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Senate Jobs Bill Breaks Legislative Logjam–National jobs coalition sees bill as an opening to take up emergency job measures

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010

Contact:
Germonique Ulmer 202-339-9331

Washington–Today, the U.S. Senate passed a $15 billion jobs bill. The following statement is by Alan Charney, campaign manager for Jobs for America Now:

“We thank the Senate leadership for pushing boldly for the passage of the $15 billion jobs bill,” said Alan Charney.  “Now that the legislative logjam has been broken there is an opening for the Senate to take up important job measures like: a full year extension of UI and COBRA to strengthen the social safety net for the long-term unemployed; extensions of state fiscal relief and FMAP to preserve jobs and needed services; publicly funded jobs to put the long term unemployed back to work; and infrastructure investments to get the economy moving again.

“We will continue to push for the bold action on the level of the crisis people are facing. When Wall Street needed help, America delivered. It’s time we deliver for Main Street.”

The Jobs for America Now coalition has a five point plan that would:

  • Provide relief through continued and expanded unemployment benefits, COBRA and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).  This relief aids those without jobs while at the same time creating jobs by boosting consumer spending.
  • Extend substantial fiscal relief to state and local governments.  Without this aid, state and local governments will have to cut their budgets, budget cuts that would lead to substantial job losses in both the public and private sector.
  • Create jobs that put people to work helping communities meet pressing needs, including in distressed communities that face severe unemployment.
  • Invest in infrastructure improvements in schools, transportation and energy efficiency, thus providing jobs in the short run and productivity enhancements in the longer run.
  • Spur private-sector job growth through innovative incentives and providing credit to small and medium-sized businesses.

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Jobs for America Now is a nationwide campaign of more than sixty groups organizing to put America back to work. For a complete list of participating organizations visit www.jobs4americanow.org.