Populist Caucus Sends Letter to House Leadership Encouraging Job Creation

Washington, DC – Committed to strengthening America’s middle class and creating new jobs, the Populist Caucus today sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer encouraging them to pass a strong jobs bill to expand the infrastructure investments previously made as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

 “As members of the Populist Caucus, a Caucus dedicated to job creation, we urge you to pass a strong jobs bill that will build upon the infrastructure investment in the Stimulus Package and create good paying, quality jobs for America’s hard working men and women,” the letter states. “We believe that despite economic growth, it is clear that Americans on Main Street are still suffering.  The country needs a strong jobs bill that focuses on Main Street workers and small businesses, which are the driving force of our nation’s economy.”

The letter was signed by 19 members of the Populist Caucus, including Chairman Bruce Braley (IA-01), and Vice Chairs Keith Ellison (MN-05) and Betty Sutton (OH-13).  Other Populist Caucus members signing the letter were Reps. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Bob Filner (CA-51), Leonard Boswell (IA-03), Mike Michaud (ME-02), Linda T. Sanchez (CA-39), Lloyd Doggett (TX-25), Phil Hare (IL-17), Mazie K. Hirono (HI-02), Hank Johnson (GA-04), Steve Kagen (WI-08), Dave Loebsack (IA-02), Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), Peter Welch (VT-At Large), John Yarmuth (KY-03), Jackie Speier (CA-12) and Tom Pierello (VA-05).

The full text of the letter is attached.