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Vice President Joe Biden visits Miami to push jobs plan

MIAMI — Vice President Joe Biden arrived in South Florida on Friday to promote the Obama administration's jobs plan in between fundraisers for the Democratic Party.

Biden arrived at G.K.E. Sabal Palm Elementary School in North Miami Beach shortly before 12:30 p.m. after attending an event for the Democratic National Committee in Boca Raton.

At the school visit — before another DNC event in Miami — Biden pushed for the American Jobs Act. The plan proposes $25 billion to repair and upgrade 35,000 public school buildings. White House officials estimate Florida could get $1.28 billion for K-12 schools, creating up to 16,000 jobs.

In Florida, White House officials estimate the plan to fund K-12 schools with $1.2 billion could generate up to 16,600 jobs. The Hillsborough County school district would receive $122.8 million; the Pinellas County school district $54 million; and the Pasco County school district $32.4 million.

The money is part of a $447 billion jobs plan package, which includes tax cuts and tax credits for individuals and small businesses, along with the new spending on schools, teachers, roads and bridges It is aimed at putting millions of Americans back to work and boosting a very weak economy. It also would impose higher taxes on the wealthy by limiting their itemized deductions.

Congress is expected to begin considering the jobs package next month. But the plan faces fierce opposition, especially in the House, where Republicans hold a majority.

In a statement issued Friday, Republicans slammed Biden's visit and Obama's jobs plan.

"After failing to create a single job last month, Vice President Biden's campaign visit to Florida shows that the White House is concerned about one job and one job only, President Obama's," said Ryan Tronovitch, a spokesman with the Republican National Committee.

"Floridians were pitched with a similar stimulus in 2009 and all they got was job loss and a sputtering economy. Voters across Florida and our nation know that the first stimulus was a failure and the second is only more of the same," Tronovitch said.

Vice President Joe Biden visits Miami to push jobs plan 09/23/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 23, 2011 9:29pm]
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