17 December 2009

They Voted for You: Jobs Stimulus

U.S. Reps. Alan Mollohan, D-1st, and Nick Rahall, D-3rd, helped pass a bill aimed at jobs and unemployment that mixes "about $50 billion for public works projects with another almost $50 billion for cash-strapped state and local governments," The Associated Press reports.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-2nd, voted along with all other House GOP members present in opposing the measure, which prevailed 217-212.

"The measure blends a familiar mix of money for highway, transit and water projects and aid to help communities retain teachers and firefighters," AP reports. "There's also $41 billion for a six-month extension of more generous unemployment benefits and $12 billion to renew health insurance subsidies."

Republicans dubbed the bill "Son of Stimulus," and were not alone. "Given increasing anxiety among Democrats over massive budget deficits and the party's poor marks with voters for its free-spending ways, the measure could face a tough road. Some 38 Democrats voted against the plan, mostly moderates and junior members elected from swing districts," the article said.

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