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Barack Obama

Obama aide says targeted steps on economy "essential"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Austan Goolsbee, a senior adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama, said on Friday that further targeted steps to help the U.S. economy were “essential.”

“It is essential that we take the additional targeted actions that the president has recommended to further stimulate growth and job creation,” Goolsbee, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said in a blog on the administration’s web site.

He listed such measures as extending the tax cuts for the middle class and business tax breaks for businesses that Obama has previously proposed.

Writing by Caren Bohan; Editing by Vicki Allen

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