Excerpts from the Press Gaggle by Scott McClellan, April 5, 2004 (Full Transcript)QUESTION: On jobs training real quick, is this basically -- what he's announcing today -- an effort to influence the conference that will happen between the House and the Senate on the bill that's already passed both houses?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, it's -- what he's doing is outlining a -- what is a bold proposal to make sure that our workers have the skills they need to fill the high-paying, high-growth jobs of the 21st century. The economy is moving in the right direction. Certainly Friday's jobs numbers were powerful confirmation that our economy is growing stronger. But there is more to do. That's why the President outlined his six-point plan to create as robust an environment for job creation as possible. But we also need to recognize that we are in a changing economy where productivity is high. And that's a good thing.
But at the same time, there are a lot of high-growth sectors in this economy where we need to make sure workers have the skills to fill those jobs.
QUESTION: -- he wants to work through is this bill that's passed both houses and it's awaiting a confirmation?
MR. McCLELLAN: We talked about that on the background conference call yesterday. They kind of addressed some of those issues about where that is. It's in the conference now. And the President, of course, has already proposed the $250 million in additional resources for community colleges to help lead to the doubling of the number of workers trained through the federal worker -- work force training programs.