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Support the Jobs Agenda

 I will be introducing a bill, The Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act, to put over 2 million people to work. Economists estimate a 1.3 percent reduction in unemployment. It costs $227 billion dollars for 2 years and can be paid for by requiring millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share as in my Fairness in Taxation Act.  


Every penny of this plan must go to a job -- not to a tax incentive in the hopes that somebody creates a job.  This two-year jobs program will help get the economy up and running again while investing in critical areas of our nation’s infrastructure.  The New York Times said in an Editorial this week that this plan is an idea worth fighting for.
 

The biggest crisis that faces the United States isn’t the federal deficit.  It’s the jobs deficit.  Over the last decade we’ve watched the middle class shrink, and the rich get richer and richer.  The American Dream is becoming increasingly out of reach for most Americans, and now is the time to take bold action to get the economy working again for all Americans.

The pundits in Washington would have us believe that we have only two options when it comes to deficit reduction: cutting spending or raising revenue.  The reality is there is a third option, growing the economy, and that can only be done by putting people back to work.  

The reason businesses are not hiring is not because of a lack of confidence; it’s a lack of customers. With more people employed and spending, we can set ourselves on the path to recovery.
The idea behind this common sense plan is simple.  If we want to create jobs, then create jobs.  Americans want to roll up their sleeves and get to work.  This plan takes an important step in that direction.
The Jobs Corps: Over 2 Million new jobs

 

School Improvement: 400,000 construction and 250,000 maintenance jobs to repair and improve existing schools.
Park Improvement: 100,000 jobs for young people, aged 16-25 to restore and rehabilitate our natural, recreational and cultural resources.
Student Jobs: 250,000 new work study jobs through new funding to the Federal Work Study Program, giving more students the opportunity to help put themselves through college.
Neighborhood Heroes: Funding to hire or re-hire over 350,000 Teachers, Police Officers, and Firefighters.
Health: Grants to hire 40,000 doctors, nurses, and other health care workers to expand access to health care in underserved rural and urban areas.
Community Corp: 750,000 news jobs for green initiatives in sectors like weatherization, recycling, and brown field redevelopment, and a new housing construction program modeled after Habitat for Humanity.