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February 13th, 2012
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Rep. Cleaver – Budget a 'nervous breakdown on paper'

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, discusses President Obama's budget proposal.

Cleaver says, “This budget is a nervous breakdown on paper. And it’s not just President Obama. I think he's put together a document that addresses education. We need to do it. Community colleges need to be upgraded. We got to have training for real jobs. We've got a lot of jobs that are going unfilled because we don't have the technology in the heads of graduating college students to deal with them."

He continues, “We are still in a recession. We're still struggling. Unemployment is still too high in every major city in the country. People are struggling. So for the federal government to turn the spigot off completely I think is to push the nation into a deeper economy. That's not just me talking. Some of the top economists in the nation have said the same thing.”

Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien airs week mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

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