Obama Unveils 2013 Budget at NOVA Speech
President's budget includes funding for education, infrastructure; calls for higher taxes on wealthiest Americans.
President Barack Obama was in Annandale on Monday to release his 2013 budget during a visit to Northern Virginia Community College.
As part of this morning's presentation, made to a crowd of students, administrators, special invited guests and the media, Obama unveiled what the White House is calling a "Blueprint to Train Two Million Workers for High-Demand Industries through a Community College to Career Fund."
According to a White House release, the $8 billion initiative will be administered by the Departments of Labor and Education. "... This Fund will help forge new partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train two million workers for good-paying jobs in high-growth and high-demand industries. It provides funding for community colleges and states to partner with businesses to train workers in a range of high-growth and in-demand areas, such as health care, transportation, and advanced manufacturing."
Obama joked about his multiple appearances at Northern Virginia Community College campuses in the area, saying he is about three credits short of graduation.
He was at NoVa-Annandale in April 2011 to talk about the deficit and was at the Alexandria campus in June 2011 to talk about automotive technology.
He is speaking in the Richard J. Ernst Community Center to a crowd of more than 200 people, including students, administrators, special guests and the media.
Annandale may be strategically important to Obama's re-election campaign in Virginia, some believe. The Los Angeles Times this morning called Monday's appearance and Obama's budget apreview of coming election battles.