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 01/15/2009 10:43am

    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.

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    Anonymous 01/15/2009 5:46pm

    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.

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    Anonymous 01/15/2009 5:49pm

    Are you sure your not a retard political activist?
    Ronald Reagan -————78
    George H. W. Bush -—-44
    Bill Clinton -———————-37
    George W. Bush -———-5

    Grover Cleveland -—414 more than all of them combined.
    and that was just his first term in office!

    1. July 19, 2006: Vetoed H.R. 810, Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, a bill to ease restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Override attempt failed in House, 235-193 (286 needed).

    2. May 1, 2007: Vetoed H.R. 1591, U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007. Override attempt failed in House, 222-203 (284 needed). A later version of the bill that excluded certain aspects of the initial legislation that the President disapproved of, H.R. 2206, was enacted as Pub.L. 110-28 with the President’s approval.

    3. June 20, 2007: Vetoed S. 5, Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

    4. October 3, 2007: Vetoed H.R. 976, Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (“SCHIP”). Override attempt failed in House, 273-156 (286 votes needed).

    5. November 2, 2007: Vetoed H.R. 1495, Water Resources Development Act of 2007. Overridden by House, 361-54 (277 votes needed). Overridden by Senate, 79-14 (62 needed), and enacted as Pub.L. 110-114 over President’s veto.

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    Anonymous 02/01/2009 6:42pm
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    Are you sure you’re not a moron?

    Dems may have held a majority since 2006, but it was only a simple majority. The earlier comment that Bush vetoed any attempted bills is untrue – he didn’t NEED to veto bills because they never made it to his desk. The Dems couldn’t pass anything since they held under 60 seats. Most bills didn’t even elicit a proper filibuster because Dems knew it wasn’t worth the wasted time and effort to try to push for enough votes. The Republican party has refused to even appear bipartisan, and the continuing stubborn behavior is only going to deepen the country’s problems. Obama has played nice, made concessions, and they’re still being sore losers. They need to grow up. The public voted for Obama and his policies, so swallow some pride and go back to preschool to learn how to cooperate.

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    Anonymous 02/02/2009 9:30pm

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

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    IlaRae 02/07/2009 11:13am

    There you go again. Some good points but once again the insult. We are in a world of hurt and we need to work together. No one group has all the answers. Until we listen to one another we will never understand our problems. If we don’t understand them we will only solve them by accident if we are so lucky. Insults simply do not contribute to any solutions.

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    ZAPEM 03/20/2009 3:26pm

    How do you explain Pelosi’s first order of business by removing any bi-partisan amendments to her bills? HUH? HUHHHHH???

    Oh wait! You have no explanation for her tyrannical march on America.

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    Anonymous 02/03/2009 5:47pm

    Actually, Bush vetoed 12 bills (1 pocket veto) according to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_presidential_vetoes#George_W._Bush). Just pointing that out, I’m not taking any sides.

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    Anonymous 02/04/2009 6:14pm

    Good find, I cut and pasted the 5 from the wiki page 20 days ago it has been updated in the last 20 days.

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    ZAPEM 03/20/2009 3:25pm

    Who is passing all the spending bills now like a runaway train? The DEMOCRATS, that’s who. You are to blame for what is happening to this country.

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    adehart 02/10/2009 3:56am

    Can you please name one spending bill the democrats passed in the last couple of years? It seems to me you’re the one not doing your research. The way we got here is because of the deregulation of the banking industry that allowed them to write mortgages that were shakey at best. And I dispute the notion that the loans were made due to pressure to provide housing to low income citizens. The loans were made because the mortgage brokers were paid based on the number of loans they wrote and they were greedy. They took their money and ran, leaving the banks will billions in bad debt. The difference between the dot-com bubble and the housing bubble is that no one spent the paper profits made from dot-com investments. People spent equity in their homes that didn’t truly exist, leaving them upside down on their mortgages as the inflated home prices fell. That is what destroyed the economy not the Democrats spending.

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    Anonymous 02/17/2009 10:31am

    Democratic spending? One year of the Iraq war cost would pay for the Stimulus bill with some left over. My taxees have gone up by a huge amount under the Bush administration. Get off the Democrats-are-the-tax-and-spend-people soapbox.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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    Anonymous 01/16/2009 5:21am
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    You are absolutely right. The currently unemployed that are at the last thirteen weeks of unemployment will be the new welfare participants and how is this helping anyone or anything. Where are the jobs programs and even more important where are the jobs?? They are gone , trickled out of the great USA for the last ten years and they won’t be coming back , this is permanent. Building bridges and roads MR. Obama won’t recover our America..

  • ConservativeLegend 01/16/2009 3:03am
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    Our country is drowning, and the debt is pushing our head under. This bill will be the anchor tied to our foot. It is just a disastorous bill as far as our economic and financial health are concerned. If this passes you can start writing the obit for the good ’ol USA.

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    Anonymous 01/16/2009 5:23am
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    We can all blame Pelosi, Reid Dodd and Barney for the last two years of disaster and with Obama in office it’s gonna get worse. He doesn’t have a rat’s ass idea how to save this country from the spiral effect of doom..

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    Anonymous 01/21/2009 8:41am
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    You are absolutely right, We can only pray for a miracle.
    More Government is not a good thing………..

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    sandyc 01/30/2009 7:34am

    Any support that you’d like to offer for these statements? It seems very plausible to me that the current “mess” that we’re in did not begin 2 years ago when Democrats became the majority in Congress, and they did not even begin with Bush’s presidency. This fallout is more a result of practices in our financial sector of savings and loans that changed during the 80s under Reagan and the deregulation of that industry. Ever since, the wealth inequality in our country has been increasing steadily, and there is a significant correlation historically between the degree of wealth inequality and economic turmoil. Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, and Barney have had little effect on this crisis.

    What may be more important is asking why the Bush Administration’s tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 (and continued), crafted and passed by a legislative body representing laissez-faire economic policies, was not able to stimulate the economy following 9/11? If the laissez-faire policies have not been working, maybe a more active government will actually be able to help improve our situation, as it clearly did with the New Deal. At least President Obama is referring to historical precedent, and requiring that ALL of the activities proposed under H.R. and S. 1 been overseen, transparent to the people, and gather outcome data to see what works and what doesn’t. But, like has been mentioned in discussion of bi-partisanship, this legislation is not going to be “perfect” to anyone. Just palatable. But still necessary.

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    radioastro 02/03/2009 12:54pm

    You didn’t go back far enough, SandyC. You need to move back even further to the very early 1900s. Decisions made during that time is to blame for the substantial swings of the business cycle. By empowering a fiat currency we have allowed politicians to set monetary policy that is not in line with actual business realities.

    We have had much worse recessions than we are experiencing today, and the policies of Reagan actually alleviated a significant recession in the early 80s and set up a number of years of success following it that were unmatched in our history.

    Unfortunately, even Reagan’s successes are diminished substantially by the inflation created by the Federal Reserve. Real hope and change would come in the abolition of our Federal Reserve and a return to hard currency, uncontrolled by governments. This would actually ensure business safeguards that would not allow for “credit freezes” because business lenders would never lend in the first place to unsafe borrowers.

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    GiveMeLiberty 02/05/2009 3:59pm

    I agree with ConservativeLegend, this bill will ruin us for years to come. There are many in office that we can blame. The SEC for not responding to the Madoff tip(s), the failed oversight of Freddie and Fannie – 200 employees with nothing else to do but oversight – oops. The list goes on and on.

    So what to do? Seems that California has a good idea or two. Local governments are rebelling against Arnold and the plan to withhold payments. We should figure out similar measures.

    I for one, have no desire to be part of an extra $1,000,000,000,000 in debt, nor do I want to pass that on to my children. I am phoning, emailing, blogging an posting my opposition to this bill anywhere I can. I hope ya’all are, too.

    From the mouth of a life long Democrat – I’m sick and tired of big government and big business.

    Good luck everyone.

  • Anonymous 01/17/2009 8:39am
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  • Anonymous 01/18/2009 1:14pm
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    It’s “enfant cherie” smartass!

  • Anonymous 01/18/2009 1:30pm
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    Amen to that, was the above post about pelosi, Reid and Dodd and Frank!

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    Anonymous 01/25/2009 4:35am

    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.

    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.

    O’s three day debacle (closing Guantanemo, overturning the Mexico City Policy) are the tip of the iceberg to radically changing American life. We must expose him as quickly as possible and render him ineffective.

    Don’t delay….

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    sandyc 01/31/2009 5:07am

    He was elected on a platform of changing the way the our country operates, because there is a lot of it that our infrastructure that is flawed. Just take a look at the situation we’re in now. Not so pretty. If nothing else, the fact the this administration and these “think-tankers” are going to such great lengths to ensure that this is the most transparent and accessible piece of legislation in history, tells me that no one is “being had.” Nobody KNOWS exactly what will happen after this attempt to stimulate. None of us are fortune tellers. But sitting around and watching the whole thing burn doesn’t seem like much of an option to me, either.

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    Anonymous 02/01/2009 10:10am

    I am sick of the right wingers who would impose their bible based ideals on us all. We have lived through 8 years of the worst presidency in history. Our country is reviled throughout the world due to the neo-con policies of the last 8 years. We have been lied to about WMD, we have seen the lives of agents put in jeopardy for political payback by small petulant men, we have seen thousands of lives and BILLIONS of dollars wasted in Iraq, we have seen corruption in our government not seen since the Regan years, we see the poverty level rise to new heights, we have seen the top 10% of the people in this country flourish while the bottom suffers and the middle dissappears, and this from the party that espouses family values. As long as Mr. Anonymous, and those like him rail against progress, they are part of the problem and not the solution. The right wing has always been good at tearng things down, but terrible at building an all inclusive society. They call anyone who does not agree with them, liberals, which they use in the most derogatory terms. If you disagree, you are ostracised. Their is room for only one opinion. If this is the American life you so want, then by all means keep chopping at the base of the tree, for eventually it will come down. If you want to be a part of the solution, then for god’s sake shutup and do something to help the country!

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    ZebVance 02/02/2009 8:40am

    You deride Mr. Anonymous and accuse him of using derogatory terms. What are you doing Mr. Anonymous? Incidentally, I’m a free thinking Independent!

  • Anonymous 01/20/2009 8:31pm

    do you really think this will be another extension? OMG I hope so.

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