Congressman Chandler today called on Congress to take up and debate legislation that will put Americans back to work and help small businesses in Kentucky succeed. President Obama sent the American Jobs Act to Congress last month.
"The American people's top priority is job creation, and strengthening small businesses, rebuilding America and putting people back to work is a crucial part of growing our economy," Congressman Chandler said. "This legislation is paid for in full and includes elements -- the payroll tax credit, rebuilding our schools, a focus on improving infrastructure, and long-term deficit reduction -- which I think both sides of the aisle can agree will get our country on the path to economic recovery. There is no time to waste: Congress must act now to create jobs, strengthen our middle class, and expand our economy."
In Kentucky alone, the American Jobs Act will deliver tax cuts to 70,000 businesses, put 5,900 people to work rebuilding local infrastructure, support 6,100 teacher and first responder jobs, and offer $1,330 in tax relief to a typical household. The legislation is fully paid for and is based on bipartisan initiatives.
The American Jobs Act will result in hundreds of thousands of construction workers going back on the job to rebuild America's roads, bridges, rail lines, schools, and airports. American infrastructure now receives a grade of "D" from the American Society of Civil Engineers, with 119 bridges in Central Kentucky carrying nearly half a million people every day in need of repair. The legislation also includes an initiative to put construction workers on the job rehabilitating and refurbishing hundreds of thousands of vacant and foreclosed homes and businesses, which will strengthen our neighborhoods.