President Obama Stops In Minnesota To Talks Jobs

By KBJR News 1

June 1, 2012 Updated Jun 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM CDT

Golden Valley, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- President Obama was in Minnesota Friday, urging congress to act on his jobs plan.

He's calling on congress to pass through his "to–do" list, which includes legislation that would make it easier for returning military members to find civilian work.

LeAnn Wallace was there and has our report.

President Obama stopped at Honeywell's Golden Valley facility Friday, talking about what's on the minds of most Americans these days...jobs.

He says the economy is turning around and that jobs are being created, but not fast enough.

"We've got a lot of work to do to get to where we need to be."

The President said the nation can get to where it needs to be if his "to–do" list passes through Congress.

He specifically asked lawmakers to act on the Veterans Job Corps legislation.

"I believe that no one that fights for their country should have to fight for a job when they come home."

Now that the war in Iraq is over and soldiers continue to pull out of Afghanistan, more and more military members will be returning home.

"Service members with experience in logistics or maintenance on the front lines, they'll have a faster track to jobs in those fields here at home."

The initiative would expedite the process of getting credentials and licenses for many skills based jobs, like the ones at Honeywell.

"The training and experience I had in the military qualified me to work at Honeywell as an electrician in machine services," said Ryan Sullivan, Honeywell Electrician

The Northland is full of jobs in the industry and manufacturing sectors, but State Representative Carly Melin says this initiative would stretch further than that.

"The largest employer in Hibbing is the medical industry so being able to make sure that service members who served as nurses or in the national guard or army are able to come back home and work in our medical services on the range is also very important," Rep. Carly Melin DFL – Hibbing

While the President hopes to get republicans on board with his jobs agenda, many Republicans have said the plan doesn't do enough to curb spending and reduce the nation's debt.

After speaking at Honeywell, President Obama attended campaign fundraisers in Minneapolis.

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