* Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 4849, the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act of 2010. The passage of this bill will create jobs and continue to revive our economy.
* In particular, I would like to highlight a portion of this bill that has proven itself as a job creator and with passage of this legislation will continue to put people back to work: the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or ``TANF,'' Emergency Contingency Fund. Since its enactment as part of the Recovery Act, the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund has created or maintained 160,000 jobs and by extending the fund for an additional year it will create thousands more.
* This is an effort that has broad bipartisan support. Kevin Hassett, a scholar for the American Enterprise Institute, has said that ``Given the state of the labor market, it is hard to imagine how any sensible person could oppose such a move,'' and both Democratic and Republican Governors have supported extending the program.
* A few weeks ago in Connecticut I met with leaders in the state government, the business community and the non-profit community to discuss their efforts to utilize the Emergency Contingency Fund. The extension that we are passing today will allow them to take full advantage of this program as they have committed to putting together a plan to use this funding to create jobs in the state.
* I want to thank Chairman LEVIN for his hard work on this bill as well as the Caucus Jobs Task Force--particularly Dr. JUDY CHU, JIM MCDERMOTT, and Co-Chairs ALCEE HASTINGS and BETTY SUTTON. Each of these members has made a tremendous commitment to putting Americans back to work and I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.