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Berkley: Report Shows Broad Economic Recovery Package Will Mean More Nevada Jobs

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Location: Washington, DC

Berkley: Report Shows Broad Economic Recovery package Will Mean More Nevada Jobs

Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today pointed to a new analysis released by the White House showing that the economic recovery package now before Congress could create thousands of new jobs in Nevada and protect employees against new layoffs. A final vote on The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is expected as early as Friday.

"From incentives to increase clean energy production to funding for work on I-15 and the Las Vegas Beltway, this package will mean jobs for Nevada at a time when we continue to face record unemployment levels," said Berkley. "According to the White House, passage of this legislation will create or save 34,000 jobs statewide, with the majority of those in Clark County."

The economic recovery package promotes the development of more clean energy and incentives for energy efficiency. Both activities will spur new investments and job creation.

"Southern Nevada's solar potential, coupled with our State's geothermal and wind resources, can make Nevada a leader in the use and production of clean energy. Our stimulus plan will create new, green jobs by making critical investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency," said Berkley. "The energy provisions in this bill will give geothermal and other renewable energy projects planned in Nevada the push they need to get underway. Our package also extends the tax credit for energy-efficiency improvements to existing homes through 2010. This will create new employment opportunities, reduce energy costs and help limit greenhouse gas emissions," said Berkley.

The legislation also invests in infrastructure projects that will put people to work on projects that are also good for Valley motorists and tourism.

"Modernizing and expanding our network of roads and highways will keep Valley traffic flowing, while funding for maintenance will increase safety and ensure that bridges and overpasses pose no danger to drivers or their passengers," said Berkley. "The Las Vegas Beltway, I-15 and U.S. 95 are all critical components of the Valley's transportation network. Funding from the stimulus package would be made available for work on this vital network of freeways that serves not only residents and businesses, but also millions of visitors to Las Vegas each year."

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