By Geneva Sands - 09/15/11 05:30 PM EDT
In a speech at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's awards gala Wednesday, President Obama pitched his jobs proposal as a solution to the high unemployment rate within the Latino community.
He told the audience that the future of the country is tied to how well the Latino community fares — and that the reverse is also true.
"At a time when countries like China are building high-speed rail lines and gleaming new airports, we've got over a million unemployed construction workers, many of them Latino, who could be doing the same thing right here in the United States. That's not right … That's why Congress should pass this bill right away," he said.
Obama touted tax cuts for working families in his jobs proposal, saying it will benefit 25 million Latino workers. He slammed members of Congress in his speech, claiming they were fighting to keep tax breaks for wealthy Americans.