- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 25, 2013

President Obama will travel to Florida Thursday to promote his economic initiatives for the middle class, seeking again to get his second-term agenda back on track.

Mr. Obama will visit the port of Jacksonville to talk about “the cornerstones of middle class security” and discuss how the House Republicans’ budget approach “poses a risk to the progress we’ve made in each area, including jobs, education, housing, and health care,” said a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The event follows the president’s major speech on the economy on Wednesday in Illinois, where he called on Republican lawmakers to approve policies that he said will help to close the growing gap between rich and poor. He blamed the GOP for focusing too much on “manufactured” scandals.

The president will deliver remarks Thursay at JAXPORT, the home of two infrastructure projects that his administration helped to expedite in July 2012 through executive order. Mr. Obama is pushing for more spending on infrastructure, and he will be joined by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Mr. Obama also will travel on Tuesday to Chattanooga, Tenn., to give another speech on policies to benefit the middle class.

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