President-elect Obama is in Bedford Heights, Ohio today to meet with workers at the Cardinal Fastener & Specialty Company, a growing company that manufactures parts used to construct wind turbines. Companies like Cardinal Fastener and workers like those in Bedford Heights would benefit from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, which would aim to create nearly half a million new American jobs by investing in clean energy like wind power.
Yesterday President-elect Obama commented on the House of Representatives early efforts to begin work on the plan:
I am pleased that the House of Representatives has acted with urgency on an American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan that will save or create over three million jobs, provide tax relief to struggling families and businesses that create jobs, and invest in priorities like health care, education, and energy that will make America strong and competitive in the 21st century. This plan is a significant downpayment on our most urgent challenges, and it will contain the kind of strict, independent oversight that will allow the American people to hold Washington accountable for how and where their tax dollars are spent.
We'll have more coverage from President-elect Obama's trip later in the day.