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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    Anonymous 01/28/2009 1:18pm
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    They are trying to tax cow farts for cap and trade.

  • mickeywhite 01/28/2009 3:35pm

    Not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculatin:

    I was driving this afternoon and some how brought myself to turn on the AM radio here in Memphis and picked up the NeoCon talk show host Mike Fleming. And guess who just called in to the show. My Congressman, Marsha Blackburn, of the TN 7th district. I thought, what luck. But her call was, shall we say, a little bit disingenuous.

    She said that she was on the House floor cloak room and they were debating the big Stimulus bill. Then she reads off all these big million dollar earmarks that are in the bill. Finally even Mike had enough of her rambling and broke in… but she continued. She was saying how all these PORK projects were so bad and costing Millions and Billions. I thought to myself, well Mike Fleming always boasts so much (on and on) how he is a great JOURNALIST, maybe he will ask her about all the PORK (earmarks) that she voted on in her 3 terms of congress…. But it was not to be. He goes easy on Marsha, I guess so she will be on his show? He should have kept the softball questions and comments to himself, and asked her: “So these earmarks, are they anything like those that you have voted for when you and your republican friends ran the Debt up about 4 TRILLION? Were there any ‘Bridges to NoWhere’ in the bill? If there was a ‘bridge to nowhere’, would you vote for that AGAIN?”…

    Marsha Blackburn voted for more Pork than in a truckload of Jimmy Dean Sausage.

    See her Queen Of Pork vote’s right here at BCR.,

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    Jan_T 02/02/2009 12:57pm

    So we were…porked and now, no one pays their…taxes. The blame game will only keep us in this mess. We and our government MUST work in the present and provide solutions. I’m watching both sides.

  • Anonymous 01/28/2009 3:58pm

    so we’re going to have women out building bridges – right…
    obama had better figure out that people need help with their foreclosures – it isn’t about ARMs – it’s about people losing JOBS and now they can’t afford the mortgage. for heaven’s sake, help people who are losing their homes!!!!!
    sex ed? aids prevention? flu vaccine?
    GIVE US a BREAK!!!!!!!!
    Obama was supposed to STOP earmarks – he is “BAIT and SWITCH” and the Republicans know it and will NOT support this!!!!!!!!

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    Anonymous 01/28/2009 4:18pm
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    There are not enough elected republicans to o anything about it.

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    Anonymous 02/01/2009 8:34pm

    Uh, who signed the loan documents on those ARM mortgages, some Phantom taking over the borrower’s signature hand? I find it fascinating that most people blame the government for their irresponsible behavior. Don’t these same consumers read what they are committing to before they sign on the dotted line?

    All of us have a part in this. It’s so convenient to point fingers at everything and everybody, except the person in the mirror. It starts there.

  • Anonymous 01/28/2009 4:26pm

    new president…same old crap. serving his own political needs.

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    Anonymous 02/01/2009 8:38pm

    What an idiotic statement. New President as in one week! Old president took eight years to destroy our economy. Sour grapes are such a crutch.

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    Jan_T 02/02/2009 12:59pm

    He may be new at the job but he’s been telling us all for two years what he was going to do. Apparently the majority didn’t listen.
    Independent

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    Anonymous 02/08/2009 11:14am

    I didn’t post the statement you called idiotic, but your statement on how one man destroyed our economy is one of the most idiotic statements I’ve seen!

  • Anonymous 01/28/2009 6:16pm

    when will DC learn? you don’t stimulate the economy from the top down you do it from the bottom up. Give a check to every registered voter who has filed a tax return for the last 8 years. Using the 850 Billion that would make that one very big check to most households. people could payoff loans and mortgages ( that bails out the banking system). folks could buy new cars, appliances, furniture (this bailes out manufactureing). folks could remodel their existing homes or even buy new ones (bailing out the Home and crafts Markets) or even just stick it in the bail ( which agian puts money into the banking system).

    Why is this SO HARD for the silver spoon liberals to understand?? Oh wait I know why…. Cause they don’t want the poor or middle class to think they just might be entitled to something unlike the rich….

    it’s business as usual in DC; PORK SPENDing nothing has changed….

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    knavillus 01/29/2009 3:10am

    Did you bother to do the math behind your little idea? Let’s say we split 850 Billion between 200 million folks. That comes out to $4250 a person. Is that going to pay off a mortgage? No. Is that going to buy a new car? No. Is that going to remodel my home? It might pay to remodel my garden shed. This bill is about creating jobs, not handing out money. There are provisions to inject direct relief as tax cuts, but its primary focus is job stimulus with money for projects, projects that will prop up industries that can take off running when the governement money stops.

    And another thing; you’re screaming that you need to stimulate the economy from the bottom up, but your party (I assuming Republican) is all about top-down economics. Remember the term Ronald Reagan popularized: ‘Trickle Down economics’? Your party lambasted Obama prior to the election for his idea of cutting taxes to the lowest 95% of income earners. You guys said, no, cut taxes only for the very wealthy and let it come raining down on the rest of us. And here you are saying the exact opposite.

    I swear, listening to you guys is like turning on a random sentence generator with buzzwords like silver spoon liberal, etc…

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    kramhoog 01/29/2009 8:15am
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    $4250….that’s better than opening our wallets and pocketbooks for Washington to do whatever they want with OUR money.

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    knavillus 01/29/2009 12:53pm

    OK, so I get that this is one approach to economic recovery.

    So tell me, how much support (particularly from the right) a bill called “Take a billion dollars we don’t have and split it up between everybody act of 2009” would go over. That’s right, the answer is zip, nada, DOA. Really, if you’re truly in favor of this idea count yourself as part of the fringe.

    Now, let’s get on with the business of discussing THIS bill.

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    Anonymous 02/01/2009 8:40pm

    File your tax return, or do you expect the government to do that for you too?

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    bravjim 01/29/2009 2:21pm
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    First of all, $4250 per person might make a difference in a number of peoples budgets. Second of all, as an independent, I tend to think that tax cuts from top to bottom are what is necessary to revitalize the economy. They can make it more bottom heavy, so the money will be spent rather than put into someone’s coffer, but you have to have the incentive to create new jobs, which comes from the very same people that you want to raise taxes. What incentive do they have to hire more people when they are just going to have to pay higher taxes?

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    knavillus 01/30/2009 9:37am

    This bill does provide about $280 billion in tax relief, mostly to the middle class.

    You ask: “but you have to have the incentive to create new jobs, which comes from the very same people that you want to raise taxes”. This bill does not propose raising taxes on anyone, so the second part of your statement is false. The first part is a valid question. Do you think that handing out money will increase incentives for job creation more than funding big infastructure projects? If so, please explain- Maybe you’ll change my mind!

    Here is what I think: a one time gift of $4250 is not going to create jobs. It will either be spent on consumable crap made in China, or stuffed away as savings or to pay debt. If the goal is to create many jobs, I believe that funding infrastructure projects is a good way to go. Let’s face it, we could use a face lift (think levees failing in New Orleans, crumbling highways, Schools), and we get tangible results that will make our country stronger. An example is the inter-state highway system, which was publically funded (I’m sure with much criticism by small-gov folks in the day). The result was more efficient inter-state commerce (benefitted by the private sector- yay!). In the same way, the proposed projects in this bill will be felt by us all in the future. We’ll get better a better health care(private of course!), better communications on a solid data backbone (private again!), a boost to the alternative energy sector (private, in-country jobs that reduces our dependance on the mid east!), etc…

    Sure private industry does it better and cheaper, but with eyes on the goal of creating jobs ASAP, waiting for private industry to magically make it happen just isn’t going to cut it.

    Now a different question is: do we need to create jobs like this in the first place? What do you think?

  • jp215 01/28/2009 7:33pm

    We need to fix our infrastructures and schools… If people wanna not have to worry about the bridge they drive to work over collapsing or the schools their kids go to caving in I think they should get some money. When I say infrastructure I mean roads, schools, bridges, and electricity grid.
    All these things will create local jobs…
    Democrats need to put the Republicans who are against this on blast with the media and point out what they want out of the bill all the money for schools and roads.
    Democrats got elected for a reason give the Republicans a chance to discuss but don’t bend over backwards for the people America didn’t vote for.

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    bravjim 01/29/2009 2:23pm
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    Our schools are caving in on our kids? Really, I hadn’t heard of that. Must be too small a news story for CNN, Fox, or MSNBC to cover.

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    Anonymous 01/30/2009 8:36am

    With steel from America that we no longer have the capacity to make. Knowing that $1 for every $4 earmarked for infrastructure programs is spent in following years and we have to ramp up the capacity of the steel industry here in the US in order to build this stuff, when exactly will the recovery start to take place, 2020??? Remember, there is no mandated money in this bill to help the steel industry cope with the enormous costs to increase capacity.

  • mitchpamf 01/29/2009 1:28am

    A Tax Holiday is the only answer. Government mandated business is nothing more than “communism” in sheeps clothing. “Stimulus”? Suspend two months of 2009 Personal and Business Income Taxes and you will be HEROs! You will save the world!

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    mitchpamf 01/29/2009 1:31am
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    H.R.143 To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a two-month suspension of employment and income taxes, and for other purposes.
    “A Tax Holiday is the only answer. Government mandated business is nothing more than “communism” in sheeps clothing. “Stimulus”? Suspend two months of 2009 Personal and Business Income Taxes and you will be HEROs! You will save the world!"

  • mblackshear 01/29/2009 6:48am

    H.R. 1 will create jobs and stimulate the economy. How? The Government agencies getting the stimulus money will create competitive and non-competitive contracts and grants for both profit and non-profit organizations. In this economy the contracts and grants that will be available because of H.R. 1 will create work for the worker bees, mid-level management, and the creative entrepreneurs. Seeing that most of the funding is for infrastructure and construction projects, the trickle down will happen naturally. For example, federal construction projects get bid on by public and privately held construction companies. Once awarded, these companies will hire construction workers, sub-contractors, and at some point begin to purchase construction supplies. You should see a pattern forming, and the trickle down occurring. Unfortunately HR1 is a long-term solution. I suppose the tax cut portion of the bill is the short-term component. Rather than getting a tax cut, I see H.R. 143 as a better short-term solution. The problem is that HR 143 won’t get passed. I may be wrong but I don’t see the feds tinkering with not collecting taxes for any amount of time.

    HR 1 will get passed. It’s our job as citizens to ensure that these agencies receiving our money are good shepherds of our money. Websites like this help but we do need to communicate with our elected officials on a more consistent and critical basis. We the people elected both democrats and republicans to represent us and our interests in Washington. How do they know what our interests are if we don’t communicate or don’t hear from them but one time every election cycle? I voted for who I voted for because they created a platform or illusion that I agree with. However, you may have voted for an official because their views and opinions aligned more with your. Either way our official s don’t need to be fighting with each other in republican vs. democrat death matches. But rather collaborating and choosing policies that will benefit both sets of voters that put them into office. This administration is promising to be more open, let’s see.

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    bravjim 01/29/2009 2:32pm
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    Let us get this straight. You are calling for bipartisanship just as the president is. That is the problem with this bill. It is not a bipartisan bill, and it is no wonder they did not get any votes from republicans. There is a lot of left wing pork in there that has nothing to do with stimulating the economy. If they had cut the pork out and either redistributed it throughout the remaining bill or cut it all together from the bill, you would have seen the 75 – 80% support of the house that the president called for.

    I do not hold Obama accountable for the way this bill is laid out, I blame Pelosi and house democrats. There were 97 ammendments by republicans and hardly any of them were adopted. I see the same thing happening in the Senate, but not to the same degree.

  • Anonymous 01/29/2009 7:01am
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    Wow, reading this stimulus package is making me weak. What does it say? What does it mean without circumventing or misrepresenting the intent of the language! Don’t worry about it, its’ only money, most of it is not yours, and all your questions will be answered during our 1st claim anyway. Dumb looks are free, answeres requiring thought are a dollar and correct answeres are five. Use long-term unemployed are noew expendable surplus. I think politicians look at us displaced job seekers as worthless eaters and we should have grown up and been a weed!

  • Anonymous 01/29/2009 8:49am

    I, being a small business owner have mcuh more power to creat jobs than the government. Tax cut will allow business expansion. HR 1 is an agenda of the wet dreamers. How is spending money on STD’s, climate research going to get the economy running again, its not. Until the power whores come to their collective senses, nothing can be done

  • Anonymous 01/29/2009 9:12am
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    Fairtax would work much better then any stimulus and would create less govt. Wish we had the forsight and knowledge to actually do something big and worth wild.

  • Anonymous 01/29/2009 10:01am

    This Bill makes me shake my head. This is another special interest giveaway just like the first so called bailout. To say I’m disappointed in Obama is an understatement. Until their is new leadership in the House and Senate it will be the same gridlock. How many more trillion dollars can we borrow? Scary fact. Between the Revolutionary War and Gerald Ford’s first presidency this country spent 800 Billion dollars. It’s insanity to call this economic recovery. This is a shameful. Pelosi must go!

  • Anonymous 01/29/2009 10:17am
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    Herbert Hoover time once people figure out this stimulus doesn’t work either. now i know what Paul Kreugman meant when he said this is not even close to enough and to spend it on special interests and not the infrastructure they promised is unbelievable.


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