Providing For Consideration Of Senate Amendment To H.R. 3326, Department Of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010; For Consideration Of House Joint Resolution 64, Further Continuing Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2010; For Consideration Of H.R. 4314, Permitting Continued Financing Of Government Operations; For Consideration Of Senate Amendment To H.R. 2847, Jobs For Main Street Act, 2010
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Mr. HARE. Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of the rule and the underlying bill, the Jobs for Main Street Act.
First I would like to thank all the members of the Democratic leadership for their hard work in putting together a jobs bill, the Jobs for Main Street Act. It is an important step forward.
As we all know, since December of 2007, our Nation has faced the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. As a result, 15 million, or 10 percent, of our Americans are out of work. The Jobs for Main Street Act is an important first step in reemploying America and making our families more secure.
Specifically, I want to call attention to several principles that I have championed that have been included in this bill, such as extending the COBRA subsidy. This is a critical safety net for the millions of unemployed across this country, protecting and expanding our Nation's critical workforce with teachers, police and firefighters; putting people to work to improve and rehabilitate our Federal, State and local public lands.
I would also like to commend Chairman Oberstar for his leadership on the transportation and infrastructure portion of this bill. There is no better way to invest in our economy and create jobs than by investing in infrastructure.
For example, only 4 percent of the Recovery Act went to programs under the jurisdiction of Chairman Oberstar. However, that 4 percent for infrastructure has created 25 percent of the jobs under the Recovery Act. This is a testament to the effectiveness of investing in infrastructure. Over half of this bill is dedicated to investing in our roads, bridges, trails, transit systems, airports, and waterways.
Madam Speaker, I look forward to working with leadership to ensure that this Congress passes this bill and takes further action in the next session to put Americans back to work.
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