the tools necessary to drive our economy forward with more job creation and opportunity. We also recognize that funding and programs alone won't solve all of our problems. Democrats understand that in order to create world-class institutions of learning, we have to reward, retain, and attract world-class teachers — teachers like my favorite teach growing up, Francine Botton. Ms. Botton was my fifth and sixth grade teacher at Magnolia Open Elementary School in Long Beach, New York, and like so many teachers across our country, she inspired me and all of my classmates to study hard and dream big. She was part mom, part educator, helping her students realize that anything was possible for us. She picked us up when we were down and pushed us when she knew we could do better.

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Recent Action
President Obama announced his Startup America Legislative Agenda
January 31, 2012
President Obama outlined his Startup America Legislative Agenda, which includes provisions that cut taxes for small businesses, gets capital to growing companies, and relieves the backlog of employment-based immigrant visas
Elevates Small Business Administrator
January 13, 2012
President Obama elevated the position of Small Business Administrator to Cabinet-level rank
Helping small businesses
Democrats passed the Small Business Jobs Act, spurring job creation by providing small businesses with tax breaks and better access to credit.