GOP Threatens Education Cuts, Obama Responds

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says Republicans
sharpening their budget ax would damage the American economy by
taking a big whack at education spending.

Opening a meeting of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory
Board on Monday, Obama said he agrees with the GOP that America's
fiscal situation is "untenable," but its plans would force a 20 percent cut in education funding.

He said that "just doesn't make sense" at a time when the economy's struggling and other countries are becoming fiercer competitors.

Obama announced a new initiative called "Skills for America's Future" that aims to promote partnerships between America's top companies and community colleges.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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