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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  • cjohnsonjrverizonnet 02/07/2009 3:30pm

    I find it interesting that the amendments to the senate bill are still not online here or at thomas.gov. Where is this information hiding?

  • Anonymous 02/08/2009 1:42am

    www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29050187
    Stimulus bill far from perfect, Obama says

    Unemployment
    •House — No similar provision.
    •Senate — $4.7 billion to exclude from taxation the first $2,400 a person receives in unemployment compensation benefits in 2009.

    Which means we will be paying taxes on UI for the year 2008

    Congress is acting like no one was UI in 2008….were is the Help (exclude from taxation the first $2,400) for people who have been UI in 2008 ..I don’t have the $$$ for taxes ..
    I’m going to write IRS a letter and say "When I get back to work ..I will pay my taxes then

  • Anonymous 02/08/2009 1:06pm
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    Lets face it we are all Phucqed!. My grocery store was out of rammen noodles and spam today. When asked, “we just can’t keep it in stock lately”. Wounder why?

  • Anonymous 02/08/2009 6:49pm

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Where do I start? This bill must pass senate vote Monday and be reconciled quickly in conference. The bill, whichever version you look at, is far from perfect. Right-thinking individuals can argue the details for weeks, while jobs continue to be lost and confidence (the elephant in the room) in the economy continues to decline. We all wish that our side was the side that prevailed most extensively in the bill, but in this bill almost no one will feel that way, and that’s okay. With proper leadership and by keeping the American people in mind, improvements can be made to the bill in conference committee.

    In the end, we will have a stimulus bill that will save the jobs of many people, create jobs for many people, get us started on major infrastructure programs long overdue, extend benefits for those most in need, and provide a boost to the economy to a degree which no one can be certain…including Nobel prize winning economists. Let’s get this good plan passed by putting ideological differences aside and by remembering that it is one (albeit huge) step toward rebuilding our damaged economy.

    As an educator (elementary school teacher) I am fully aware of the difficult decisions made in order to achieve a plan that could be passed in the senate. These cuts in education will likely affect myself or my peers. But the overall program is strong and is essential for the greater good. And that’s what it’s all about.

  • Anonymous 02/08/2009 9:38pm

    \“In the end, we will have a stimulus bill that will save the jobs of many people, create jobs for many people, get us started on major infrastructure programs long overdue, extend benefits for those most in need, and provide a boost to the economy to a degree which no one can be certain…including Nobel prize winning economists. Let\’s get this good plan passed by putting ideological differences aside and by remembering that it is one (albeit huge) step toward rebuilding our damaged economy. \”

    FALSE this bill does not extend benefits it pushes out the deadline to sign up. For a school teacher you sure ain\’t to good at reading. Keep drinking the coolaid Mrs. Jones. This bill only helps people that work for Acorn or own a construction company that already does government work. This bill will creat ery few jobs of any.

  • Anonymous 02/09/2009 7:36am

    Mr. Worthless, Vader and the Republicans destroyed our economy through their lies with 8 years of vindictive corruption, greed, deceit and special interest self preservation. While 11.6 million American lives now find themselves unemployed and relegated to poverty with not much hope of being returned to whole anytime soon. Meanwhile, there remains no accountability for ALL those who are directly responsible for the 60% losses and current state of our economy. Instead they are rewarded with staying in business, remain extremely over paid and employed while receiving ridiculous “merit retention bonuses” with our money and government bail out funds. I believe until we expose this secret society membership of evil people, we the people will remain expendable surplus and servants of our rich corporate masters. Is this a debate or obstruction in the Senate? Secret Societies in action!…………

  • Anonymous 02/09/2009 8:04am
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    The only extension will be the number of homeless and welfare statistics with over 3.6 million long-term unemployed Americans drop kicked recipients for any extended UE benefits.

  • Anonymous 02/09/2009 9:15am

    Just blame Bush, that’s the answer!! You wanna talk about secret societies? Why do the dems want to bail out the big 3 so bad? Because they’re in bed with the UAW and every other union in the country!! I had concerns about alot of things Bush did, but this is not his fault. I blame the entire government, federal, state and local. These career politicians are the problem. This country was founded on a system of small federal government and self reliance. Thanks to the continuing expansion of the “Nanny State” most Americans want to depend on Government to take care of them from cradle to grave. Big government is the problem, NOT the solution. This bill does nothing other than grow Government and further the leftist, socialist agenda. If you want to live in France, move there, leave my country alone. Lets start moving back toward the Constitution and stop moving away from it!!!

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    Anonymous 02/09/2009 11:04am

    It is completely dumb misinformed fools like you that we are in this mess. Bush was in bed with Wall St. He nationalized the banks. He de-regulated everything to the point we got American Cos. knowingly shipping contaminated food. The TARP is a TWO part plan. It was already passed Obama’s hands are tied. And you are such an idiot to think how horrible the unions are, if you do not own a business then you are actually just plain stupid. They are not perfect by I will take my chances with them vs. these greedy sharks who got us here. This is ALL Bush’s fault own it because it’s true no matter how much you cry and scream about things you most definitely don’t comprehend. Now go run and listen to the drug addict posing as moral crusader Rush Limbaugh. He can tell you what else you should think.

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    Anonymous 02/09/2009 2:45pm

    You are fooling yourself if you actually believe only republicans are corrupt and that only republicans are in bed with Wall Street and big business. We need term limits. I truly do not believe our founders anticipated career politicians like we do today that are in power for 30+ years at a stretch. Maybe because the life expectancy was much lower in the 1700’s. The problem with our country is the level of greed in government and business and the lack of any morals.
    Free markets work until greed screws it up. Government works until power corrupts. Nowadays, people will lie, cheat, and steal until they get caught, then they think and it seems to prove out, that they only have to say they are sorry and everyone forgives them. Stop being such idiologues. I don’t like either party but prefer less government, less taxes and your best chance of that is the republican party. They just need to get out of the spend and borrow mentality.

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    Anonymous 02/09/2009 6:04pm

    The Republicans need to do a lot more than that. Obama is a populist and is starting to beat them at their own game. He is getting the people behind him in a big way. The Republicans don’t seem to see this or know how to deal with it but they will realize it when he gets them on his side about all the big issues like healthcare. He really is a good politician but like I said a populist and is dangerous to the establishment. He’s going to get a lot done and the Republicans won’t have a chance in 2010 or 2012. I am a registered independent and no partisan. I just call them like I see them and the Republicans are in a bad spot politically and are not expanding their base so they really don’t have a future at this point. They let Bush lead them right off the cliff and this isn’t the way back. Everyone but the diehards can see that.

  • JimPfi 02/09/2009 11:33am
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    What kind of trash are you pushing on the American Public. This is a terrible bill, it will drive us deeper in debt for years to come. You want help the economy try The Fair Tax bill!

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    Anonymous 02/09/2009 2:47pm

    Amen to that. The fair or flat tax. That would take the politics out of the tax code.

  • emalt3 02/09/2009 7:50pm

    I voted for S1 in OpenCongress because I think it’s better than not doing anything. Bush sent money to places that shouldn’t need it … banks, wall street, etc., with no strings attached. At least this is directed and has oversight. Rush Limbaugh believes Obama should fail? He should put up or shut up. And when I say put up, I mean run for office. At least you can ATTEMPT to make a difference there. Unfortunately, all he seems to know how to do is flap his fat jowls.

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    Analemma 02/13/2009 6:59am

    Sometimes doing nothing is better than doing the wrong thing. HR1/S1 is going to finish America off. You might as well start trying to figure out how to convert your car to run on wood chips or cow flops, like in the post-nuclear-apocalyptic world depicted in some sci-fi movies.

  • adehart 02/10/2009 4:07am

    Trickle-down economics may have worked in a different era, where businesses believed in doing the right thing. In today’s world, greed is king and if you give a tax break to a business or to the wealthiest taxpayers, they will not use it to create jobs. Businesses will drop it directly to the bottom line and give additional bonuses to the top executives. If there are jobs to be created they will hire workers in other countries, further enhancing the bottom line. Wealthy taxpayers do not spend their tax cuts. They aren’t even investing it. They are sitting on the money, waiting for the dust to settle because they can afford to do that. Tax cuts for middle class Americans, food stamps, infrastructure projects, additional unemployment benefits – all of these go directly back into the economy. The only way to get this economy moving again is by spending money. And given the fear among investors, the only entity that has the ability to pump money into the economy is the Federal Government. The notion from the Republicans that reducing the inheritance tax will somehow get people back to work is a joke.

  • GeneDouglas 02/10/2009 5:16am
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    It seems the only ones who support this bill are the ones looking for a handout. Do you really want the government telling you what car you can drive, what medical treatment you should receive, what you can eat, ..on and on and on. Don’’t you see that they are using this so called “crisis” and this bill to move a socilaist agenda forward. I have no problem with helping others in need. So why don’t they do that. Take the pork out and focus and job creation. Simple. The dems are over reaching and we will suffer before they do in 2010.

  • GeneDouglas 02/10/2009 5:19am

    NO actually Obama is revealing himslef to be exactly what those that paid attention knew he was. A socilaist/marxist. Thats the change you voted for.

  • mld96 02/10/2009 6:10am

    I find this bill terribly discouraging and reading through a few comments discouraged me even more.

    Unemployment benefits does not stabilize the economy, but creates greater dependence on government assistance.

    Encouraging or forcing the people to update their vehicles does not stimulate the economy, but increases personal debt and dependence on government for assistance when they can’t pay.

    Cars today are NOT more economic than they were 20 years ago. SOME, maybe, but I have a friend with a 1978 pontiac bonneville with a V8 that gets mileage as good as my 2000 oldsmobile minivan with a V6. The only difference is the computer controls.

    There is NO real interest in creating vehicles that get 50 or 100 mpg to reduce our dependence on oil. Such vehicles and technology existed before all the fuel injection and computer controls and still exists for the computer controlled fuel injected vehicles today. I know of folks who worked developing these abilities as well as a few who purchased vehicles that possessed such ability. They won’t allow it as it will upset too much the existing flow of money from our hands to theirs.

  • Anonymous 02/10/2009 8:59am

    I agree with a few of the comments on this page about stimulating the economy by spending some money. But, if the Federal Government wants to really do something that’ll start working quickly, how about doing away with some of the more mindless spending and add a tax holiday for about 6 months into this bill? If this bill does actually “create” jobs then why not let the working people spend ALL of their pay checks? They can pay down debt, catch up mortgage and credit card payments, that would help get money flowing again. The people that are working now, will spend more money and that should “trickle up” to some of those companies that have seen their sales go throught the floor. That has to be better than spending millions on STD prevention(I think that’s already out of this bill) and other things that definately won’t help. But you know they can’t let people decide what to do with their money because it takes power away from them. And everyone reading this page should know that all of these politicians, dems and repubs, are only interested in creating more power for themselves. In my opinion, they ALL need to be run out of Washington!!

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    Anonymous 02/10/2009 10:45am

    Some of the provisions they just yanked out were the wrong places to pull so called pork from. When they can still approve cars and new buildings for themselves but not for state’s to build schools there is something very wrong. This Bill is another waste and to claim victory on either side is shameful.

  • ronbok 02/11/2009 3:12am

    These people no longer represent us. Not that the Senate ever did, but passage of this is tyranny pure and simple.

  • Anonymous 02/11/2009 3:48am

    Today when when Congress questions these banking CEO’s they should make clear that the following rules will apply for incorrect answers!

    http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/images/bliraqscudlauncher.htm

  • grandmommyjune 02/11/2009 4:42am

    I am a sinple lady – not overly bright probably and certainly no one with any great power. I have one thing to say, the name calling and the personal attacks are the same thing that our Congress does. Has anyone considered that what we should be attacking is the message and not the messenger. There is so much hate and anger in the blogs posted on these websites and it is all personal. Pay attention to the message being delivered. Have some substance and some facts to back up your position, regardless of which side you are on. At some point, we are all Americans, whether Democrat or Republican, we should first be Americans. There are a lot of things I do not like in this bill. I do not like the idea of someone other than my doctor and I determining whether I am deserving of treatment for a health condition, I do not like the idea of bailing out another bank or business that does not have to change the people in charge who have made poor decisions. etc. However, every American is entitled to their opinion and their vote whether I agree with it or not. It appears to me that our coutry is beginning to thinkif you don’t agree that is cause for name calling. I pray that somehow we find a way to work together to get through this.

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    Anonymous 02/11/2009 6:07am

    I have been ruined the last 8 years by those elected to oversee the laws and policies responsible for liberty and justice for all. In God we trust, my career field and job have vaporized, life savings and investments destroyed, etcetera……! Meanwhile those responsible for this economic catastrophe through greed and deceit are still walking around. They all remain free when they should be immediately incarcerated. Until these officials regain the trust of Americans the melt down will get worse. When I see action and a reputation for accountability with compassion, honesty, integrity and character for always trying to do the right thing return to Washington I will continue to fight back. Those that fling dirt lose ground, I’m not going to let them continue to put their cocktails on my head, and then ask me if I turn into a roast beef sandwich after midnight. Until we have moral fiber everything will remain the same. They would like me to believe: Don’t worry about it, it’s only money and most of it is not yours!

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    Anonymous 02/11/2009 6:08am

    I have been ruined the last 8 years by those elected to oversee the laws and policies responsible for liberty and justice for all. In God we trust, my career field and job have vaporized, life savings and investments destroyed, etcetera……! Meanwhile those responsible for this economic catastrophe through greed and deceit are still walking around. They all remain free when they should be immediately incarcerated. Until these officials regain the trust of Americans the melt down will get worse. When I see action and a reputation for accountability with compassion, honesty, integrity and character for always trying to do the right thing return to Washington I will continue to fight back. Those that fling dirt lose ground, I’m not going to let them continue to put their cocktails on my head, and then ask me if I turn into a roast beef sandwich after midnight. Until we have moral fiber everything will remain the same. They would like me to believe: Don’t worry about it, it’s only money and most of it is not yours!

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    Analemma 02/13/2009 8:14am

    “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say, ‘We are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!’” — Sen. Hillary Clinton

  • Anonymous 02/11/2009 1:46pm

    We need to quit fighting about Democrats vs Republicans. There are more of us than them. WE NEED TO VOTE ALL OF THEM OUT OF OFFICE AND TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK BEFORE THEY DESTROY IT COMPLETELY. THEY ARE ALL GREEDY AND HAVE SOLD THIS COUNTRY TO THE DOGS. Hitlerdidn’t do all of those things himself he just found men with big egos and used them.

  • Anonymous 02/12/2009 6:51am

    Repubs, Democritters; we need a new party! Get rid of all these elite, career politicians and their special interests, and get back to the values that made this country great. Start representing the people again. How about a Constitutionalist party? People who have actually read the Constitution and believe in what it says. A party that will move us back toward what our founding fathers intended this country to be. “…Governments are instuted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” The Declaration of Independence…. Any questions?? They lost my consent a long time ago, how about you?

  • Anonymous 02/12/2009 4:51pm

    And NOW all of our medical records will be online????
    How do they rationalize this being part of the stimulus package?

    AND they forgot to tell us that the government will now be monitoring our medical plights and vetoing doctor’s decisions and recommendations!!!!!

    WAKE UP, PEOPLE – contact your CONGRESSMEN – this is BLATANTLY misrepresenting what the stimulus bill is about!!!!!!!!!


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