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African Americans and the 2013 Budget

The President's 2013 Budget will construct an economy that is built to last and provide security for African American families.

President Obama laid out a blueprint in his State of the Union address for an economy that’s built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values.  The President released a budget that illustrates how we put that blueprint to work.  

Yesterday in his message to Congress, the President explained that we are in a make-or-break moment for the middle class, and for all those who are fighting to get there. The Budget targets scarce federal resources to the areas critical to growing the economy and restoring middle-class security: education and skills for American workers, innovation and manufacturing, clean energy, and infrastructure. It is built around the idea that our country does best when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules.

To construct an economy that is built to last and provide security for African American families, the 2013 Budget will:

  • Strengthen Anti-Discrimination Enforcement.
  • Improve Higher Education for Students from Minority Backgrounds.
  • Support Minority Businesses.
  • Take Immediate Action to Support Growth and Job Creation.
  • Spur Job Creation through Infrastructure Investment.
  • Give Every American a Fair Shot at Success by Improving and Reforming K-12 Education.
  • Expand Access to College.
  • Equip American Workers for Good-Paying Jobs Today and in the Future.
  • Preserve Affordable Rental Opportunities.
  • Promote Affordable Homeownership.
  • Support Responsible Homeowners and Help Them Stay in Their Homes.
  • Help States Provide Paid Family Leave to Workers.
  • Extend Expanded Tax Cuts for Lower-Income Families.
  • Prevent Hunger and Improve Nutrition.
  • Support Prisoner Re-entry Programs.
  • Continue Construction of National Museum of African American History and Culture.
  • Revitalize Distressed Urban Neighborhoods.
  • Invest in Regional and Community Planning Efforts for Sustainable Development.

Read more about how the President’s 2013 budget will work to provide further opportunities for African American families: HERE.