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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 5, 2004

Fact Sheet: America's Workforce: Ready for the 21st Century

      In Focus: Jobs and Economy

"These are exciting times for our country. It's a time of amazing change. The economy is changing. The world is changing…We need to make sure government changes with the times, and to work for America's working families." - President George W. Bush, July 30, 2004

Today's Presidential Action:

The Challenge: More Parents are Working than Ever Before

Today's workforce has changed dramatically over the last fifty years. More parents are working now than ever before.

President Bush's Plan: Promoting Flexibility in the Workplace

Many of the Nation's labor laws were designed a generation ago. Provisions in these laws do not fit today's changing workplace, and do not give workers the flexibility to spend more time with their families. For some families, the most valuable commodity is extra time, and these families should have options.


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