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White House: Obama's Plate Too Full For Jobs Council
July 18, 2012
President Barack Obama has not met for six months with the CEOs and others on his Jobs Council in part because he’s simply been too busy, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.
“There’s no specific reason, except the president has obviously got a lot on his plate, but he continues to solicit and receive advice from numerous folks outside the administration about the economy about ideas that he can act on with Congress or administratively to help the economy grow and help create jobs,” Carney said in the White House’s first on-the-record response to a POLITICO story noting the hiatus.
While there’s been no official meeting of the 26-member council since January, Obama has been tapping members of the panel and others for job-creation ideas, Carney said during his daily briefing for reporters.
“The president solicits and receives input and advice from members of his Jobs Council and others about economic initiatives all the time. And I would point you to the numerous initiatives put forward by the Jobs Council that this administration, under the president’s direction, has taken action on, including a presidential memorandum in August of last year that selected 14 job-creating high-priority infrastructure projects for expedited review. Four of those are already under construction,” the press secretary said.
Carney insisted that the Jobs Council was useful, even though the president has been publicly campaigning against one of the panel’s significant proposals on taxes, which is also favored by likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
“I think we made clear when the Jobs Council was created that these are outside advisers that by design come from different areas of the economy and they bring different views and they are not members of the administration and that’s the whole purpose of it,” Carney said. “The president wanted this outside input and he wanted to evaluate ideas and obviously he will embrace and support some of them and he has as I began to speak about earlier and others he won’t support.”