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By Zachary Roth
On Thursday, the two-year term of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness—an advisory panel of CEOs, labor leaders and others aimed at helping spur job growth—is set to expire. Though there are still more than 12 million Americans officially out of work—more than 19 million if you count those who have given up looking—the White House hasn’t said whether it’ll extend the council’s term, and did not respond to an inquiry from MSNBC.com. The council, chaired by G.E. chief Jeff Immelt, hasn’t met in more than a year.
Congress has appeared even less interested. When President Obama did unveil a serious package of jobs proposals in 2011, and went to the Capitol to urge lawmakers to “pass this jobs bill right away”, House Republicans responded, by and large, with a collective shrug.
“When I travel around the country discussing economic policy, the first question on everyone’s mind is, in so many words: Why is D.C. ignoring the economy?,” Jared Bernstein, a former economic adviser to the Obama White House and an MSNBC contributor, told MSNBC.com.