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What President Obama is back in Washington DC today to -- to the economic recovery on the heels of his op Ed piece -- wrote in the Washington Post yesterday.
The -- spent a fair amount of time over the weekend explaining what needs to be done to improve Africa's economy.
As he wrapped up his visit overseas for what the president accomplish in Africa when need to accomplish at home economically.
I'm doing right now by democratic congressman Joseph Crowley a New York Democrat member of the house of foreign affairs committee and then house ways and his committee.
Also a chairman of the -- -- coalition could see it see -- -- forced upon -- coming Apogee wrapping up in Africa.
Did he accomplish when needed to accomplish in terms is setting the stage some of these commitments by the international means to Africa.
I think he has I think it's so this was an historic trip.
In many respects I only get back to JFK's -- Ireland you know when he went there and kind of made that connection very few presidents haven't been able to do that.
In the way that I think -- Kennedy -- with Ireland and Obama are obvious is -- now with the continent.
I think it was very emotional trip for the Obama is certainly.
When -- went to the castle where slaves had could force of the door of no return.
And they turn around the -- back through the door of return.
And I think -- -- -- symbolism would -- a very moving point of thinking time was well form Africa but also for the United States as well I think was very strong message and we'll.
The president wrote an op Ed piece in the Washington Post yesterday I want to read a quote from his switching -- back here to unite United States.
He's he's dealing with as you very well now which happens every president a decline in some that his approval ratings and on the second -- -- the honest stimulus package he says.
It has done what it what it is supposed to give it was from the start a -- -- your program and we'll.
Definitely -- save and create jobs.
As it ramps up over this summer into the fall we must let it work the way it's supposed to with the understanding that in any recession.
Unemployment tends to recover more slowly than other measures of economic activity.
To your program a lot of people yesterday saying hey wait a second Willis -- -- your program.
I think was always into your program would be it was very clear from the beginning I think when people if they were paying attention.
But what the president was saying back it's so that this is not going to be an easy recovery this is gonna take some time.
Because you just said.
Unemployment is a lagging indicator hit it -- it tells the -- tail off slower and it tends to rise slower as well.
So I think -- you begin to see parts of apple there are more glitches -- this economy the very difficult times is no question about it I think the fact that his numbers have declined a bit.
Is really representative of the fact that we're living through difficult times people -- -- so that we care who caused that to how we've -- this list.
They wanna get us out of it and I think the president determined to fix this problem to take some time was -- to happen overnight.
But you know people are getting frustrated and now there's a great deal talk on the hill about perhaps -- second stimulus package would you support that well I religiously every -- to see what is in the scenes practically.
I know that there was a growing angst.
Amongst the American people for spending.
Federal taxpayer dollars to stimulate the economy I think that maybe some other opportunities out there as well I've been working on some.
Legislation as well to help stimulate the company without necessarily going back.
To the coffers to do that.
But again I think we need to do like we did in the past them during President Bush's.
Parade as well as -- the president Obama's -- To take the necessary steps that we need to go to secure this economy and move America forward you just.
And chairman of new democratic coalition and I'm curious because a lot of people -- -- it one of the leading groups of blue dog Democrats more conservative middle of the road Democrats.
Who are very supportive of business.
And yet what we're seeing is a lot of government intervention that is not something that the business community.
Is too happy about.
What are some of the top pieces are items on the agenda that you will focus on in this new role.
Probably -- distinguished.
New -- from blue -- and blue dogs all the more fiscally conservative and to some -- -- socially more conservative than new dams have been condemns our.
Progressively socially to -- moderate fiscally but we -- the pro growth.
I think Democrats in the house of resentments -- what we're concerned about this what are -- -- was the democratic -- with the president's agenda was is the new democratic agenda.
How were about innovation about -- -- growing American jobs about investing in health care system that will serve all Americans.
Not just the few that it will be more that that that -- look in the energy bill that will create jobs and innovation in this country.
Those are the same I think ideas the president has and I think that our leadership houses what we share those views how did how we get that maybe maybe differ.
But getting -- is -- there's no question.
If it and that's an important point though because how we get -- involves.
Trillions of dollars and many of your members you're not thrilled about that concept of spending that kind of money.
In this type of economy where it.
How are you would address that are you you supported the climate change bill are you going to support health care overhaul to bid to the tune of them trillions of dollars and we're talking about.
-- we're looking at 45 million Americans who have no health care or aren't insured in this city we have underinsured uninsured and underinsured herbal.
In the undocumented so for New York City it's a bit different maybe than all the parts of the country as well.
But I want to help that I want to see a bill -- that is comprehensive that reforms the system.
That gets as many savings you possibly can out of the existing system and then address the shortfall.
By looking at revenue raises in order to make that happen so public option is not necessarily the solution but I think public option is part of the solution -- -- it certainly can be I think cut.
How would as -- how would you shaped and formed to be competitive on an even playing field with the private sector I think that's the critical piece how we get to that point.
But I think it's certainly Caribbean will be I think my anticipation is -- will be part of the solution.
We're sitting here today flag T the largest lender to the small business administration on the -- of bankruptcy small businesses but by the growth in this country they provide them too hot.
-- the administration hasn't done really anything to address the small business community initially small business owners in your district what do you -- Sharon what do we do about that -- Think the president did make some movement within the stimulus package to help small businesses and I think.
What you have going on right now is between the FDIC and treasury and who's going to basically step in -- my sense at this point in time I don't think it's good T.
Can fail I don't think we should let that happen.
I think the two would be small business as you mentioned are on the hook here.
Oh woo woo -- will be without a resource for which they can draw on to -- there their employees to to to cover their debts.
So I do anticipate that something will happen -- and I noticed a lot of speculation and rumor that's what this is all about.
But I think just like who we saw happen after The Who did the cops of Lehman.
I think the Fed realized what was really taking place and took measures than two to stem the loss thereafter I think they understand we've learned a lesson from that.
But I think that they can move forward into a positive -- of -- of prison because -- -- that's spices I congressman Crowley.
Grateful thanks Alex wanted to save time thank you that.
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