Local Reps., Labor Leaders and Citizen Advocacy Organizations Celebrate Passage of Economic Recovery Plan with Event Thanking Sen. Shaheen, Rep. Hodes and Rep. Shea-Porter for Turning the Page on Failed Economic Policies of the Past Eight Years
Hope and 3.5 Million Jobs Are on the Way as Congress Passes Most Important Legislation on the Economy since the New Deal
Concord - Local Reps., Labor Leaders and Citizen Advocacy Organizations gathered today in the State House cafeteria to celebrate the signing into law of President Barack Obama’s “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” as a historic and politically transformational achievement.
For New Hampshire specifically, the White House estimates that passage of the jobs plan will create or save 16,000 jobs in NH over the next two years, provide a ‘making work pay’ tax cut of up to $800 for 590,000 workers and their families, make 9,000 families eligible for a new American Opportunity Tax Credit to make college affordable; offer an additional $100 per month in unemployment insurance benefits to 57,000 workers in New Hampshire who have lost their jobs in the recession, and provide funding sufficient to modernize at least 28 schools in New Hampshire so our children have the labs, classrooms and libraries they need to compete in the 21st century.
“We thank Senator Shaheen, Representative Hodes and Representative Shea-Porter for supporting the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” said Katie Fox, Environment NH. “This is a major victory for the American people who are seeking relief from the worst economic crisis in a generation. Americansvoted for a change of direction in November, rather than more of the same failed economic policies that ran our economy into the ditch in the first place, and President Obama and Congressional Leaders have already begun to deliver. The Obama jobs plan makes the investments in transportation, health care, education and renewable energy necessary to jump start the economy and create jobs in the near and long term – while also providing tax relief to 95 percent of Americans.”
“Passage of the Obama economic recovery plan will help prevent cutbacks and job loss in education,” said Rhonda Wesolowski, President of NEA-New Hampshire.“This achievement represents a dramatic shift away from the failed trickle down economic policies of the past. It is a new, progressive approach that builds our economy from the bottom up by investing in people and communities. Educators and parents around the state are thankful that the plan includes much-needed support for education. It will help to ensure that, during this time of economic crisis, our children will continue to have the great public schools they need and deserve.”
“The rapid passage of the Obama jobs plan is a major, historic victory. However, it is only the first part of an agenda for change that America needs and that the American people voted for in November,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, Director of Granite State Progress.“Passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has redefined what is and what is not possible in Washington, and this victory provides momentum to the broader progressive agenda which Americans overwhelmingly support on issues ranging from health care reform and climate change to education. We’re extremely grateful to Representatives Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter, as well as Senator Jeanne Shaheen, for working to get the economy back on track and put millions of people back to work. They stood up to the attacks from right-wing radio and the Republicans in Washington that would rather do nothing in the face of the worst recession since the Great Depression.”
State leaders signed oversized thank-you cards to Senator Shaheen, Representative Hodes and Representative Shea-Porter. The cards will be delivered in person over the coming weeks, after members of host organizations have also had an opportunity to sign. At the event today, the gathering celebrated with various cakes labeled “Thank You , Senator Shaheen”; “Thank You, Reps!”; “Economic Recovery”; and finally “Congratulations NH” to mark the return of jobs.
Organizations hosting the event included AFSCME, ARA, Clean Water Action, Environment NH, Granite State Progress, NEA-NH, NH Citizens Alliance, NH Sierra Club, SEA/SEIU 1984, and Working Families Win.