Obama: Public Sector Job Losses Are "Evidence" That Stimulus Worked
"Our biggest priority of this administration is getting the economy back on track and putting people back to work. Now, without relitigating the past, I am absolutely convinced and the vast majority of economists are convinced that the steps we took in the Recovery Act saved millions of people their jobs, or created a whole bunch of jobs. And, part of the evidence of that, as you see instances of the recovery act phasing out.
"When I came into office and budgets were hemorrhaging at the state level. Part of the Recovery Act was giving states help so they wouldn't have to lay off teachers, police officers [and] firefighters. As we've seen that federal support for states diminish, we've seen the biggest job losses in the public sector ... teachers, police officers, [and] firefighters, losing their jobs.
"So, my strong preference would be for us to figure out ways that we can continue to provide help across the board. But I'm operating within some political constraints because whatever I do, has to go through the House of Representatives."