Focus on Jobs/Economic Recovery Before Deficit Reduction, Progressive Base Warns White House

Mixed signals keep coming from the White House over what more it will do to counter unacceptably high unemployment. Meanwhile the President’s Commission on Fiscal Reform is chugging along on plans to trim Social Security and Medicare, while timid Blue Dogs in Congress pander to deficit hawks at the expenses of unemployed Americans.

While leaders of progressive organizations attend the Campaign for America’s Future “America’s Future Now!” conference, four key progressive leaders will share their impatience with the White House and Congress’ failure to frontally attack unemployment with additional plans to create jobs, concerned that failure to act aggressively will undermine recovery.

WHO:  Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
Robert Borosage, Co-Director, Campaign for America’s Future
Deepak Bhargava, Center for Community Change
Terry O’Neill, President, National Organization for Women
WHAT:  In-person news conference
WHERE:  Omni-Shoreham Hotel (2500 Calvert St. NW) Press Room on the lobby level on the West side of the hotel opposite the permanent CAF Conference registration desk.
WHEN:  Noon EDT on Tuesday, June 8, 2010