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Our Annual Report and Growing Support for Our Middle Class Agenda

The Middle Class Task Force releases its first annual report, chronicling a year of working with experts and everyday citizens and reaffirming the Administration's commitment to fight for issues important to the middle class.

Today, the Middle Class Task Force is proudly releasing our first annual report , which highlights the work we’ve done over the past year, and reaffirms the Administration’s commitment to fight for the middle class.  The Task Force has traveled across the country to hear about the challenges facing American families and to gather ideas about how to address those challenges.  We talked green jobs in Denver, manufacturing in Ohio, college affordability in St. Louis -- and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We also received thousands of comments from ordinary Americans through this website, and met with leading experts on the issues facing the middle class.

The report begins with a thorough examination of some of the economic challenges facing the middle class, but most importantly, it outlines several policy proposals that will ease the burden on middle class families.

In support of our work, we’re also posting several letters from organizations backing our proposals to cap student loan payments, help families with soaring child care costs, enhance retirement security, and support families caring for seniors and people with disabilities.

Jared Bernstein is Chief Economic Advisor to the Vice President, and Executive Director of the Middle Class Task Force

Terrell McSweeny is Domestic Policy Advisor to the Vice President