Cummings: Jobs Bill Won’t Help Black Community

Eric Zimmermann, The Hill, March 17, 2010

The jobs bill on its way to the president’s desk will not help the black community, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said today.

The $18 billion legislation, which the Senate passed this morning, consists mainly of tax breaks for small businesses.

“The problem in the African-American community I don’t think will be helped a lot by that bill,” Cummings, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.

The Maryland Democrat said that while he supports the tax credits, the Black Caucus will also be pushing for legislation sponsored by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, that focuses on impoverished communities and helps retrain workers.

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