Cardin: Spending Cuts Must Address Jobs | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio
Filed Under:

Cardin: Spending Cuts Must Address Jobs

Play associated audio
Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin (D) says he hopes both sides of the political aisle give President Obama's jobs speech scheduled for Thursday a fair chance.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/oscepa/5914784525
Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin (D) says he hopes both sides of the political aisle give President Obama's jobs speech scheduled for Thursday a fair chance.

News that the nation created a net of zero jobs in August is increasing pressure on both political parties to come up with proposals to spur private sector growth.

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin (D) is calling for a job creation plan to be integrated in a congressional proposal to cut the deficit. When lawmakers return from August recess this week, members of the super committee tasked with targeting deficit reduction will begin serious talks about how to cut more than $1 trillion from the federal budget.

"The way to reduce the federal deficit is to create more jobs, so it's got to be fully integrated into the program for managing our debt," Cardin says.

Although President Obama won't lay out his plan for job creation to Congress until later this week, Cardin offered some suggestions this weekend. "I think if that if you can find a way to target tax relief to job creation, we should do it," Cardin says. "If we can target money to do more building in a constructive way. We need to still modernize our schools, we need better roads, we need better water infrastructure, we need better energy infrastructure."

The dismal data on August's job numbers also has lawmakers in both major parties pointing fingers at their opponents. Republicans say the president's policies are to blame, and they're pushing for less federal regulations and drastic cuts in spending. Democrats, including Cardin, say accelerating spending cuts could weaken the nation during this fragile economic recovery.

President Obama address the nation Thursday at 7 p.m., and Cardin says he hopes the president is able to convince lawmakers to include some job creation measures in a deal to cut the deficit.

Republicans are already accusing the president of using the speech for political purposes. Cardin says both parties need to give the plan a fair hearing. "I would hope that we not see knee jerk reactions, that these proposals would be analyzed fairly," Cardin says.

NPR

Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege Revealed By Sony Hack

While some leaked Sony emails seemed racist, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says they hint at a wider issue: an acceptance of practices, habits and perceptions that limit diversity in Hollywood.
NPR

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.
NPR

Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege Revealed By Sony Hack

While some leaked Sony emails seemed racist, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says they hint at a wider issue: an acceptance of practices, habits and perceptions that limit diversity in Hollywood.
NPR

Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege Revealed By Sony Hack

While some leaked Sony emails seemed racist, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says they hint at a wider issue: an acceptance of practices, habits and perceptions that limit diversity in Hollywood.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.