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Middle Class Task Force Planned

Members of President-elect Barack Obama's team announced the creation of a middle class task force, to be led by Vice President-elect Joe Biden. The goal, said Domestic Policy Council director Melody Barnes, is to "make sure that hardworking families are rewarded and also make sure we're talking to them."

Barnes said the task force will look at things including schools - both modernizing buildings and creating a "21st-century learning environment" - and health care. She said they want to create the most efficient and effective system in the world and mentioned using technology to help make that happen.

Former Treasury secretary Larry Summers addressed the president-elect's plans, saying that the effectiveness of the new administration's spending will be measured and evaluated. Summers said the goal of spending is to accomplish two crucial things at once: put people back to work and lay the groundwork for future prosperity.

-Terri Rupar

By Terri Rupar  |  December 23, 2008; 12:11 PM ET
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