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Conference Report on H.R. 1, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

CONFERENCE REPORT ON H.R. 1, AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF 2009 -- (House of Representatives - February 13, 2009)


Mr. BUTTERFIELD. Mr. Speaker, I want to thank personally Congressman Waxman, Congressman Rangel, Congressman Obey and particularly their staffs for their hard work on this important legislation.

Mr. Speaker, no one disputes that we're in an economic crisis. It continues to deepen. Families are hurting. In my home State of North Carolina, more than one-third of our 100 counties are now suffering from double-digit unemployment, including 10 of those counties in the First Congressional District.

Without question, we need to quickly pass this stimulus bill this afternoon which will put people back to work, provide relief for the people who need it the most and make investments in our future. Americans demanded change last November. And we must answer that call today. I urge my colleagues to vote ``yes'' on this conference report.


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