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 01/07/2009 5:04pm

We need to make sure that this bill includes an extension of unemployment benefits for everyone and not just people with part time jobs.

This are the phone numbers for the Washington switch board Just ask for the senator or congressman you would like to talk to.

stevesharris 01/14/2009 12:51pm

Many of the proposals outlined in this bill are critical and I support them, but they are just the begining. A consistent and sustained investment in required to deliver on many of the desired benefits. Further investment proposals consistent with recent committee hearings would be welcome. Not as simply further government spending, but rather an investment to be tracked and continually evaluated.

Anonymous 01/09/2009 7:34am

The infastructure water and sewer improvements are recommended since many of the underground pipes leak even after 40 years of age. Also, some water and wastewater extensions can actually help employment locally with underground contractors. Also,if underground utiliies are extended to new businesses then local employment would go up … many small and medium businesses can just not afford the utility extensions on their own without government bonds being provided. Remember, any product made in America or sold in America helps provide US Jobs.


A concerned Michigan citizen and a utility manager

Anonymous 01/10/2009 7:20am


this is the report obama released today on this bill its 13 pages

marshall 01/08/2009 3:21pm

The first bill should enhance America’s energy independence by having the big 3 use the public funds to create jobs, how – start a vehilce recycling program of Rv’s – trucks / big cars that get less then 20mpv.

Start with 97 – 87 two for one exchange at cost of a new 2008 with o% loan; then 87 – 77 is a 3 for one… This removes old gas hogs and cleans the air.

The money saved from not buying oil from oversea’s could then help infrastructure.

Again the same could be done – helping every Business/Home ower put reel green energy projects geo/wind and solar – the power co. could then just work on the new grid – useing every home/business evergy system as little powerplants.

This provided tax relief, helps preserve and improve affordable health care, and protects those in greatest need, expand educational opportunities, and for other purposes.

This helps restore economic growth, and strengthen America’s middle class through measures that modernize the nation’s

Anonymous 02/07/2009 8:05am
in reply to marshall Jan 08, 2009 3:21pm

Unfortunately, it does nothing of the sort. The cost of buying a new car FAR outweighs the economic impact of saving money on fuel. Besides, Oil will continue to be purchased from overseas as long as Oil exploration is shut down domestically.

And why is more than half of the money spent in this bill, given to Govt Beaurocracy? And why is the vast majority of the money spent on infrastructure being spent between 2011 and 2019 if we need help now?

ZAPEM 03/20/2009 3:17pm
in reply to Anonymous Jan 07, 2009 5:04pm

No! We need to make sure this bill doesn’t get passed AT ALL!

Keep bankrupting America, so long as you get your unemployment check? Give me a BREAK!

Anonymous 02/09/2009 6:04pm
in reply to Anonymous Feb 09, 2009 2:45pm

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.

JunglePhantom 01/09/2009 6:54am
in reply to Anonymous Jan 09, 2009 5:03am

State rates won’t come out until January 27th.


glr 01/15/2009 4:28am

This is just a spending plan for all the projects that were talked about during the election wrapped into one package. This will allow the new administration to spend on what they want without having any accountability. They have already said that we shouldn’t be worrying about the deficit so they can spend spend spend.

The people making these decisions will never be touched but the economic conditions that the average US worker is so they will continue to spend our money with all those zeros on the end without getting any real results. I don’t think the average person in this country understands that our Government doesn’t have any money, only what we the people give them in taxes.

Bigger government is not going to solve the problem(s) we are in!

MissDollie 02/23/2009 1:31pm

It,s great we will have better roads to haul the chines imports to the east coast

nancym 01/26/2009 7:45pm
in reply to DJEidson Jan 23, 2009 5:31am

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.

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.

Anonymous 01/21/2009 12:36pm
in reply to Anonymous Jan 20, 2009 8:31pm

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.

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 01/23/2009 9:39am

When are they suppose to vote on this and 598?

nancym 01/26/2009 7:27pm
in reply to Bellekas Jan 10, 2009 9:10am

That was the problem with the faulty theory of trickle-down, that it started at the top. The job is the basis of an economy, not a fairy tale wishful thinking that credit will just free up on its own, at least not in this mess we’re in.

The hub of a free market is the consumer, and for there to be a consumer there has to be income for that consumer first. The business owner will not invest or hire anyone when there is obviously no one with money to buy goods, even when credit is available. But government can supply the job at that point to get things going again.

It trickles up, not down.

Anonymous 01/21/2009 1:34pm


Anonymous 01/15/2009 10:43am
in reply to Anonymous Jan 13, 2009 5:01am

Bush Vetoed every single thing the democrats tried to do. They passed zero bills. How does a party wthat passed zero bills take responsibility. I know you hate democrats, but don’t lie.

Anonymous 01/23/2009 8:55pm
in reply to Anonymous Jan 23, 2009 9:39am

as soon as Wednesday

nancym 01/26/2009 7:40pm
in reply to myopencongress Jan 22, 2009 5:36am

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.

Bellekas 01/10/2009 9:10am

Personally, I don’t see how this is going to trickle down into the economy that fast. It is a build-up of big government into our schools, instrastructure, business and personal lives.

Credit has practically been frozen to private enterprise, therefore, no one in private businesses can grow, hire and expand at this moment and that is why there are layoffs and job loss. Let the free market work by freeing credit and allowing private enterprise work or we will end up like Canada or Europe.

I know alot of people are hurting, we are too. But big government build-up does create a free market economy.

Obama/george soros
pelosi/george soros
franken/george soros
george soros/breakdown of europe
george soros/take down america

start your own researching, to truly find out what is going on in America

marshall 01/08/2009 3:27pm

note: the point is – make every dollar work hard, geting 2-3 times it’s value buy putting all hands that reach out for a buck use that buck to add the peoples value to there project…. our keep your hands out of the public cookie jar!

Anonymous 01/13/2009 5:01am


Anonymous 01/15/2009 5:46pm
in reply to Anonymous Jan 15, 2009 10:43am

President Bush has vetoed only five bills. The next President with less vetoes than GW Bush was James Garfield in 1881 (although he was President for only 6 months), so one would actually have to go further back.

Anonymous 01/21/2009 1:20pm


ZAPEM 03/20/2009 3:29pm
in reply to saintc Mar 18, 2009 10:06am

And just how are they inclined to start any business in this country when Obama and his cronies are threatening them with the burden of the taxes everytime they do anything around here? Where do you think your JOBS come from? Poor people? Obama hates the rich and he’s doing a good job convincing you to hate them too.

Enjoy your poverty, America!

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.

saintc 02/15/2009 12:15pm
in reply to Anonymous Feb 15, 2009 8:37am

This is the closest most complete I have found thus far.


Anonymous 02/02/2009 9:30pm
in reply to Anonymous Feb 01, 2009 6:42pm

You sure have a funny way of saying that you agree that bush didn’t veto democratic bills.

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