The jobs bill on its way to the president's desk will not help the black community, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said today.
The $18 billion legislation, which the Senate passed this morning, consists mainly of tax breaks for small businesses.
"The problem in the African-American community I don't think will be helped a lot by that bill," Cummings, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.
The Maryland Democrat said that while he supports the tax credits, the Black Caucus will also be pushing for legislation sponsored by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, that focuses on impoverished communities and helps retrain workers.
The CBC has expressed frustration that the administration's priorities haven't done enough to help the minority unemployment rate. Cummings said Obama reassured the caucus in a meeting last week that he understands their concerns.
"I think the president is very supportive of our efforts based upon what he said," Cummings said.