Black Caucus Turns Up the Heat on Obama

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The Congressional Black Caucus is growing impatient with President Barack Obama, saying black Americans need more targeted government assistance.

According to the Department of Labor, unemployment among blacks is at 15.6 percent - almost double the 9.3 percent rate for whites.

"Our job is to make sure the legislation that gets to the president's desk responds to the degradation and the crisis in our community," said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, at a Friday news conference. "Our community is bleeding. And we are the worst hit."

Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., insists the concern of the 42-member caucus is not based on the foundation of race, but rather on need.

"When Wall Street had a problem there was no problem with the sense of urgency," Scott charged. "We're asking for that same sense of urgency. There was no problem when that money was targeted to Wall Street. We're asking for the same targeted area on Main Street,"

Scott added that creating jobs in minority communities will help curb the foreclosure crisis.

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