H.R.1 - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. view all titles (38)

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  • Popular: Economic stimulus bill as .
  • Short: American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Short: Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act as introduced.
  • Short: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Official: Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Official: Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act as introduced.
  • Short: Health Insurance Assistance for the Unemployed Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Short: HITECH Act as introduced.
  • Short: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as passed house.
  • Short: American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 as passed house.
  • Short: Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act as passed house.
  • Short: Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act as passed house.
  • Short: Health Insurance Assistance for the Unemployed Act of 2009 as passed house.
  • Short: HITECH Act as passed house.
  • Short: Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2009 as passed house.
  • Short: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as passed senate.
  • Short: American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 as passed senate.
  • Short: Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act as passed senate.
  • Short: Cap Executive Officer Pay Act of 2009 as passed senate.
  • Short: Employ American Workers Act as passed senate.
  • Short: Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act as passed senate.
  • Short: Help Families Keep Their Homes Act of 2009 as passed senate.
  • Short: HITECH Act as passed senate.
  • Short: Jobs Accountability Act as passed senate.
  • Short: M-HITECH Act as passed senate.
  • Short: Medicare and Medicaid Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act as passed senate.
  • Short: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as enacted.
  • Short: American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 as enacted.
  • Short: Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act as enacted.
  • Short: Employ American Workers Act as enacted.
  • Short: Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act as enacted.
  • Short: HITECH Act as enacted.
  • Short: Jobs Accountability Act as enacted.
  • Short: TAA Health Coverage Improvement Act of 2009 as enacted.
  • Short: Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 as enacted.
  • Popular: Economic stimulus bill.
  • Short: TAA Health Coverage Improvement Act of 2009 as passed senate.

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  • Comm_reply
    GiveMeLiberty 02/05/2009 4:00pm

    For full disclosure, I did not author the above – it came from a friend of mine. But, it is the best plan I have heard yet. Hope somebody is listening.

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    Anonymous 02/05/2009 6:06pm

    Very impressive. I hope more people like you take this kind of approach, in communicating with our elected officials. If they read the maniacal hysteria posted on this forum day in day out, we are in deep trouble. FOR SURE. Passengers survived the Hudson River miracle due to the calm, precise skill and professionalism of Captain Sullenberger. If we use that example in communicating our plight to our representatives, perhaps they will be more inclined to listen and HEAR what we have to say! Human nature does well with common sense and a respectful approach.

    Well done, Liberty, well done!

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    UserNotLogggedIn 02/06/2009 3:11pm

    I agree.
    I like this.

  • Anonymous 02/05/2009 7:53am

    What will you do?

    Outraged Americans
    It’s being reported already that.. Congress and the White House are being flooded by record amounts of phone calls in the last week by “Outraged Americans” over the “Bill H1”

    They were out-raged with the Bail-out to the banks ..and it didnt make a difference then ..What has CHANGE now ..Nothing ..Congress will do what they want with HR1 too..

  • Anonymous 02/05/2009 8:02am

    What will you do?
    What do you think Outraged Americans are doing ..Congress and the White House are being flooded by record amounts of phone calls ..

    Question is ..What Will They Do ..When their voices are not heard and we go into what is being called now " The Greater Depression "

  • Anonymous 02/05/2009 9:14am

    Our corprate masters would say, push hard sign here! Don’t worry about the context or what it covers, all your questions will be answered during your 1st claim. Besides, it’s only money and most of it is not yours. How many dead people do you see laying around. Trust me!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous 02/05/2009 10:01am

    abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=6811948&page=1

    Reid Says Dems Have Votes to Pass Stimulus
    Great .. Now they can start working on extending EUI weeks

  • Anonymous 02/05/2009 10:02am

    money.cnn.com/2009/02/05/news/economy/jobs_outlook/index.htm
    The jobs problem you don’t know about

    Andrew Reina, practice director for job placement firm Ajilon Finance Solutions, said hiring freezes are now the rule at most companies.

    “A lot of our clients are looking at hiring freezes, certainly in the short term, and most likely through the first half of this year,” he said.

    No 1 is hiring ..Congress needs to start working on extending EUI weeks

  • nancym 02/05/2009 11:27am

    Thanks, OldGuy and GiveMeLiberty. Good points all.

  • Anonymous 02/05/2009 12:39pm

    THE CALIFORNIA REVOLUTION IS STARTING!!!

    “Counties continue to talk of revolting against state”

    Add Colusa and Sacramento Counties to the growing list of local governments threatening a revolt against the state over the budget impasse. As we reported yesterday, Riverside County has voted to sue the state over its decision to defer payments to the counties, LA County has threatened to withhold tax revenue to the state and our own Orange County is at least talking about a suit as well.

    And now the Sacramento Bee is reporting that Colusa County supervisors have decided to delay payments to the state this month while Sacramento County officials are planning a suit of their own. The Bee’s story also notes that representatives of six counties, including Orange, are headed to the State Capitol on Feb. 12 to “call attention to the counties’ plight.”

    http://totalbuzz.freedomblogging.com/2009/02/05/counties-continue-to-talk-of-revolting-against-state/13094

  • Anonymous 02/05/2009 12:41pm

    HR1
    Question is ..What Will They Do ..When their voices are not heard and we go into what is being called now " The Greater Depression

    Answer is ..THE CALIFORNIA REVOLUTION IS STARTING!!!

  • nancym 02/05/2009 12:53pm

    Ok, as if I wasn’t angry enough already, now I’m really angry.

    I just got a call back from my congressman’s office from a legislative aide (at least she was courteous enough to return the call promptly). Since I missed the call I just got the message. I had left her a message asking what was being done about the lack of extended weeks for long term unemployed and all the people who would be left out of the benefits in the stimulus bill, stating that I had read the bill and knew what was in it in this regard. Her message back to me was a crisp reply that that issue was addressed completely in section such and such in the bill, that benefits were being provided, etc., etc., as if she had never heard me say that I’d already read the bill.

    I called back and left another message in reply, repeating what I had said before, that I HAD read the bill, and it does NOT address this issue, and I wanted to find out if possibly there might be a separate bill coming, or maybe an additional effort in final committee to work this out.

    In the end of a string of phone calls I went through my senator’s office, my representative’s office (he’s on the Ways and Means committee), the committee on Education and Labor, and was finally told that the source of that part of the bill was the Ways and Means committee (full circle), which by that time was closed.

    So first phone call tomorrow morning I will start with the Ways and Means committee to see if THEY understand what is actually in the bill THEY wrote!

    I swear, this is like NAFTA, the Patriot Act, No Child Left Behind, you name it, where so many people work on a huge bill and everyone ends up making assumptions about what’s in it, til the day comes when it actually has to be carried out and everyone is shocked at the details and loopholes. [The Senate amendment even has a serious typo in it for Pete’s sake—it says the average UI check is $300 per month! I wonder if that is how they calculated the mere $2400 exemption for taxation in the bill.]

    (I also posted this on the HR 6867 forum.)

    Additional tip: Call the committees or other numbers where you can talk to staff members directly in DC. Email gets filtered like resumes and you get a newsletter response usually. Calls to local offices get recorded and forwarded to a compilation in the DC offices. I’m not saying don’t make the calls and emails, just saying if you want to get a live person, call one of the committees or DC staff. The local state offices can be well meaning but often clueless.

  • Anonymous 02/05/2009 1:10pm

    THE CALIFORNIA REVOLUTION IS STARTING!!!

    “Counties continue to talk of revolting against state”

    Add Colusa and Sacramento Counties to the growing list of local governments threatening a revolt against the state over the budget impasse. As we reported yesterday, Riverside County has voted to sue the state over its decision to defer payments to the counties, LA County has threatened to withhold tax revenue to the state and our own Orange County is at least talking about a suit as well.

    And now the Sacramento Bee is reporting that Colusa County supervisors have decided to delay payments to the state this month while Sacramento County officials are planning a suit of their own. The Bee’s story also notes that representatives of six counties, including Orange, are headed to the State Capitol on Feb. 12 to “call attention to the counties’ plight.”

    http://totalbuzz.freedomblogging.com/2009/02/05/counties-continue-to-talk-of-revolting-against-state/13094

    Go California!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous 02/05/2009 1:11pm

    We The People Of The United States.. Are behind You CALIFORNIA..

  • Anonymous 02/05/2009 1:37pm

    To Heck with HR1,
    “I guess we’re declaring our own Boston Tea Party here in the County of L.A.,” Molina said.
    You Go Molina..Now if the rest of the country would do it ..Our voices would be heard

    www.ocregister.com/articles/county-state-payments-2298135-budget-cns

  • Anonymous 02/05/2009 2:30pm

    MSNBC LINK
    Coming up: Obama to address the House Democratic retreat in Williamsburg, Va.
    THEY ARE HAVING A PARTY RIGHT NOW ..Listining to it ..They all sound tispy!!

    Guess what ..THE PARTY IS OVER

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    Anonymous 02/05/2009 6:17pm

    What is tispy? Sure wish you had been this riled up when Bushwacker was invading Iraq and Darth Vader was giving us the finger saying ’SO WHAT"?

    You Johnny Come Lately ‘revolutionaries’ make me sick.

  • Anonymous 02/05/2009 2:32pm

    Guess what ..THE PARTY IS OVER

    THE CALIFORNIA REVOLUTION IS STARTING!!!

    http://totalbuzz.freedomblogging.com/2009/02/05/counties-continue-to-talk-of-revolting-against-state/13094
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    Anonymous 02/06/2009 7:29am

    Furlough Fridays begin for Calif. state workers

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gVKofKbtJ2gCh_9py0AYsipjglpAD96610980

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    Anonymous 02/06/2009 8:13am

    Who cares? Many industries have instituted pay cuts for their employees and they don’t get 2 days a month off, they have to work with the pay cut. Everyone has to do their part. If it means taking a 10% pay cut so other can retain their job or other can become employed again, so be it.

    I’ve done it before during hard times and I would do it again if I was gainfully employed.

  • Anonymous 02/06/2009 5:10am

    abcnews.go.com/Business/Economy/story?id=6815373&page=1
    Barely Surviving on Unemployment Pay

    Her unemployment ran out late last month and, without a government extension – like the one being proposed by Congress – she’s not quite sure what she’ll do

    She must have used up her (Tier 1) if she ran out of benefits last month (as most people on tier 1 did ran out of benefits in Jan.) and it’s being reporterd the extension being proposed by Congress is going to help her

    How is extension being proposed by Congress going to help her ..they are just extending the program ..not the weeks of EUI

  • Anonymous 02/06/2009 7:24am

    I just called Charles Rangel, Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means. I spoke to one of his staff and asked what the commitee was doing for the long-term unemployed. I told him I have read H.R. 1 and all it does is move tier 2 from 3/09 to 12/09 and increases the benefit amount by $25 per week. If anyone is interested I have posted the correct contact information to actualy speak to a human being.

    http://waysandmeans.house.gov/contact.asp

    Committee on Ways & Means
    U.S. House of Representatives
    1102 Longworth House Office Building
    Washington D.C. 20515

    Phone: (202) 225-3625
    Fax: (202) 225-2610

  • Anonymous 02/06/2009 7:26am

    Good articles on the unemployment numbers released today!:

    Labor market has worst month since recession began
    By Heidi Shierholz
    http://www.epi.org/publications/entry/jobspict_20090206/

    STATEMENT BY CHAD STONE, CHIEF ECONOMIST, ON THE JANUARY EMPLOYMENT REPORT
    http://www.cbpp.org/2-6-09ui-stmt.htm
    Great charts Mr. Stone!

    NELP Press Release:
    http://www.nelp.org/page/-/UI/January2009StatementJobsFINAL.pdf

  • Anonymous 02/06/2009 7:27am

    Opps! I just called Charles Rangel, Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means. I was able to speak to one of his staff and asked what the committee was doing for the long-term unemployed. I told him I have read H.R. 1 and all it does is move EUC tier 2 benefits from 3/09 to 12/09 and increases the benefit amount by $25 per week. It does nothing for over 3 million American who have lost their jobs and been unable to find work. If anyone wants to get mad please call or email this committee. I have posted the correct link or contact information. Although this employed person was sympathetic, currently those of us who have been hurt by this economy the longest are currently expendable surplus as part of this Stimulus Bill. Do your civic duty and more importantly at least try and stand up for yourself.

    http://waysandmeans.house.gov/contact.asp

    Committee on Ways & Means
    U.S. House of Representatives
    1102 Longworth House Office Building
    Washington D.C. 20515

    Phone: (202) 225-3625
    Fax: (202) 225-2610

  • Anonymous 02/06/2009 8:33am
    February 6, 2009

    Bob Cesca
    Operation Zero Cred
    You’ve probably noticed that the debate swirling around the president’s recovery bill has reached new levels of mortal terror and chaos. Even a casual excursion around the liberal tubes and you’ll find posts that read like the worst parts of the Bible. There’s a palpable vibe in many progressive circles that the president is on the brink of an epic fail.

    After all, this is one of those do-or-die moments in American history and the panic level is rightly proportional.

    But while urgency is appropriate, we’re losing the initiative.

    We all have our own ideas about what the recovery bill is supposed to look like. The Republicans are threatening to filibuster, and we can’t trust Harry Reid to stop them. Rush Limbaugh, the very serious leader of the Republican Party and alleged sex tourist, has ordered his dittoheads to blitz the Democrats with angry phone calls. Concurrently, Democrats, liberals and progressives, for all we’ve learned in the last eight years, are losing the framing battle — “stimulus package” sounds like a weird service offered at a porn store and, in that context, a trillion dollar “stimulus package” sounds, you know, painful. Meanwhile, centrist Democrats like Ben Nelson appear to be ransacking the bill. Other Democrats have bugged out of Washington entirely.

    We’re looking at fire and brimstone coming down from the skies. Forty years of darkness. The dead rising from the grave! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!

    Come to think of it, some of that Ghostbusters stuff might actually come true if a beefy and expensive recovery bill isn’t passed, and right soon.

    So how do we get there?

    The first step in getting a handle on all of this mayhem is to understand that this is unprecedented in terms of size, scope and strategy — only rivaled by the New Deal. Then again, for all of the obstacles he faced, FDR didn’t have to negotiate his way through cable news, a hostile press, far-right talk radio, the blogotubes and an army of dittoheads taking their orders from an impotent burnout whose stated goal is the failure of the economy. In other words, while there are very smart economic solutions being pitched by Paul Krugman and others, the price tag, politics, optics, media and discourse are all brand new.

    This is massive, this is complicated, this is unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

    Nevertheless, the president hasn’t faded, which is good considering the Herculean enormity of what’s confronting him. President Obama, as we witnessed throughout the campaign, has a narrative build and a cadence in his speech-making that’s almost perfectly duplicated in how he leads and how he manages a crisis. And based on his public appearances this week, he’s actually gaining strength — amplifying his voice and fortifying his position.

    The second step is the big one. The progressive netroots have yet to seriously blitz Congress on this thing. The central reason for this lack of activism was summarized by Chris Bowers and Atrios who are asking: If we blitz Congress, what the hell do we support exactly? There are so many ideas in terms of what the recovery bill should look like, which iteration do we get behind?

    There are obviously no easy answers. But regardless of the differing ideas about the details of the recovery bill, there’s one thing that most of us can agree about: the Republicans can’t be trusted on the economy and they can’t be trusted to meddle with the recovery bill.

    The president wrote in the Washington Post today:

    In recent days, there have been misguided criticisms of this plan that echo the failed theories that helped lead us into this crisis… I reject those theories…
    In addition to being a clear message to Congress, this sounds like a mission statement — for the administration and for us. Reject the Republican economic theories.

    To that point, there’s no debating the Republican record on the economy. Their allegiance to Reaganomics and free market deregulation have led us to the brink of, well, dogs and cats living together and mass hysteria.

    Nevertheless, there they are on cable news and the Sunday shows acting as if they know something. At the same time, they’ve proved themselves to be dishonest, bad-fath actors in this thing. They’ve spread lies about fake CBO reports, while also ignoring an actual CBO report on the Senate bill indicating that it would, in fact, succeed in stimulating economic growth. They’ve spread lies about nonexistent ACORN line items in the bill — line items that only exist inside of Michelle Malkin’s twisted dome. I mean, they met with Joe the Plumber on the Hill this week to discuss the economy. Joe the Plumber. About the economy. Because they’re very serious people who ought to be taken very seriously.

    And so they should be summarily shut out of this process — whether or not the president wants them out.

    The Republicans have zero cred.

    And that’s the message we can unify around: ZERO CRED.

    Operation Zero Cred.

    From there, considering the unprecedented dollar amount of the recovery bill, it might be impossible to herd every cat. But perhaps, in the process, we’ll at least marginalize the Republicans just a little more. And that will surely mean a larger, more robust recovery bill.

    So as the saying goes: We are the ones we’ve been waiting for, and all that.

    Don’t write or send e-mails. Written screeds can be conveniently lost, deleted or shredded. Telephones, on the other hand, make loud beeping and ringing noises and you’ll know right away that there’s a real life human being on the other end of the line who has to listen to what you have to say.

    Phone numbers for your senators here. Phone numbers for your congressmember here.

    The message:

    “The Republicans have zero credibility on the economy.”
    Paraphrase President Obama:

    “Please reject the Republican theories that got us into this mess in the first place.”
    Feel free to toss in the following:

    “Make the Republicans stand and filibuster if they want to filibuster. No cloture votes!
    Don’t get into specific details of the bill. Our message needs to be consistent and unified: Zero Cred. The Republicans have zero credibility. We reject their ideas and we reject their theories.

    Let’s do this.

    BobCesca.com

  • Anonymous 02/06/2009 9:04am

    stimulus draft..will not create jobs for us ..and does not extended weeks of benefits.. BUT BANKS ARE GOING TO BE GETTING TRILLIONS OF MORE DOLLARS

    Commentary: Wait till you see the next bailout

    President Obama is being forced to provide a bank bailout because of the banks’ dirty little secret
    Thus, a bailout, with those assets stuffed into a so-called “bad bank” owned by the taxpayer, could require potentially trillions of taxpayer dollars

  • Anonymous 02/06/2009 10:05am

    this stimulus bill never had or ever will help those who are ending or ended EUC go to HR6867 we need to fight for them to have a amendment added to HR6867 for additional extensions of EUC this is the only chance

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    Anonymous 02/06/2009 10:53am

    I agree the american recovery act will noting to help the economy. As far as the unemployment emergency extensions goes why do they keep reporting on all the news sites that this bill will provide an extension of emergency unemploment benefits . It is only putting some money into the already established fund. It is for new people that are filing now . It does not provide for another extension for people who can not find work, and their current extensions are either running out, or have run out. I have worked for 30 years and have never had to go on unemployment until now. It is not the case of not wanting to go back to work. They need to revise this bill for another extension.

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    Anonymous 02/06/2009 11:57am

    Very well said!

  • jeremy_neel 02/06/2009 11:59am

    I went into reading this thing as neutrally as possible, and I’ve discovered that almost everything in the bill can in some fashion create or sustain a job. I disagree strongly with Division A, Title 1, Section 1112 (the Blagojevich condition). Such politics should NOT be in this kind of bill. I’m dissapointed in the Democrats for having even thought it. It should be struck in the Senate even though it is a moot point now. I could give it my full support if it was smaller. Perhaps we should cut the smallest items and leave the bulk of it with the streamers cut away.


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