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 01/21/2009 12:36pm

    not included in S.1 at this point, S1 adds $25 a week to people currently getting benefits and extends the time for signing up for the current extension, so far there is no talk of another extension of unemployment benefits.

  • iammatt 01/21/2009 8:57am
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    You can’t put a fire out by throwing more fuel on it, just like you can’t fix the economy by trying to spend your way out. This bill is bound to drive our economy further down the tubes. The only way to fix the problem is to address it directly, and cut spending and useless programs, not to print more money and spend it.

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    Anonymous 02/01/2009 12:27pm

    Please explain to me how cutting spending and useless programs will stimulate a consumer based, free market, economy.

  • Anonymous 01/21/2009 1:20pm

    LOOK AT THE HOUSE OF WAYS AND MEANS WEBSITE CLICK ON THE LEFT LINK THAT SAYS THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT PLAN…THEY GIVE INFO ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE…

  • Anonymous 01/21/2009 1:34pm

    GOOGLE BILL NUMBER H.R.598 THATS THE NEW UE AND OTHER THINGS UNDER THIS BILL.

  • myopencongress 01/22/2009 5:36am

    Suggestion for S.1 – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
    Give every LEGAL citizen of the United States who is 18 or older 1 million dollars. Details:
    Population of USA 1/22/2009: 305,663,986
    Assume 300,000,000 are 18 or over (300 million)
    Give $1,000,000 ($1 million) to each person 18 and over.
    This is $300,000,000,000,000 ($300 trillion)
    40% tax = $120,000,000,000,000 ($120 trillion)
    60% to people = $180,000,000,000,000 ($180 trillion)
    After tax to each person = $600,000, which will be put back into the economy as follows:
    a) Pay off houses and credit card debt => money goes to banks.
    b) Save and invest for future => money goes to banks and investment market.
    c) Buy things: cars, electronics, vacations etc => money goes to manufacturers.
    Voila! The economy is healed and the politicians have $120 trillion to pay off the national debt (or give to your special interest groups, as you see fit).
    What! You say we don’t have any money to implement this plan? Then what in the heck is all this “stimulus package” talk about???

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    Anonymous 01/22/2009 11:17am

    that’s what they did in Zimbabwe, and the results were disastrous, a loaf of bread as of march a cost over 10 million dollars.

    If you want to be a billionaire you can now buy 100 billion zimbabwe dollars for $16 us dollars on ebay.

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    nancym 01/26/2009 7:40pm

    Let’s see, 300 trillion. That’s more than 30 times the stimulus and the current national debt combined. So how do you plan to pay off the national debt of over 300 trillion PLUS INTEREST with only 120 trillion, leaving us in more than twelve times the current national debt.

    But more importantly, who in the universe is going to lend us that much money which is some godawful ratio to our GDP—Martians?

    Nice math trick, but not in the real world.

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    Treeman65 02/01/2009 8:14am

    Maybe not this drastic but I do agree with the principle. The stimulus package given to the banks did a lot of good. 350 billion dollars to help them get the housing market back on its feet, well they bought other banks, and if you are not a millionaire or have perfect credit then it’s take one for the boys because they aren’t giving you any money. The sad thing about this one is they have no stipulations from our government on how to spend this money. The new stimulus package probably looks good on the 305 pieces of paper that it is written on (Goodbye small oak tree) but the only way our economy is going to get stimulated is by our people. Give every tax paying American family 250k and put stipulations on it. Pay at least 50% of you mortgage, pay off vehicles, loans,credit cards, and with any thing left over invest at least 40% in stocks or bonds. This could be a reality. I sat down and figured the other night if congress would take the money allotted and pay every man, woman, and child in America at that specific time would receive a check for $3843.59. I have a family of 3 so we would receive $11,530.77 this would not help much but it beats the heck out of the government sending me a check for enough to purchase a digital ready TV.

  • Anonymous 01/22/2009 9:40am
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    IF ONLY IT WAS THAT EASY THIS IS PELOSI, FRANK , REED AND DODD YOU ARE DEALING WITH, OH AND NOBAMA!

  • Anonymous 01/23/2009 4:35am

    Contact: Tim Bradley, BerlinRosen Public Affairs, 646-452-5637 (office)
    Jo Brill , Fiscal Policy Institute, 914-671-9442 (mobile)
    Record Surge in NYS Unemployment in December
    Lagging Benefits Expose Holes in Safety Net for Jobless NYers
    New York, New York—Today, the New York State Department of Labor released new figures
    revealing that the state’s unemployment rate jumped to 7.0 percent in December, the highest figure
    recorded in the state since 1994. Over 671,000 New Yorkers were unemployed in December, an
    increase of 229,000 (52 percent) from December of 2007. The national recession began in
    December 2007.
    New York’s 7.0 percent unemployment rate last month was up from November’s revised level of
    6.0 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in December and 6.8 percent in
    November 2008. [All figures in the first two paragraphs are seasonally adjusted.]
    Both the one-month unemployment increase of 1.0 percent and the 229,000 12-month increase in
    the unemployed count are all-time highs in the 32-year official Labor Department series.
    “While New York State lagged the nation in entering the recession, we are catching up with a
    vengeance,” stated James Parrott, Deputy Director and Chief Economist of the Fiscal Policy
    Institute. “New York City’s unemployment rate also surged in December to 7.4 percent from 6.3
    percent in November, putting the city’s rate higher than the national unemployment rate.”
    “With companies slicing payrolls, more New Yorkers are depending on an unemployment check to
    keep their family afloat and avoid poverty. Yet, the economic security provided by the benefit is
    lacking,” said Andrew Stettner, Deputy Director of the National Employment Law Project.
    The dismal jobs report puts a spotlight on the need for immediate improvements to New York’s
    jobless safety net:
    􀂃 The maximum weekly unemployment benefit is just $405 per week, and has been frozen at
    that level since 2000. Meanwhile, the average weekly wage has risen over 42 percent since
    1999, when the maximum unemployment benefit was set at one half of the average weekly
    wage. If the maximum benefit level had been adjusted annually to keep pace with changes in
    the average weekly wage as is done in 32 other states, it would now be $577.
    NELP
    National Employment Law Project
    NELP and FPI: State jobless numbers surge
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    􀂃 New York fares very poorly compared to other states. New York’s unemployment benefit
    replaces just 26.6 percent of the average worker’s paycheck. That’s lower than every state
    except Alaska.
    􀂃 New York’s benefits are particularly paltry compared to other states impacted by the
    financial crisis and the recession. Jobless workers laid off in New Jersey can qualify for
    $560 per week, and in Connecticut, $519 per week. Other neighboring states like
    Pennsylvania ($560 per week) and Massachusetts ($628 per week) pay even more.
    Stettner urged state lawmakers to reform the program by passing two bills introduced in the state
    legislature last June (A.11637 and S.8718). “Fixing New York’s unemployment insurance program
    should be high on the agenda for reform in Albany as the legislative session begins next week.
    Albany can pick up on good work started at the end of last session that would have bolstered
    benefits and the trust fund’s solvency,” Stettner said.
    New York is poised to get federal help for the purpose of modernization under the terms of the
    stimulus plan proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives in concert with President Obama.
    Under the plan, New York would qualify for an immediate distribution of $403 million—the most
    of any state—giving New York additional resources to fix the state’s safety net.
    New York’s December unemployment surge means that the state will now qualify for an additional
    13-week extension in federally-funded unemployment benefits. This provision was included in
    federal legislation enacted last November. New York workers are now eligible for a total of 33
    weeks of extended benefits. Workers will be able to file for benefits starting February 22, 2009.
    In addition to being an important part of the safety net for workers losing their jobs, unemployment
    benefits pump spending power into local economies across the state. Thus, unemployment benefits
    provide an important boost to local businesses during a recession, helping to stave off further job
    losses.
    During the previous recession earlier in this decade, unemployment benefits paid in New York State
    increased by $2.6 billion between 2000 and 2002—fully 18 percent of the growth in total incomes
    over these two years, according to FPI’s Parrott. In some parts of the state, the benefits were even
    more important, he said. “In the Southern Tier region of the state, unemployment benefits were 88
    percent of income growth during the recession. In New York City, over one third (36 percent) of
    income growth came from the increase in unemployment benefits paid out.”
    “The unfortunate failure to adjust New York’s maximum weekly unemployment benefit to keep
    pace with the growth in average wages is costing New York’s businesses hundreds of millions of
    dollars in consumer purchases, and ultimately worsening the state’s already bleak job picture,”
    Parrott said.
    The National Employment Law Project (www.nelp.org) works to promote policies and programs
    that create good jobs, strengthen upward mobility, enforce hard-won worker rights, and help
    unemployed workers regain their economic footing through improved benefits and services.
    The Fiscal Policy Institute (www.fiscalpolicy.org) is a nonpartisan research and education
    organization that focuses on the tax, budget, and economic public policy issues that affect the
    quality of life and the economic well being of New York State residents. THIS IS FROM NELP ABOUT NEW YORK UNEMPLOYMENT

  • DJEidson 01/23/2009 5:31am

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has an appeal like no other, however, by printing more money and driving this already fragile economy and National debt even further into despair will cause a long term effect that will be even more perilous than what we face now. I am opposed to spending more money and throwing it at an unproven idea, and as in the recent past has already been deemed ineffective. Though the intentions are there to relieve the stress implied by our current economic state, it is in my opinion that all of these wonderful stimuli can be readmitted as tax cuts and tax incentives for almost every ingredient of this bill, letting the people keep their money, even more of it, as well as trying to maintain the strength of our dwindling dollar.

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    nancym 01/26/2009 7:45pm

    What good are tax cuts when a person has no job? Proof is in the pudding—we’ve had years of upper income tax cuts with no investment in new jobs other than cheap labor overseas! So we should just continue the same misguided policies that got us into this mess in the first place? No thanks.

  • Anonymous 01/23/2009 7:04am

    After reading just the summary of The American Recovery and Reinvesment Act of 2009, it baffles me on how this is supposed to jump start us working class citizens. I have a small construction business, self-employed and there is not one part of this bill I see I or my neighbors will benefit from. This bill is designed for the elite groups, not the working class citizens. Most of the monies will be distributed among these elite groups at which they will have many set regulations you will have to maintain in order for them to assit your needs. This bill may be passed by February but will not actually be implented into the system for six months or longer. At that time being a small business owner I will not be contacted, on what my state, or community can better serve my needs. There will no media coverage to inform each individual on where they can obtain information in their area. I agree, this bill will just give these elite groups the power to have bidding wars among the smaller businesses starving.

  • Anonymous 01/23/2009 9:39am

    When are they suppose to vote on this and 598?

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    Anonymous 01/23/2009 8:55pm

    as soon as Wednesday

  • Anonymous 01/24/2009 4:30pm

    It seems Obama has forgotten about this campaign promise, which means thousands of dollars to each of the millions that can’t find a job now.

    How will Obama tax plans work in this economy?

    Unemployment benefits: No tax on unemployment benefits in 2008 and 2009.

    Sources: Deloitte & Touche, Tax Policy Center

  • Anonymous 01/25/2009 1:55am

    This bill should aptly be renamed the “George Soros Open Society Institute Take over America by Building a Government Insfrastructure prior to economic Recovery Plan 2009”

    We are being had folks. I am ringing the bells of liberty here for everyone to listen. This recovery plan came from the Center for American Policy, a George Soros thinktank and O has planted many of the CAP workers within his whitehouse. Soros radical agenda can be seen on www.discoverthenetworks.org. Compare the Whitehouse.gov agenda (way radical left) with Soros, and it all starts to connect. Soros bankrolled O, has Pelosi (her attorney was OPI’s main attorny). Google all his goons {Leon Panetta also fronts a Soros center) b/c its very tracable on the internet.

    O’s three day debacle (closing Guantanamo and reversing the Mexico City Policy) are only the tip of the iceberg for his intensely racical change for America. We must expose him as quickly as possible and make him ineffective.

    What can we do? Call your senators, congressmen, small newspaper editors (wont’ get much out of liberal media)and vocally state what this plan would truly mean to the American way of life.

    Don’t delay….

  • Anonymous 01/25/2009 6:23am
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    It’s very scary, that he wants to close gitmo and let all the terrorist set free to go kill Americans again?

  • Anonymous 01/26/2009 11:41am
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    Everything the Left wants in one, not so neat HUGE package.

    Take out the pork, add to energy independence using our own AMERICAN resources, before we go broke.

    It’s funny, but I really don’t see JOBS in any of this.
    How many construction workers do you think are out of work?
    Other than illegals of course.

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    nancym 01/26/2009 8:03pm

    I really think the trend on this particular comments section is toward rather narrow thinking. While I have objections to some elements of the new legislation, in fact I’m seriously upset with my own party about a few items, the overall idea is broader than anyone here seems to be giving it credit for.

    Having worked most of my life in jobs that were related to advertising or media, I have always been aware of just how dependent so many jobs are on national trends that are in turn based on the basics, like manufacturing, construction, agriculture, etc. Every job that’s not supplying the basics, like the “leech” jobs I’ve been involved with, similar to the financial markets in a weird way, are affected after the essential jobs are.

    I don’t think most people understand just how many “spin-off” jobs are created in the private sector when there are jobs created by either business or government in large employment sectors. Case in point, the threat of so many related jobs in the auto industry. But even in that, the estimates did not appear to include the indirectly related spin-offs like the example of Susan Lucci, famous soap star, who reportedly took a pay cut just because of lack of advertisers—the afternoon soaps were mainly supported by tons of local dealership ads on tv.

    And when I hear about jobs in construction or manufacturing, those jobs always need support—clerical, food services, accounting, advertising, graphics, PR, advertising, etc., etc., etc.

    Granted, these “trickle-out” jobs will take a little time, but I’m optimistic for the long-term future, even though the immediate term could be quite miserable as we get up to speed. That’s why we need some forms of relief in order not to make the clean-up even more expensive.

    Please open your eyes; these things are all inter-dependent on one another.

  • Anonymous 01/26/2009 4:38pm

    What happened to Obama’s unemployment extension’s and making unemployment benefits nontaxable.

    By Calvin from Overland Park, KS – Jan 25th, 2009 at 9:19 pm EST
    Also listed in: Kansas Veterans for Obama

    Well, before newly elected President Barrack Obama was sworn into office. He had promised to extend unemployment benefits another 13 weeks. Not only that but unemployment benefits were suppose to be tax free. Well after just putting in my weekly claim for unemployment tonight 01/20/09. I thought I would look into this matter to make sure it was documented on the official web site of the Kansas Unemployment web site. It plainly states that there is no federally funded unemployment extension’s available at this time. What? Is this a promise that he has broken right off the bat. Supposedly he was extending the federal unemployment benefits by 13 weeks, and making them all tax free. When I seen that I thought this man is a GOD SEND. But now I wonder? That’s why I voted for the Honorable man. Was his pledge to help the lower middle class, and standard middle class. So I have been looking into this matter. Before he took the oath of Presidency I received an email from MSN stating that what I mentioned above was supposed to take place. During his first months in the Presidency. Now this man made over 500 promises and I expect every single one of them to be kept. Since the hype machine has died down, I begin to wait and wonder. I am a proud veteran, who loved Ronald Reagan. He kept all of his promises to the military during his Presidency. Of course he made no where near the 500 post elections promises that Obama had made. He has allot to live up to. Allot of people were counting on these promises to be kept. Had he made to many? Is it really possible to live up to over 500 promises made during his campaign for the Presidency? Or had we all bought into the HYPE? Well its still early in his term, but I am following his every move. Believe me that if he just promised his way into the important position of the President Of The United States. How can he look a single American in the eye if he bought their vote on a certain promise, and never follows through on that voters promise. That they believed like us all. Do not get me wrong I am not trying to jump all over him. Just get the promises he made be kept. Or at least fought for. Everyone’s eyes and ears are on this President. Especially mine. Lets hope we just was SOLD ON THE HYPE. Yours Truly My Fellow Veterans and Americans. Signed looking for change, to create the promised land. The new country of change HE PROMISED. Currently I still LOVE THE MAN. Again thank you for your valuable time. Looking for a new job in KANSAS. Had my last one 12 years until President Bush ruined our economy. Signed, Mr. C.D.R. Veteran. P.S. May GOD BE WITH OBAMA. AMEN.

    http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/calvinrose/gGx27h

  • Anonymous 01/27/2009 7:35am

    man if they dont pass a 3rd tier extension its gonna be bad for alot of people

  • mitchpamf 01/27/2009 1:34pm
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    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!

  • Anonymous 01/28/2009 11:00am

    Umm…where exactly is the money for all of this coming from? Is there a money tree I don’t know about? I thought our ECONOMY was broken…how can we spend money that we don’t have????

  • Anonymous 01/28/2009 2:24pm

    WELL IT PASSED THE HOUSE TODAY WED JAN 28TH..NOW IT HAS TO JUMP THROUGH CONGRESS HOOPS!

  • Anonymous 01/28/2009 2:25pm

    OOPS I MEAN THE SENATE’S HOOPS!

  • Anonymous 01/28/2009 4:07pm
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    Start learning Chinese – they can call our loan anytime..

    Obama is preparing us for a one world economy and one world government.
    He’s apologizing to the Middle East for America… AARGH!!!!!!!!!

    We have been sold out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Anonymous 01/31/2009 5:27pm
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    Please dispense with the old and tired right wing crap. You guys LOST the election. get over it!

  • Anonymous 01/28/2009 4:19pm
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    Accuracy in Media has a really good article on the World Economic Meeting which started this week in Davos, Switzerland. They are calling for soveriegn countries to join the One World Economy for the greater good. All the banks which received all our bailout moneys have signed on as sponsors and the bigwig media moguls (think Murdock, fox, ABC, NBC, etc) are also sponsoring.

    After seeing todays meeting with the CEOS of Honeywell, Google, etc. with the President, I realized this bill is not about “We the people of America” at all – its about corporatism and a One World Economy.

    Did we Americans ask for this?
    Did he run a fair campaign explaining all of this?
    We MUST shut down this so called “Recovery Plan” or we will all be indentured servants of Amerika’s new One World Economy!


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