Vilsack Promotes Jobs Bill

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is in the middle of a multi-state speaking tour promoting the benefits of President Obama’s Jobs Bill. Vilsack’s tour coincides with discussions over the creation of several major agricultural projects.

Vilsack’s latest stop was in Nevada, which many political commentators believe could play a major role in the 2012 election. Ostensibly, Vilsack was there to promote a federal project that would build a recycling plant, which would produce jet fuel for the military. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced over half a billion dollars in federal grants to create and expand biofuel refineries.

Vilsack believes that rural states like Nevada could be ideally situated to take advantage of these federal grants.

In addition to promoting biofuels, Vilsack stressed the importance of President Obama’s Jobs Bill, stating that it would cut taxes for tens of thousands of businesses, create up to 2,000 construction jobs, and extend unemployment benefits.

Nevada is not the only state Vilsack has visited. Earlier this month, he spoke in New Mexico, claiming that, “The American Jobs Act provides common-sense steps we can take right now to spur spending; hiring and put more money in the pockets of working Americans, without adding a dime to the deficit.”

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer