Kucinich calls for larger jobs bill ‘on the scale of a New Deal’

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said Tuesday that President Obama’s jobs bill does not go far enough, and called on lawmakers to do more to boost hiring.

Congress should try and go beyond what the president has proposed and try to do something that would be more on the scale of a New Deal, Kucinich said during a live news appearance at the Capitol, referring to a set of programs funded by the government under Franklin Delano Roosevelt designed to combat poverty after the Great Depression.

The private sector is not creating the jobs; the public sector needs to create them, he said.

Obama is going on the road to promote his jobs-creation proposal. He is scheduled to be in Ohio on Tuesday, appearing near Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) district after speaking in House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) district last week.