The White House on Thursday forwarded a news release from the Teamsters saying that Hoffa applauded Obama’s measures.
“Congress must pass President Obama’s plan now,” Hoffa said. “The jobs crisis is an American problem. It isn’t President Obama’s problem, and it isn’t a Republican or Democratic problem. All Americans need to come together to create good jobs for the good of our economy and the good of our country.”
The Obama plan includes extending the payroll tax cut agreed to last year, providing tax incentives for companies that hire the “disadvantaged,” and it supposedly would “put more people back to work” – union members, that is -- including up to 280,000 teachers laid off by state-budget cuts and construction workers, who would repair crumbling bridges, roads and more than 35,000 public schools.
“This plan will immediately increase economic activity and generate more tax revenue,” Hoffa said. “That’s how you fix the deficit. Good jobs are good for the economy.”
Hoffa’s endorsement is one of many the White House is promoting.
In a Labor Day speech to supporters in Detroit last Monday, Hoffa described the Teamsters as Obama’s “army” in a “war” with the Tea Party movement.
“Everybody here’s got a vote,” Hoffa said before Obama came to the stage. “If we go back and we keep an eye on the prize -- let's take these sons of bitches out and give America back to America where we belong!”
The White House refused to criticize or repudiate Hoffa’s comments.