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Vice President Biden's Discussion on the American Jobs Act

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October 25, 2011, Volume 58, No. 09

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On Tuesday, October 18, Vice President Joe Biden and Director of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske visited the University of Pennsylvania, to discuss how the American Jobs Act would help keep first responders on the job and communities safe. The Vice President and Director Kerlikowske also participated in a roundtable discussion with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Charles Ramsey, police chiefs from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, and public safety officials from local universities and transportation departments, including Penn’s VP for Public Safety Maureen Rush, to discuss the impact of budget cuts on their ability to effectively police their communities.

Through the American Jobs Act, $5 billion would support the hiring and retention of public safety personnel. By supporting such jobs, the proposed investments aim to keep communities safe from drugs and crime and able to maintain critical emergency response capabilities.

Almanac - October 25, 2011, Volume 58, No. 09