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 02/04/2009 7:32pm

    And what if they don’t? Are you going to blow up another Federal building, Homegrown?

  • boompa 02/04/2009 3:26pm

    “That cab has a dent in it. Another dent here, another dent there.”

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    Anonymous 02/04/2009 5:28pm

    Take it to the body shop?! Duh!

  • Anonymous 02/04/2009 8:36pm

    Why do we have to keep hearing about tax cuts? If one thing has been proved for all time it is deficits matter. Now Republicans cry about spending after selling out the farm. Unbelievable. Supply Side Trickle Down Economics is dead. Go visit the display in the Reagan Library and leave it the past. Let’s move on. At this point they are nothing but obstructionists and not patriots looking out for the good of the country. Just tired old fools clinging onto to their ideology because they know if things turn around under Obama they are done forever.

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    Anonymous 02/05/2009 1:04am

    America experienced it highest growth rate in history under reagan 7.2% in 84

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    Anonymous 02/05/2009 7:27am

    And it’s highest surge of homelessness. In fact it has been pretty concretely proved this country did not have a homeless problem until Reagan cut off all the programs that kept people off the street. He even cut off poor kid’s school lunches and said ketchup was a vegetable and they could eat that for lunch! The debunking of this man’s myth has begun because the post is right. These Reaganomics is why we are bankrupt today. He ushered in the greed is good mentality that literally has taken down this country.

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    Anonymous 02/06/2009 2:36am

    The homelessness increased not because of Regan’s policies but was due to a ruling that the mentally ill could not be kept in mental institutions against their will. Have you ever noticed how crazy most, not all, but most homeless people sound. New York City is full of them. They walk around talking to themselves, etc.

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    Anonymous 02/05/2009 9:31am

    Yeah good old Reaganomics. The beginning of the “Greed is Good” mindset. Really worked well didn’t it? Reagan was a marginal president at best. History is much kinder to him than he was to the future of America.

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    Anonymous 02/06/2009 2:43am

    Do you not think that politicians are greedy? I would guarantee that every Senator and Representative is weathly. If they weren’t before election, they are now. Why is it so okay for them to take more of your money and someone else’s money. I live in New York, one of the highest taxed states. How do you think this stimulus package is going to be paid for? Not through what you are paying right now. We will have to pay more to pay it off. Not all businessmen are greedy. There are probably millions of them that never make the news. Only the aggregious offenses make the news. The media rarely reports on the good things that businesses do. Businesses are made up of people. By saying businesses are greedy you are implying everyone that works for that business is greedy. Plus, I believe if you want more government programs, then you should voluntarily pony up more money. I work for the New York State government. There is so must waste and petty politics. However, the government is a monopoly versus businesses. If you don’t like a businesses ethics, you can usually find plenty of alternatives. Not so with the government. Politicians seemt to be by nature egolomaniacs, beware of them. They probably truly believe they are doing the right thing but I don’t believe they can be fully trusted.

  • Anonymous 02/04/2009 10:55pm

    Lets bail out Wall Street and the Auto Industry and the Big Banks! Let the middle class go to hell and then we can have the perfect world! Congress can pass a trillion dollar tarp fund to give out big bonuses and name ball parks, but cant pass a lesser amouunt for middle America?

  • Anonymous 02/04/2009 11:05pm

    Unemployment extension runs out shortly for millions of Americans-if there is no extension for all,nothing they do in Congress will help! People do not have money for food and clothing-let alone buying new cars and houses.They can cut tax rates for businesses all they want-they will just hire cheaper help and the standard of living will be lowered greatly! Why dont they just eliminate federal income tax from paychecks,send out rebate checks,and have tax free holidays?

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    Anonymous 02/05/2009 1:05am

    300,000 of us ran out in the last 3 weeks

  • Anonymous 02/05/2009 2:50am

    New jobs report out for last week-Wake up congress and fix this problem first!

  • Anonymous 02/05/2009 3:02am

    msnbc web site
    BREAKING NEWS: Initial jobless claims surge more than expected to 626,000; continuing claims set new record

    As jobless soars .. Congress needs to Extend Ui weeks now ..I can’t find a job now ..And it doesn’t look likes it’s getting or will get better by April..People that ran out of Tier 1 are suffering right now ..needlessly..They need help now !!!!

  • Anonymous 02/05/2009 4:34am

    Out of work? Stimulus bill will help

    Stimulus bill is not helping people that have ran out of EUI Tier 1 benefits now and have gone 3 weeks without income nor will this help people whos EUI runs out in April !!!!

  • chadlupkes 02/05/2009 11:40am

    My comment is that this bill should be balanced budget-wise. We should raise taxes to pay for the stimulus. Reverse the Reagan tax cuts, and pay off the debt over the next 8 years, starting now.

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    Anonymous 02/06/2009 2:47am

    Why don’t we just cut federal programs to the bone, keep the same tax rates, and pay off the debt? Why do we have to keep increasing government spending? Everyone says that Clinton had surpluses but this was only the result of the balanced budget amendment that was passed during his term. Whatever happened to that amendment? We desparately need one.

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    Anonymous 02/06/2009 4:29pm

    The surplus was do to spending money that formally had to be kept in the unemployment trust fund,, they changed the law so they could use the SS funds for things other then SS, in other words they “borrowed” money from the SS trust to balance the budget that money has not been paid back yet.

  • Anonymous 02/06/2009 2:31am

    The problem with this package is that is will only benefit those areas the construction is going on whereas an accross the board tax cut would help everyone paying taxes. I empathize with the unemployed. I was unemployed but I took temp work until I found a job. I made a lot less than before I lost my job but I still made more than unemployment. Swallow your pride, take whatever job you can get.

  • Anonymous 02/06/2009 2:56am

    Everyone wants to blame Bush for the what happened but we need to look at ourselves. We spent money we didn’t have, we bought cars we couldn’t afford, we bought houses we couldn’t afford, etc. Then to matter matters worse, the government and businesses spent money it didn’t have. We need to go back to a society where we have money to pay for things and not use credit. When we do this, the economy of course will contract because people won’t be buying things they can’t afford. In time things will level off and then the economy will grow at a nice slow steady pace. We are so spoiled with the economy growing fast. Why do we need that to happen? Why can’t we be satisfied with a slow growing economy. Everyone is to blame for this economy. We walk around so self absorbed with our lives, we keep reelecting the same people to government that squander our taxes, and we are okay with people making $10 to $100 of millions of dollars for supposedly running a company that would probably run on its own with them. Any one in charge from the president to a CEO, their only job really is to make sure stupid things aren’t done to ruin things. Right now it is still who you know and how much you pander to people in terms of getting to be president or CEO. It really in not based on ethical behavior and hard work. Bush was not perfect and neither will Obama be. The question is do you believe in increasing or decreasing the size of governemnt, whether you want government to tell you what to do or whether you would rather make your own decisions and then you have to sink or swim with the results without expecting everyone else to have to bail you out.

  • Anonymous 02/06/2009 3:04am

    With the new unemployment numbers out today, our congress is not dumb enough to let the long term unemployed go with nothing-are they?!!There will be no jobs in all of 2009!

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    Anonymous 02/06/2009 10:38am
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    Seems to me that the bill is nothing but a credit card for the government. All the states and companies are taking advantage of this new government credit card being paid by the taxpayers. After everyone has tapped out this new government credit card congress will increase the limit on this credit card so that everyone can keep charging to it.

  • Anonymous 02/06/2009 10:43am

    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.


    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

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    Patriots 02/06/2009 4:58pm

    The stats I posted on the H.R.1 board here could be helpful to use, and see how they could possibly give an answer to them.

  • Anonymous 02/06/2009 10:52am

    I think the American public is finally fed up! To take your thoughts one step further consider this. Why couldn’t the Legislative branch essentially absorb the responsibilities of the Presidency and executive branch of government. This would consist of a streamlined body of elected representative, an equal number from each state, forming the new legislature, which would be known simply as the Senate. The “party” system of Democrats, Republican, Independents, et al., would uncomplicate itself into Liberals and Conservative, who will debate and vote on each proposed bill and law in nationally televised sessions. Requirements for Senate candidates would be stringent and continuously monitored. For example, senators would be prohibitied from having any past or present salaried position with any company that has ever had or might ever have a professional or contractual connection to federal, state, or local government, and each senator must submit to random drug and alcohol testing throughout his or her term! Wouldn’t the long-term effects of this reorganized government and closely examined body of lawmakers be a return of legislative accountability and public trust? State Governments would operate as smaller mirror images of the national senate!

  • Anonymous 02/06/2009 11:12am

    What a melt down! When we all end up running around trying to find something to eat and a warm place to rest, I got news for those responsible for this disaster. If they think they are going to have privledges at the gut pile, boy are they in for a big surprise. When money has no value anymore these idiots in Washingon will end up being the first gut piles.

  • Anonymous 02/06/2009 5:56pm

    maybe this is what they are giving the unemployed,

    A BILL

    To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish national emergency centers on military installations.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


    This Act may be cited as the ‘National Emergency Centers Establishment Act’.


    (a) In General- In accordance with the requirements of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish not fewer than 6 national emergency centers on military installations.

    (b) Purpose of National Emergency Centers- The purpose of a national emergency center shall be to use existing infrastructure—

    (1) to provide temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster;


  • Anonymous 02/07/2009 1:20am

    I really don’t understand Republican logic.
    Extension on unemployment means rent, utilities and groceries are paid.
    Bigger government more jobs for fire fighters, nurses, teachers, lunch ladies, bus drivers, government staffers, police men.
    More spending on weatherizing and infrastructures means more money spent in construction and building materials.
    More money spent on construction and building materials mean the mom and pop diners and stores get more business.
    Means more profits for suppliers and dealers.
    Means more taxes paid and deficit decreases. (also, means the Senators, and Congressmen get paid.)
    And also if you believe government doesn’t create jobs please don’t run for office because that is government JOB and I’d like someone in office willing to work.

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    mouseissue 02/09/2009 6:26am
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    From what you say, unless you work for the government, or the road construction industry, building materials supply industry, own a diner or store near a construction project, you personally will not see any real benefit to this Spending Bill.

    This bill leaves the vast majority of Americans (over 98%) out of the equation.

    This bill is packed with favors for various congressmens’ jurisdictions (and/or lobbyists) but very little to help the economy or average American.

    And finally, spending Dollars today to get back Quarters tomorrow in tax revenue will dramatically INCREASE the deficit… THAT’S SIMPLE MATH!

    Don’t worry… Although I am a very hard working individual, I want no part of the political BS in DC. This is what stops things from getting done. Reagan was right… Big Goverment is the problem. Not the solution.

  • Anonymous 02/07/2009 3:59am

    Call and e-mail Pelosi, Reid asap!

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