U.S. Rep. Jared Polis issued the following statement today on the passage of H.R.1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The bill, which will help make America more globally competitive and create/protect 3 to 4 million jobs nationwide, passed the house by a vote of 244 to 188.
"The time has come to set aside partisanship and invest in America to get our economy going again. This bill will immediately help prevent further job loss in hard-hit places like Adams County, by keeping hard-working Coloradans in their jobs so they can support their families and contribute to the economy."
"It also lays the foundation for a stellar 21st Century Education System. It builds green high-tech schools, reaches out to at-risk and disabled children, and increases aid to college students and their families. Without it, we risk losing precious ground in our fight to close the gap in education and ensure that the next generation is well-equipped to compete and thrive in this globalized economy. I am proud to take part in this measure to rebuild our nation's infrastructure - both physical and human - and renew confidence in our economy."