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U.S. President stresses importance of school rebuilding for job creation

(Xinhua)

09:15, September 14, 2011

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama stressed on Tuesday the importance of rebuilding and modernizing schools in crumbling condition to create construction jobs, his latest effort to urge the Congress to pass a 447-billion-dollar jobs bill.

Speaking at a high school in Ohio, Obama said that his new proposal would create jobs for tens of thousands of constructions workers and improve the teaching conditions at schools nationwide.

Facing a sluggish economic growth and stubbornly high unemployment, Obama unveiled a job plan on Sept. 8 including measures like payroll tax cuts for employers and employees as well as new investment in infrastructure projects.

As part of the jobs bill, the Obama administration is proposing a 25 billion U.S. dollars investment in school infrastructure that will modernize at least 35,000 public schools.

Obama is expected to unveil his recommendations to balance the government's budget later this month,and propose a series of tax hikes to pay for his jobs bill.

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