Hare supports economic stimulus package to put Americans back to work

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

 Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) voted for an $819 billion stimulus package that will create millions of jobs and lead us on the path to economic recovery. It passed by a vote of 244-188.

"The announcement Monday that some of America's largest companies would slash an additional 75,000 jobs was the latest bad news for an economy that is teetering on the brink of disaster," Hare said. "This package will help stop the hemorrhaging and put more Americans back to work."

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is a package of spending and tax relief that is expected to create three to four million jobs. It includes investments in education, health care, clean energy, and infrastructure, including nearly $2 billion for Illinois roads, bridges, and clean water projects. It gives direct tax relief to 95 percent of American workers.

The package fully funds No Child Left Behind, includes money for special education and school construction, expands broadband Internet access in rural communities, increases assistance for job training and college tuition, and invests in healthcare IT to lower costs and save lives. It also incorporates strong "Buy America" provisions for steel and textiles so stimulus funds are used to create American jobs and benefit American workers.

It provides relief to those hardest hit in the current economy by extending unemployment insurance, increasing food stamps and Medicaid, and bolstering Social Security for low-income seniors.

Finally, the plan includes several important layers of accountability. Investments funded, total costs, and program managers will all be posted publicly on a website created by President Obama. In addition, several oversight agencies will review each funding decision in an effort to prevent waste and fraud.

"If the federal government can provide relief to banks and other financial institutions, working families deserve the same support," Hare said. "Investing in them is the quickest way to get our economy back on track."