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.

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    janwashere 03/29/2009 9:17am
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    Please let’s support this progressive change Obama has proposed. Renewable energy, health care and education. All will bring revenue into our economy and they are positive, progressive changes. Changes we have never seen before! There is nothing negative about them. I am excited about this welcoming change.

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    Anonymous 01/20/2009 8:41am

    The more the plans fail,the more the planners plan!! Government can’t fix this!! When the politicians get involved it gets worse!! This is documented by history!

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    Anonymous 01/20/2009 8:47am
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    You take God out of the Government then the Government becomes “God”!

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    ZAPEM 03/20/2009 3:17pm

    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!

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    DJSforUSA 03/24/2009 12:32pm

    Congress should not be making laws concerning unemployment, Our Fore Fathers wrote the U.S. Constitution, I believe they should know the meaning of the words written in it! ……….. “Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government”. – James Madison ……. “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation and foreign commerce. …… The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives and liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State”.- James Madison, -

  • Anonymous 01/08/2009 11:37am

    From what I heard it will also include people who have worked part time and go past the march 2009 deadline. Obama said it today on his news conference that UE will be extended again, its needed and will put money right back into the economy. I just hope congress doesnt take forever to get it passed. They are talking about mid febuary at the soonest.

  • Anonymous 01/08/2009 2:44pm


    at around 2.15 in Obama’s speech he says they will continue an extension of unemployment for those “without jobs” so this sounds good but I would really like to see the real language of this bill.

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    JunglePhantom 01/09/2009 6:52am

    I would like to see it, too. “Continue” could just mean they are going to extend the current deadline on the current extension.

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    Anonymous 01/09/2009 1:37pm

    From what i heard Obama say it will go past the March 2009 deadline, i think he means it will continue as it has like a 3rd unemployment extension, i heard 13 weeks. But its still up in the air as congress has to make up its mind what to do.

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    Anonymous 01/25/2009 1:04am

    according to the summery of they bill they are just extending the deadline that people can sign up for the current extension, There is no additional extension in the stimulus.

  • 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

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    Anonymous 02/07/2009 8:05am

    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?

  • 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!

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    ZAPEM 03/20/2009 3:20pm

    Your hands nor the government’s hand shouldn’t be in the public cookie jar to begin with! Ever think of that?

  • Anonymous 01/09/2009 5:03am

    Today the dept of labor was supposed to release jobless rates for all the states, does anyone know where they can be found. I know the national jobless rate jumped to 7.2, but havnt been able to find anything about state rates..any help would be great. The Dept of labor has not updated its webpage from November.

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    JunglePhantom 01/09/2009 6:54am

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


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  • 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

  • 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

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    nancym 01/26/2009 7:27pm

    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.

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    radioastro 02/03/2009 12:47pm

    The economy does not “Trickle up” nor “Trickle down”.

    The economy is the measure of transactions between willing participants. You can thank both your over-reactive government and your over-reactive federal reserve for the vast and many issues that we face as a people.

    If you think it is anything else, you are wasting your time with false and petty class warfare and missing the big picture.

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    IlaRae 02/07/2009 11:01am
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    Your response was helpful until the last sentence. How about simple explanations instead of insults. How has the government been over-reactive and how has that contributed to our current downward economic situation? How has the federal reserve been over-reactive and how has that contributed to our situation?

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    lukescot 02/06/2009 5:00am

    Good Job Bellekas. This is exactly what needs to happen. Give people the information and challenge them to do their own research and make up their own minds. The liberal view will not give the information needed to make a good educated decision. They prey on fears, emotions and weak personalities.
    I have to very Liberal friends that thought I was a crack pot explaining what is really happening. It came very close to them abandoning me because they were so brain washed from the likes of MSNBC/Huffington Post and their liberal friends they blog with. I finally got one to do what you suggested and he was very angry that he was not being told the truth by his information sources. Not only was he not being told the truth, he was not being told the whole story. They tend to leave out the important facts and stick to fear.
    They act as a pack and feed off one another to confirm their beliefs. They will attack you as a group because one on one they get lost in the facts. But if you can peel one of them away, state the facts, have them do their own research (when no one is looking) they will see the light.
    I purposely did not follow up with my friend to see what he found. Just ignored him. Three days later he contacted me and apologized for being so narrow minded. He is now working on the rest of the pack one at a time.

    To everyone. One at a time. You can’t convince the pack. Start today and lets get this wave moving.

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    IlaRae 02/07/2009 11:05am
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    Why don’t you start with the facts here? Instead of ugly name calling why don’t you list one bit of helpful information and a resource for additional background and give my liberal self something to think about instead of insulting me?

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    Anonymous 02/17/2009 10:36am

    Good advice. How do we know that lukescot is providing facts to his liberal friends or just what he has been deceived by teh conservative pack into believeing are the facts?

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    ZAPEM 03/20/2009 3:24pm

    Why don’t you try some documents called the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and The Bill of Rights where it says quite clearly that the government has no right to take from the rich and give to the poor. Way to go, libs! You over-taxed the businesses and now they’re going out of business, cutting off your employment. Stupid people.

  • Anonymous 01/13/2009 5:01am


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