S.1 - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

A bill to create jobs, restore economic growth, and strengthen America's middle class through measures that modernize the nation's infrastructure, enhance America's energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need, and for other purposes. view all titles (3)

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  • Official: A bill to create jobs, restore economic growth, and strengthen America's middle class through measures that modernize the nation's infrastructure, enhance America's energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Popular: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Short: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as introduced.

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    Anonymous 02/12/2009 6:20pm

    It creates jobs which is what many of us need right now, not to mention it dramatically improves the quality of patient care. Having a degree in the medical profession and working at many private and federal facilities I am totally for online medical records.

  • gentlemanbill 02/13/2009 6:16am

    Against the wishes of a majority of the voters in his disctrict, Rep. Space voted FOR this stinking rotting corpse of a bill. It will do next to nothing to assist constituents in his district, but he persists in his support of this bill. Zombie-like, he just follows his leaders. While the State of Ohio has reduced funding for local schools, Space continues to insist that this bill will actually increase the number of people who will have college opportunities. He has failed to explain how lack of state school funding in the lowest income areas can increase the number of students able to attend college. This bill shouldn’t even be dealing with school funding for college students. This is allegedly (but not truthfully) an economy-stimulating bill. How does funding 178,000 college students increase jobs for Ohioans? Rep. Space hasn’t quite explained that as yet – probably because he can’t. It’s all voodoo economics deja vue. The bill is just BAD! Why then, does this representative vote FOR it when his constituents are AGAINST it? I believe it’s because he thinks we’re just simply not intelligent or smart enough to understand that he and his ilk know best what’s good for their “little, ignorant, uneducated, and silly” children. It’s just SO unfortunate that he was recently re-elected. We have to live with this patronizing treatment until he runs again. Meanwhile, he and his ilk are spending taxes that will be a burden for the next 50 years or so. This is just criminal in my opinion, but he and his pals just go along nonchalantly taxing and spending, taxing and spending, until we’re all slaves of the government. God help us all – it’s for sure guys like this won’t!

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    Anonymous 02/13/2009 7:02am

    Do you think the current and future weight of his checkbook and wallet have anything to do with it! I do, and he needs help carrying his around Washington, like so many others.

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    Anonymous 02/13/2009 7:09am

    There is no corruption in Washington. Come on, look at how great everything is.

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    Analemma 02/13/2009 7:18am

    I turned on the radio this morning and heard that the latest 1000-page incarnation of the bill was released last night at 11 p.m. EST, and the Senate is supposed to vote on it today. According to the show host, in order to just READ the bill, one would have to read at a rate of 2.5 pages per minute. It’s likely that no one in the Senate or in Congress even knows what’s in it, let alone understands its ramifications, yet they’re clamoring to pass it. As far as I have been able to determine, the full text of the bill is not available to the public, even though Obama said such things should be available for public inspection at least four days before they’re voted on in either house. It’s a disgrace, and it makes Obama’s promises of openness in government look rather empty.

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    Anonymous 04/06/2009 6:32pm

    The Republicans cut raxes and spend money – increasing the size of the debt service to our nation. Where was your outrage then? And when are you going to pay the $34,000 you owe me for starting an occupation on foreign soil?

    Thankfully, the Democrats are now in charge, and will reamin so for a long, long time. The majority of Americans agree that the conservative philosophy is a cancer on America.

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  • Anonymous 02/15/2009 3:46am

    MOney has been the problem and therefore can not be the answer. America needs to produce ourselves out of this mess not spend our way into crisis!

  • Anonymous 02/15/2009 8:37am

    Can anyone help me locate a copy of the final Simulus plan? I have looked on Whitehouse.gov, Politico, and Glenn Beck web pages. Can anyone point me in the right direction? ONE AMERICA

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    saintc 02/15/2009 12:15pm

    This is the closest most complete I have found thus far.


  • saintc 02/15/2009 9:06am

    I have yet to meet a single person in support of this stimulus package. I can also think of a million ways in which this money could be better spent. This is a problem that you cannot throw money at to solve. If any jobs at all will be created therefrom, they wont last because the root of this problem lies in two elements: 1. We have allowed this nation to lose its manufacturing base (shipped it overseas) and 2. The simple lack of confidence of the American people in both the government and corporate America both having completely lost touch with the American people. (an example of which being the heads of America automakers flying to congress in private jets)

  • Anonymous 02/15/2009 8:02pm

    I think it is shameful that not one of our congressmen or senators have read this bill before passing it. I realize that their staff reads the information, but on a bill this huge and important, I believe that they should have read it themselves with a highlighter or red pen so they could have crossed out all the crap before passing this HUGE bill. I also think they should have given enough time for the American people to have been given a chance to read the bill and done the same thing, then have time for them to contact their elected officials and let them know exactly what they thought of the bill. I am truly disappointed in our congressmen, senators, and the President. There was no bipartisan ship in this bill and the President has already announced that he will sign this bill on Tuesday. Anybody want to bet he hasn’t read it either?

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    saintc 02/16/2009 1:56am

    If they, or we, had actually been able to actually read the bill, it probably would have been tossed out. The only way to get it passed was to throw fear tactics and propaganda into the media, creating a pseudo-urgency. The same way they got the Patriot Act passed. Bypassing the system with false fear. I totally agree that the bulk of these partisan politicians need to be replaced with real representatives.

  • Anonymous 02/17/2009 8:26am

    This would cause even more small businesses to fold. Federal Minimum Wage Increase Would to $9.50 per hour by 2011 Indexed to inflation, the minimum wage would be adjusted yearly and many small business will not be able to take this kind of hit. You think people are getting layed off now? Just wait til those “so called new jobs” can’t be serviced by small businesses. I am a business owner. Last time Minmun wage hit I had to cut hours and jobs in half. it almost put me out of business becasue it increased my payroll thousands of dollars.

  • chiefadfp 02/17/2009 3:19pm

    i like to know really?

    1.) person without of work place to have a income to have a job!

    A.) how they going to get an bank loan or an credit card without a job, banks will laugh at them you need what?

    B.) credited rating going down hill do to they don’t have money to pay for bills they get, do to they are out of work.

    C.) they push out of their home do to can’t make the payment!

    med or low income family can’t do a thing!

    Government can’t make money! they take taxes in to support the government! with a large business base line there no large money flow into government

  • MissDollie 02/23/2009 1:31pm

    It,s great we will have better roads to haul the chines imports to the east coast

  • traviswineberg 02/24/2009 4:22pm

    Not sure what the government can do. Look at all the money it has poored into large companies and because they can’t manage themselves they are asking for more. Our dollar weakens with each similar bill that gets passed. None of this will truly help our Economy. It will be the effort of a companies competitiveness. Things got real hard on us for many different reasons. Gas was going up faster than we could keep up. And property values were doing the same. When that happened it cost more to do things we like to do and cost more to drive anywhere. So people made an improvission and took public transportation. And with the threat of gas rising fast again I see a huge market for companies to compete. For property, well that one is a tough one. The only way for that to go down will be the lack of sales forcing reality companies to lower prices just to be able to make that sale. This country has problems in Economics right now that are way beyond the government.

  • awhite81 03/06/2009 9:18am

    This bill is supposed to “make supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization”

    My wife’s pay was reduced as an additional $980 annually was taken out of her current $30k salary because of THIS bill alone. Let me ask the misinformed members of Congress who voted FOR this bill…

    How do you preserve jobs along with establish state and local fiscal stabilization when my wife and I have less money to spend and stimulate our local economy???

    If you morons who keep taking our fruits of labor want to “stimulate the economy”, then REDUCE TAXES. Allow us to KEEP the money we earned. Then we will in turn spend it, thus stimulating the economy and establish LOCAL FISCAL STABILITY. Taking money OUT OF OUR COMMUNITY through tax dollars is MAKING THINGS WORSE.

    WAKE UP!!! Listen to the people for a change, and GIVE US OUR MONEY BACK!!!

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    Anonymous 04/06/2009 6:41pm

    Tax cuts don’t stimulate the economy. They do buy votes. Look at how many extra votes the Republicans paid for by cutting taxes on the wealthiest.

  • readmywritings 03/06/2009 9:19pm

    How about a $40,000 stimulus to every tax paying household??? Let’s see….I’d get a new roof, buy a new Harley, buy some CD investments, take an actual vacation…. WOW, I would STIMULATE THE ECONOMY, IDIOTS!!!

  • ZAPEM 03/14/2009 12:33pm

    OH GOD! Not again! More spending, more crybabies who think they’re entitled to apron-string government being their mommy. Where does it END!!!! Get off my paycheck and go work cleaning houses if you have to! Talk about freeloading BUMS!

  • saintc 03/18/2009 10:06am

    A paragraph found in Section 111 of this bill allowing AIG to use funds provided by this bail out bill to pay millions of bonuses to high level AIG executives. AIG contributed over 100,000 dollars to the political campaign of Barack Obama and also passed some bonus cash to Senator Chris Dodd, both in brutal support of this bill.

    Let me remind the readers of this post that this is the same company that threw a very expensive post-bail-out party at a 5-Star resort hotel two weeks after they received an 85 billion dollar bailout last October. Now they are paying big bonuses to these same executives? What the hell?

    Obama, in a brief press meeting this morning, snowed the issue by bringing up education for Christ’s sake! What the hell yet again?

    There is some SERIOUS FRAUD taking place both at AIG and on capitol hill!

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    ZAPEM 03/20/2009 3:30pm

    Get a tab for the White House parties being conducted every week and the Happy Hours too while you’re at it. Because no one is adding that all up.

  • saintc 03/18/2009 10:06am
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    Despite what is broadcast on news programs and mentioned in political speeches, the bloody economy will NOT collapse if AIG goes under, nor will it collapse if GM goes under. For Christ’s sake, we survived a hell of a lot worse than a few multi-billion dollar companies filing chapter 11. I think it would be best for them to crash, the executives would get what they earned and well deserve. NOTHING but an unemployment insurance application.

    Some smart American entrepreneur would step up and fill that void by creating a new company to take the place of AIG, GM, and whoever else goes belly up. As has happened in this free economy since the signing of the Declaration of Independence!

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    ZAPEM 03/20/2009 3:29pm

    And just how are they inclined to start any business in this country when Obama and his cronies are threatening them with the burden of the taxes everytime they do anything around here? Where do you think your JOBS come from? Poor people? Obama hates the rich and he’s doing a good job convincing you to hate them too.

    Enjoy your poverty, America!

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    Anonymous 04/06/2009 6:46pm

    Small businesses will still make a profit, it will just take longer to accumulate wealth. Businesses will have to pay a living wage, and if they choose to not compete, they will be driven out of business.

    We stimulate the economy by cutting tases for wage earning individuals, and raising taxes on businesses. Businesses do not need food and shelter to survive = people do.

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    scottjumps 01/22/2010 11:31am

    The only problem is our government won’t cut taxes on anyone. Businesses use their money to expand and create more jobs, we need to stop the false belief that all business is bad and are just keeping all of the money. Sure there are always a few, but business and the jobs and money they move are what makes America what it is!

  • saintc 03/18/2009 10:11am

    This bail out issue is really starting to look like Congressman whoever saving the financial hand that feeds Congressman whoever! Better get on the stick ladies and gentlemen of the Congress, lose the politics and get real about running this Nation else your next term may well be spent pumping non-existent gasoline at our local service station!

  • kgotjesus2001 03/25/2009 4:34am

    Things are getting way out of hand with our gov’t. They are not listening. We have got to MAKE them hear us! Any suggestions? I write my congressmen almost daily and I get an automated response email or letter. I’m sick of this! Is anyone else as tired as I am? It seems that others are speaking out as well with no response. Our gov’t officials are supposed to work for us! I am attending a ‘TEA Party’ on April 15th but who’s to say that will work? I think we need a revolt! If everyone in America stopped paying taxes would they listen? I think they would have to! We could all claim married and 9 and then refuse to pay. I don’t think that is unAmerican. I think it is revolution in its greatest, loudest form! What do you all think???? They can’t arrest the entire nation! Can they?

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    Anonymous 04/06/2009 6:49pm

    Why is it that the law abiding citizens are the first to encourage others to break the law? Maybe their selfishness and self centeredness has finally come to the surface.

    Refuse to pay yoour taxes, and expect a large fine. The Republicans cut the staff at the IRS and SEC. The Democrats have doubled it.

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