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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  • dcunited 02/03/2009 3:54am

    This bill should be called the Government Stimulus Bill of 2009, if you want a stimulus bill, take a look at H.R. 25. That would boost individual’s ability to both spend and save without the hassle or expense of April 15th.

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  • Anonymous 02/03/2009 5:24am

    Help! I have been living the American dream unemployed and demoralized for 11 months now. The available opportunities are few and opportunities with livable compensation are fewer. I have a home (without wheels), 2 degrees, 35 years experience, veteran status, never been a job hopper, and have a strong employment background. To date, I have worked harder searching for a job than I ever did while employed. I have applied for at least 300 opportunities (which were extremely hard to find) and received at most 35 interviews. I have been told I scored extremely high, had 2 or 3 follow up interviews yet no offers or further considerations. When you try to follow up with hiring managers or H/R personnel they ignore your inquiry. I wouldn’t consider myself hard to look at or have to sneak up on a glass of water to get a drink! I believe the age based barriers for older workers exist in this economy. I’m either way over qualified and I know they would rather hire someone they know then a complete stranger. Worse yet, how can you sustain a small mortgage, fair health insurance, used reliable transportation, utility and heating service, property taxes, nourishment, college savings, Etcetera… How do survive on $9 to $12 dollars an hour $15 if your luck and what do you cut back on. Is this now the standard as livable income for displaced, career change workers? I hope the government considers all the families and the long-term unemployed in this stimulus package. I have read this stimulus Bill and had several stimulus brain cramps trying to comprehend the language. Does anyone know if my interpretation is close to what these legislators are saying? Does this current package extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program which will provide between 20 to 33 weeks of extended unemployment benefits to workers exhausting their regular benefits? Does the EUC current program scheduled to phase out at the end of March 2009? If this passes would this Bills provisions extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed through December 2009? Does anyone else have an interpretation of all this language? If I didn’t have my spirituality through all this while trying to stay positive when everything you read or hear is negative, I’m sure my family would now we are soon to be homeless and considered by the Government as expendable surplus! Having love and gratitude has helped me eliminate all negativity from this economy, but it’s not easy to overcome these thoughts.

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    Anonymous 02/03/2009 8:50am

    All they did was move the qualifying date from 3/09 to 12/09. There is no further or new extensions. It will just allow more people to qualify for the 2nd 13 week extension. There are now over 3 million workers poised to run out of their unemployment in April because their state qualified for this 2nd tier extension months ago like MI and CA. They are now making it even harder by passing nothing further and making this effective to the end of the year. I agree with your assessment of the job market and I too have been out of work for almost a year. They find billions for banks but nothing for people who have been caught up this recession from the beginning and sees the job market get worse daily for the past year. Here’s a stat to make you call your representatives. The 18 billion in Wall St. bonuses would have funded a third extension for 26 weeks. Double the 13 weeks they have given. Where are the priorities? Please call your Senators and ask why there is not a third extension in this bill for over 3 million workers set to lose their benefits. Where is the job training programs in this Bill? This is insulting to call this stimulus or recovery. It will not even take effect for 2 years. By that time it is going to be chaos and anarchy in the USA if they don’t spark job creation and stop the huge job loss that officially began 12/07 over a year ago now. And the news acts like there is a new extension but there is NOT. They just don’t bother checking the facts because they have a job. See the news clips in Florida? Over 70,000 people camped out for 35 firefighter jobs. Get used to it that is only the beginning of many such pictures across this country. This is no joke and DC knows it but won’t cross their corporate masters. It is what our founders would call taxation without representation.

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    Anonymous 02/03/2009 12:42pm

    Thanks for the clarity. Your right its not extended assistance for the unemployed, its “Expanded” Unemployment Relief As Part of Economic Recovery Package. They make it sound like they care about americans who have been displaced and are ready to help Over 3 million long-term unemployed who have been unable to find work. We are in the steepest annual drop in jobs marked by the highest yearly job-loss total since 1945. Man, thats the year in which World War II ended. You would think our representatives seeing the complete unraveling of the labor market and the economy on track for getting beyond 10% unemployment they would act given the fact that currently 11.1 million Americans are unemployed not counting those like us who will be drop kicked to the street curb and homeless.

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    nancym 02/04/2009 1:28am

    Here’s another statistic for you. The current HR 1 does give extended benefits, but as you stated correctly, only for recent or newly unemployed, none of us running out of Tier 1 or two before May. And the total funding for even that paltry extension for those people is around 250 million, less than 3% of this gigantic bill, even though the words “help for the unemployed” is in the title of the bill!

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    nancym 02/04/2009 1:23am

    I hear ya! I lost a job to a buyout in 2006, thought I could live on freelance work for a while, but even back then there were bad signs, like many clients going out of business or cutting back. Then I ran into medical problems that set me seriously back and couldn’t work for a while. Do the math of several months out of work, and there goes your savings, health insurance, credit, and suddenly you’re at the bottom. I have a master’s degree, loads of computer and other work experience, but often that just counts against you, labeled “overqualified,” or more truthfully “too expensive,” even though I’m willing to work for much less than what I used to make, which was just about mid-level professional to begin with.

    I found that taking these $10/hr jobs can sometimes just drain time away from your resources and time you need to focus on trying to find more sustainable work. People say “isn’t it better than nothing?” and I have to say, at some stages of this disintegration, no it’s not. But now it’s about all the same, since all the jobs, cheap or good, are now scarce. I’m still trying and applying, but at the same time doing all I can to calculate just how I’m going to survive this next year.

  • Anonymous 02/03/2009 8:55am

    Here are what Washington thinks is more important to do with YOUR money but help out mortgage holders instead of letting banks victimize families and thorw people on the streets or fund unemployment since both parties free trade and amnesty for illegal aliens got us here.

    $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees – I wish someone would buy me a new car.
    A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film – this is just stupid.
    $88 million for the Coast Guard to design a new polar icebreaker (arctic ship) – uh, global warming?
    $448 million for constructing the Department of Homeland Security headquarters and $248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security headquarters – uh, no, not neccessary. Can use an exisiting building and census’s furniture that they will throw away when the census is done.
    And the list goes on. This is just ridiculous.

  • Anonymous 02/03/2009 9:07am

    Thought they were going to extend benefits for 11 months and add 25.00 increase per week for unemployed!

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    Anonymous 02/03/2009 9:29am

    I think they are just moving the date from March to December to be eligible for the Tier 2 (second 13 week) EU. There needs to be another (Third) extension because millions will run out of the Tier II benefits in April with no jobs available and a “stimulus” that will take time to feel any effect. Call your Senators as said above.

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    Anonymous 02/03/2009 10:28am

    No the above poster is correct. It’s called Washington spin. No new extensions but the increase of $25 is right. But after taxes that is what $12?

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    Anonymous 02/03/2009 7:42pm

    the $25 is only for newly unemployed not people on EU

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    Anonymous 02/03/2009 12:46pm
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    Hope you wake up in the morning, find a pink slip and quarter in your hand, and your butt is red!

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    Anonymous 02/03/2009 7:44pm

    the 11 months is in the republican proposal but they don’t have a snowballs chance in hell of passing anything

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    nancym 02/04/2009 1:31am

    The Republican proposal isn’t posted anywhere in detail, do you have a link for the actual contents? Otherwise we are just assuming that from the news reports, which we all know have been totally misleading as far as benefits for HR1.

  • Anonymous 02/03/2009 12:41pm

    www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29000458/
    Layoffs spike and there’s no end in sight

    With jobs vanishing at a breakneck pace, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for the unemployed to find new jobs. And some of those who still have jobs are rapidly losing ground in other ways. Employers are freezing or cutting pay, trimming hours, suspending matching contributions to 401(k)s and doing away with health care, bonuses or perks that were offered during better economic times

    If there isn’t another EUI..Alot of people will be homeless in April when EUI tier 2 runs out

  • arkadyka 02/03/2009 1:22pm

    This bill saddens me because it is an age old trick that utilizes the tax payers’s vulnerabilities. Whenever there is an emergency, the federal government pushes through spending projects and expands itself.

    When times improve as they do naturally, the government never unshrinks. This is awful and just another way to put more people on the hook.

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  • Anonymous 02/03/2009 3:47pm

    I voted for Obama and believe he will do great things with his team. At the same time my mindset is neither Democratic or Republican as my sole focus is and will be what is right for America. There are times when we all must go into debt but that must be done judiciously and take on debt that is solely for its inital purposes, no matter how well intended any other items may be.

    Here are 17,090,500,000 reason why there needs to be a negotiated American Recovery and Reinvestment bill;
     $2 billion earmark to re-start FutureGen, a near-zero emissions coal power plant in Illinois that the Department of Energy defunded last year because it said the project was inefficient.
     A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film.
     $650 million for the digital television converter box coupon program.
     $88 million for the Coast Guard to design a new polar icebreaker (arctic ship).
     $448 million for constructing the Department of Homeland Security headquarters.
     $248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security headquarters.
     $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees.
     $400 million for the Centers for Disease Control to screen and prevent STD’s.
     $1.4 billion for rural waste disposal programs.
     $125 million for the Washington sewer system.
     $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities.
     $1 billion for the 2010 Census, which has a projected cost overrun of $3 billion.
     $75 million for “smoking cessation activities.”
     $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges.
     $75 million for salaries of employees at the FBI.
     $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction.
     $500 million for flood reduction projects on the Mississippi River.
     $10 million to inspect canals in urban areas.
     $6 billion to turn federal buildings into “green” buildings.
     $500 million for state and local fire stations.
     $650 million for wild land fire management on forest service lands.
     $1.2 billion for “youth activities,” including youth summer job programs.
     $88 million for renovating the headquarters of the Public Health Service.
     $412 million for CDC buildings and property.
     $500 million for building and repairing National Institutes of Health facilities in Bethesda, Maryland.
     $160 million for “paid volunteers” at the Corporation for National and Community Service.
     $5.5 million for “energy efficiency initiatives” at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration.
     $850 million for Amtrak.
     $100 million for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint.
     $75 million to construct a “security training” facility for State Department Security officers when they can be trained at existing facilities of other agencies.
     $110 million to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems.
     $200 million in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations.
    TOTAL UNNEEDED COSTS $17,090,500,000

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    Anonymous 02/03/2009 7:50pm

     $448 million for constructing the Department of Homeland Security headquarters.
     $248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security headquarters.

    We need this because of the current real estate boom, there is no vacant office space anywhere, they need to build a new building.

  • Anonymous 02/03/2009 4:22pm

    This just in. Obama and the Democrats are going to drop the buy American clauses in the Bill which would have guaranteed the steel contracts etc. for these hyped up infrastrutcture projects would go to American manufacturers. European Union is making threats and calling protectionism. Now that clause is gone. We the American people can’t even write our own economic recovery package. The change never happened we have a rookie in there that everyone is running the field on.

    Obama’s biggest mistake was letting Reid and Pelosi craft this Bill. That is asking for nothing but trouble and special interest projects they never could pass on their own. Obama is already a disappointment two weeks in. He spits in labor’s face/ What is he thinking? This will never wash with his labor and union base. We needed the Buy American programs! They are selling us out everyday!!

  • Anonymous 02/03/2009 4:53pm

    This is what happens when Washington doesn’t extend unemployment and when they ship all our jobs over seas and then have the audacity to call free and fair trade. They waste our money and let the banks throw parties as they throw people out of their home…

    I have lost my benefits…. only 7 weeks. I am emailing my Vet to see if my Cat and bird can be placed.She (the cat) is young and cute and a calico and might be adopted. She would need patience from a new family as I have allowed her, her individuality to now.My bird will be fine even of I let him gooooooo. I dont see an end in the immedaite future and only have enough funds with my savings to cover until Mid April
    There is no family, no Mom and Dad, no relatives, but a daughetr who is also struggling wth her Family of 5 in a 2 bed. home…also rented. but I do have excellent credit, I have thought of any/all resources I can tap into and find none.I can go into debt. and let the collectors reap what they have to/or let it land on the shpulers of my only Daughter-what kind of legacy is that?
    All the shelters here are already full, and wouldnt take my dog anyways..And I’m not going without her with the medications that she needs. She has been with me when things were real goood and God would never forgive me, and even that doesnt mean anything, she’s my friend. if I passed her off to someone else with the requiements she needs. She is old and needs daily mediction, and without regular doses would go into coma.So Shes with me whatever. I have my car.
    I thought about ending mine but I cant get passed what would happen to her.
    Maybe thats why God gave her , her illness.Who knows.
    I spoke to my priest tonight, but not fully.Because its a sin to take your life.And I am embarassed aand asheamed of my thoughts and intentions.
    Hold your Family close.
    Sorry if I have brought to the surface things noone wants to thinkabout.
    God give you peace.
    Dont let the Gloom and Doom Man get ya!!!!!

  • Anonymous 02/03/2009 4:56pm

    This Government doesn’t give a DAMN about people just power and tax revenues.

  • Anonymous 02/04/2009 12:54am

    On Lou Dobbs last Night ..It was reported that only 1 Billion will be going to business to created jobs .. This Stimulus is not what they are claiming it to be ..

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    Anonymous 02/04/2009 1:18am

    Correctiom:
    Small buisness (1 Billion )

  • Anonymous 02/04/2009 3:13am

    Planned layoffs hit 7-year high in January
    Challenger: Recession is taking a heavier toll on employment

    Ok. Congress is going to have to step up and extend EUI.. (Not the extension program thats in the stimilus already),but add extended weeks to the EUI

  • Anonymous 02/04/2009 3:15am

    When the long-term unemployed are unable to find work in this economy, lose all hope and any help from Washington they will go to the streets just like they did in the great depression. While Wall Street gets billions of our tax dollars and bail out money, they get to keep their outrageous salaries, jobs and good old boy lifestyles. Meanwhile, more and more Americans are struggling to survive and provide basic subsistence for their families. Then these corporate CEO’s decide to pay 18 billion in merit bonuses or employee retention allowance. They wouldn’t have a job without our money and then decide to pay out retention bonuses for losing over 60% of their portfolios shows the deliberate mindset and frivolous, vindictive greed by all these worthless eaters. It’s only a matter of time before people decide to get the guns out and take care of matters for those responsible. Being robbed and then rapped with calculated greed, deceit and all the corruption by these corporate masters will find there belief that money talks and bullshit walks is true the hard way, with a lot of pissed of people who will show what only the strong survives really means!

  • Anonymous 02/04/2009 4:18am

    The government should realize that the problem with mortgages is not the higher percentage rate, it’s that people have less work, or have lost their jobs, so they can’t afford to pay ANY mortgage. Knocking the % down a little is not making a different if you have NO money.

    It was reported that only 1 Billion will be going to small business to created jobs.. They are going to have to give more then 1 Billion to small buisness to get this economy turn around ..

  • Anonymous 02/04/2009 6:05am

    OK everybody out of the pool. It’s time to do your civic duty and call all your representatives.

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    Anonymous 02/04/2009 9:21am

    Are you kidding, it’s too much trouble for most people to lift a finger to help themselves! They would rather bitch and moan on this forum all day, blame game everyone and everything while they are mired in self pity, waiting for someone else to bail them out. That’s the ridiculously sad thing I read on this site daily. There are a couple of people here who try earnestly to get things done, pass along helpful information and suggestions, but it seems for the most part, all they get back is snark and useless vitriol.

    Reminds me of a some high school dropouts that used to hang around when school let out, making snide comments to those of us who had goals and purpose and were driven to make things happen no matter what road blocks we met along the way.

    Guess for some, nothing changes, but the date.

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    Anonymous 02/04/2009 9:43am

    How dare you! Obviously you are employed. And what are people to do that are facing being homeless! There are NO jobs!!! Get it? That’s the problem. And what’s left rioting? We voted for change and continue to be sold out. When the tables turn on you and you are knocked out of your comfort zone like 11 million Americans have you will be singing a much different tune. I guarantee it. Nobody needs the Government until they REALLY need the Government. Hypocrite.


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