Obama’s American Jobs Act goes before Congress and the House

By Stuart Jones

President Obama’s $447 billion dollar plan to get Americans back to jobs, entitled the American Jobs Act, was proposed in a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8. Obama has been advocating for the act around the country during the past few weeks to have citizens convince their congressmen the value of the act.

An Elon University Poll that surveyed 594 North Carolina residents shows that 36 percent would not want their congressman to vote for a similar bill. With a margin of error of 4.02 percent, 35 percent would have their congressman vote for the bill. The remainder 28 percent was not sure which way they would vote.

The final statistic, where the citizen was unsure of how they would respond, reflects the response given by those surveyed at Elon University. In this informal survey, only four of 20 questioned knew specifics on what the American Jobs Act was.

“I don’t know the specifics of it and I wish I did,” said Libby Otos, program assistant for the Kernodle center for service learning and community engagement. The New York Times gives a full break down of what Obama’s plan is for the American Jobs Act here: http://goo.gl/1UNlD.

“I’ve heard of it but I’m the kind of person where I find my area of advocacy and dig deep there and this isn’t in that area,” said Michelle Kusel, assistant director of the center for leadership. “I’ve only heard of it and that is the extent of what I know about the American Jobs Act.”


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