Immediately after taking office earlier this year, President Obama worked with Congress to put together a bold response to the economic challenges and hardship that Americans have been facing.
The stimulus package, known formally as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, has already made a difference, helping to jumpstart our economy while also making important investments -- in education, health care, clean energy, new technology, infrastructure and transportation -- that will continue to pay off well into the future.
I remain concerned about the high level of unemployment in California and nationally and will continue my efforts to help put more Americans back to work. Although we have a way to go, there are signs that the economy is indeed rebounding and job losses are slowing. Economists credit the stimulus package for preventing a more severe crisis and even higher unemployment.
Funding in the stimulus package has prevented layoffs of many nurses, police officers, firefighters and teachers, enabling them to continue both to provide for their families and serve our communities. In addition, the stimulus has created jobs for workers constructing and repairing vital infrastructure and transportation projects.