Daley unsure if Occupy Wall Street protests are helpful to passing Obama jobs bill

White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said he isn't sure if the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York are helpful to the Obama administration's push to pass a jobs creation bill.

Daley said he wasn't sure if Americans voicing frustration with Wall Street, as they are doing in the New York protests, is helping President Obama pass his American Jobs Act.

"I don't know if it's helpful," Daley said Wednesday according to Slate.com's Dave Weigel.

Daley said Obama's jobs legislation is part of a "broader discussion" on the economy.

"I wouldn't characterize it that way," Daley continued. "Look it: People express their opinions. In the new social network world, they can do it pretty effectively outside the normal way, historically, people have done it. So whether it's helpful to us, or helpful for people to understand in the political system that there are a lot of people out there concerned about the economy -- I know the focus is on Wall Street, but it's a broader discussion that we're having."

In early September Obama proposed his American Jobs Act legislation which includes an extension of the employee payroll tax cut, new infrastructure spending, the establishment of a national infrastructure bank, and additional unemployment insurance benefits.

Recently liberal Democrats voiced support for the ongoing protests by college students and liberal groups like MoveOn.org toward the benefits the country's wealthiest 1 percent (represented by Wall Street) are reaping.

“I’m so proud to see the Occupy Wall Street movement standing up to this rampant corporate greed and peacefully participating in our democracy,” Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) said in a statement on Wednesday.

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