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Letter to The Honorable Harry Reid, Majority Leader of the Senate

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Vitter, Senators Ask Reid to Consider No Cost Stimulus Plan for "Jobs' Bill

U.S. Sens. David Vitter, John Cornyn, Tom Coburn, John Barrasso, Mike Enzi, and Jeff Sessions called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to embrace President Obama's renewed call for bipartisanship and consider their No Cost Stimulus proposal as part of the Senate version of a "jobs" bill.

"As President Obama said last night in his State of the Union address, he is hopeful for a bipartisan effort and sharing of ideas to help create jobs. The No Cost Stimulus Act is designed to limit the growing and crushing authority of the EPA, provide access for U.S. citizens to U.S. resources, and prevent the continued backslide of our energy policy. The act will also streamline review processes that are preventing millions of new jobs from being created. Most importantly, it does all of this without borrowing another dime from China or increasing our already historic deficit one cent," wrote the Senators.

The No Cost Stimulus Act, which would create more than two million jobs, has been endorsed by the Alliance for Worker Freedom, Americans for Tax Reform, National Association of Manufacturers, National Black Chamber of Commerce, National Taxpayers Union, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Fourteen senators have joined Vitter as cosponsors of the bill.

The full text of a letter sent to Majority Leader Reid follows:

January 29, 2010

The Honorable Harry Reid
Majority Leader, United States Senate
522 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Majority Leader Reid:

As President Obama said last night in his State of the Union address, he is hopeful for a bipartisan effort and sharing of ideas to help create jobs. Unfortunately, unemployment now stands at 10%, and if you include underemployed or those that have simply given up looking for work, the number is above 17%.
We face difficult decisions on how to stimulate our staggering economy, but what Americans have made clear in every public poll is that they are tired of more and more deficit spending and that we must control our skyrocketing deficit.

With that in mind, as Congress considers additional legislation to help grow the economy, we hope that S. 570, the No Cost Stimulus Act of 2009 would be considered as part of the debate in either the underlying Senate version or as an amendment.

This legislation was introduced with strong endorsements from the Alliance for Worker Freedom, Americans for Tax Reform, National Association of Manufacturers, National Black Chamber of Commerce, National Taxpayers Union, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The No Cost Stimulus Act is designed to limit the growing and crushing authority of the EPA, provide access for U.S. citizens to U.S. resources, and prevent the continued backslide of our energy policy. The act will also streamline review processes that are preventing millions of new jobs from being created. Most importantly, it does all of this without borrowing another dime from China or increasing our already historic deficit one cent.

Attached for your review is an economic analysis that supports the merits of the No Cost Stimulus. As you will see, this legislation would create more than 2 million jobs without increasing our deficit.

Again, as the Senate considers job creation legislation, we hope our idea of the No Cost Stimulus can play a robust role in a bipartisan debate. We owe it to the American taxpayer, our constituents, to come together and find solutions.


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