Friday, January 30, 2009

America Benefits from the House Passage of Economic Recovery Plan

The House of Representatives this week approved the $819 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with a 244-188 vote. This bill will create the much-needed jobs in our community and will revive our economy. I commend our South Florida Members of Congress who voted for the bill, especially our Congressman Kendrick Meek.
This bill contains funding for many important programs that will benefit the City of Miami, and will assist working families during this time of economic difficulty. Both the House and Senate bills contain funding for key priorities including creating jobs through road and street improvements, bridge repair and maintenance, transit projects, public safety and water and wastewater infrastructure. The bills also contain funding for much needed job training, expanded unemployment benefits, poverty reduction, increased tax benefits, affordable housing and education.
Now it is time for the Senate to work to pass a bill that supports cities, job creation and economic growth.
Read more about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on the U.S. Conference of Mayors Website.