YORK—UPDATE: Vice President Joe Biden spent more than an hour at Goode Elementary School in York Tuesday morning...stopping first in a 4th grade classroom to interact with students, then speaking to a crowd at the school library. Biden is pushing the American Jobs Act which is struggling to stay alive.
"People are saying, well are you campaigning, yes we are campaigning to change this environment change this environment," said the second man in command when asked of the purpose of the trip.
Biden says the York City School District has done everything it can and should be proud of their achievements given the circumstances. He also says that kids he's met show an advanced attitude over kids in previous generations.
He says the American Jobs Act would not make anyone earning less than one million a year pay a cent more in tax and the average tax amount for a person averaging a million dollars income a year would pay only about $500 more each year.
"It would create 450 000 jobs, good paying jobs, not minimum wage jobs," said Biden about the American Jobs Act that was defeated in Senate.
He is disappointed that the Senate won’t even look at the act regardless of how many people are in support of it. Biden talked about how we can never compete as an economy with other countries if children’s education is cut.
He says countries like Germany, England, Holland, and China have not made these cuts and are investing more into their future.
The push to pass the President's American Jobs act is coming to York County. Vice-President Joe Biden will stop at a York school to promote the plan and show how the money will put teachers back to work.
Vice-President Joe Biden is expected to make his appearance here at Alexander D. Goode Elementary School around 10:45 a.m. His goal is to push for the passage of the American Jobs Act. The President and Vice-President say this bill will add nearly $500 billion to the economy, putting out of work teachers, like the 11 recently fired teachers here at this school, back to work.
Besides the Vice-President coming to York, the President is also hitting the road over the next three days in North Carolina and Virginia touting the American Jobs Act. The $447 billion bill was already being turned aside in the Senate.
The president has since decided to break the jobs act into smaller pieces and ask for Congressional passage in different parts. The idea is to put unemployed construction crews, road crews and some 400,000 teachers back to work. The President says now is the time to get the economy growing however not everyone is on board.
"Turns out the Republican plan boils down to a few basic ideas. They want to gut regulations. They want to let Wall Street do whatever it wants. On the other hand our plan puts teachers, construction workers, firefighters and police officers back on the job," said President Barack Obama during a stop in Fletcher, North Carolina yesterday.
"We believe in private enterprise. We believe in small business. Our job creators' agenda is just that. And so, we want the president to work with us," said Rep. Eric Cantor, (R) Virginia and Majority Leader.
The original bill proposed about $270 billion in tax cuts with another $175 billion of new spending on roads and school repairs. The final $35 billion will go to help local governments pay for teachers, firefighters and police officers.
The President plans to offset the cost of this bill by raising taxes on families who make more than $250,000 a year.
The Vice-President is focusing on Goode Elementary School because it was forced to cut 11 out of 45 teachers last year due to budget constraints. The American Jobs Act proposes to put about 400,000 teachers to work. The Vice-President is scheduled to hit the ground running here at 10:45 am. FOX43 will carry the VP's address live.