Where Are All Of The Jobs?Oct. 30, 2009
Washington, D.C. – Despite promises by the Administration of rapid job creation across the United States, following passage of the stimulus bill in February 2009, job numbers still remain dismally low. Over 8000 jobs were promised to the State of Alaska, after the $787 billion dollar bill passed, however, as of October 2009, only 287 jobs have been created (according to www.recovery.gov).
“We were promised 4 million new jobs in this country when this bill was passed,” said Rep. Young. “Instead we have lost 3 million so far. That bill was not a stimulus bill, it was a vehicle for bigger government. Despite calls for increased infrastructure spending for the creation of jobs, highway construction only accounted for 3.6% of the overall bill. Written without bipartisan cooperation, the stimulus bill included $137 billion in new government programs. The Congress is now working on a new surface transportation bill that can truly serve as an economic stimulus for this country. We need to expedite the passage of that bill, and start putting Americans back to work. We wasted a lot of time, effort, and taxpayer dollars with the Administration’s not-so-stimulating legislation, and now it’s time to get this country back on track.”