Chicago Tribune, “Obama touts deal as boost to Caterpillar workers:”
WASHINGTON — Even before the deal was completed in Congress, President Barack Obama on Wednesday said evidence already had turned up that his economic rescue plan would improve the lives of American workers.
Three times during the day, the White House asserted that Caterpillar Inc., the giant maker of construction and other equipment that has recently laid off workers, would be able to rehire employees if Congress approved the stimulus bill.
But as the president prepared for a Thursday trip to visit a Caterpillar plant in East Peoria, Ill., it was not clear how strong an example the company would provide of the job-creating powers of the bill.
USA Today, “Stimulus fight gives Obama lessons early“:
Peoria Journal-Star, “Welcome, Mr. President“:
President Barack Obama will hold a meeting with workers at the Caterpillar Inc.’s Building HH in East Peoria on Thursday to discuss the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.
The president’s arrival, departure and meeting with workers will be closed to the public.
3 p.m.: Arrival at the Air National Guard 182nd Airlift Wing at the Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport
3:25 p.m.: Meeting with Cat workers at Building HH, 901 W. Washington Ave., East Peoria
5:45 p.m.: Departure from the Air National Guard
Peoria Journal-Star, “Our View: From Abe to Obama, the circle closes in Peoria”
Washington Examiner, “Obama uses Caterpillar to push stimulus plan“:
President Obama chose a Northern Virginia construction site on Wednesday to personalize the stakes of the stimulus plan, saying its passage would give back jobs to laid-off Caterpillar workers.
The company “has announced some 20,000 layoffs in the last few weeks,” Obama said, adding that Chairman and CEO Jim Owens “said that if the [stimulus] passes, his company would be able to rehire some of those employees.”
Jim Geraghty, National Review Online, “If You Want to Quote Caterpillar, Mr. President . . .”: “Say, President Obama, perhaps you ought to also pay attention to what the company is saying about the “Buy American” provisions in the legislation.”
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