President’s Jobs Council Shuts Down, Jobs Crisis Continues Forward
Two years ago, the President formed a “Jobs Council” made up of CEO’s and other executives from some of America’s largest companies. The last time that council met was in January of last year, and it’s now being formally disbanded:
The panel of CEOs, labor leaders and economists President Barack Obama tapped in 2011 to stimulate job creation in the United States is shutting down, the White House confirmed Thursday.
POLITICO reported last July that the 26-member President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness had not held an official meeting in six months, apparently because of political sensitivities about such a meeting in the campaign season. The council never met again. Its charter expired Thursday, though it could have been extended by the president.
Council officials said the lack of public meetings over the past year did not indicate that the council was dormant. The group met four times in 2011 and 2012, fashioning about 60 proposals that were largely adopted by the administration and 30 legislative proposals that remain largely unfulfilled. The group convened monthly conference calls where it got private updates on its recommendations from administration officials.
The White House said Thursday that shuttering the council was part of an effort to broaden the administration’s outreach to the business community.
“The White House will begin a new, expanded effort to work with the business community and other outside groups to advance specific policy priorities promoted [by] the Jobs Council. Those include: expanding new skills and talent initiatives, promoting entrepreneurship and small businesses, expediting permitting for infrastructure projects across the country, and continuing progress on fiscal issues and tax reform,” said a White House official who asked not to be named. “The President, his economic team and his senior advisors will broaden the number of voices involved in the new effort to include not just members of the Jobs Council but also other leaders in the business community, academic and economic experts, and labor and non-profit leaders.”
Boy I’m glad they solved that problem.