White House pats self on back

Oct. 14, 2011 at 5:44 PM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The White House released a report Friday touting what the Obama administration says it has done to help Americans rise to the middle class.

The report, "Creating Pathways to Opportunity," reviews what the administration has done to help underserved communities and strengthen the middle class, the White House said in a release.

Since taking office, Obama has worked to help working families by providing tax relief, expanding and extending jobless benefits and nutrition assistance, reforming education for kindergarten through 12th grades and post-secondary institutions, and expanding support for small businesses in poor areas, among other things, the White House said.

"My administration has always been focused on helping more Americans -- many of whom were struggling long before this recession hit -- reach the middle class and stay there," President Obama, a Democrat who faces re-election next year, said. "To do that, we can't just cut our way to prosperity. We need to do everything we can to create jobs and put more money in the pockets of working Americans. And that's why Congress needs to do the right thing and pass the American Jobs Act."

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