Obama Pitches Job Training Programs

(Los Angeles, CA) -- President Obama is touting the importance of job training programs. Speaking Thursday afternoon at a community college in Los Angeles, the President said the U.S. economy continues to improve. He stressed the need to train more Americans to fill the jobs that are being created. Meantime, Obama criticized congressional Republicans for blocking efforts to raise the national minimum wage. He argued that a wage hike will help struggling families. Obama said it has been several years since the national minimum wage was raised, calling that too long.

Meantime, the President called on Congress to pass corporate tax reform. He said U.S. companies should be discouraged from shipping jobs overseas. Obama criticized a "small but growing group of big corporations" who are fleeing to get out of paying U.S. taxes. He called it an issue of "economic patriotism."