S. 1, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (29 comments ↓ | 3 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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  • This item is from the 111th Congress (2009-2010) and is no longer current. Comments, voting, and wiki editing have been disabled, and the cost/savings estimate has been frozen.
  • This bill, or a similar bill, was reintroduced in the current Congress as S. 1455, The Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment Act.

S. 1 would create jobs, restore economic growth, and strengthen America's middle class through measures that modernize the nation's infrastructure, enhance America's energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.

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January 23, 2009, 7:21pm (report abuse)

What is wrong with America today? We still delude ourselves with the ideas that we are free, our so-called-representatives are doing the job that we've elected them to do, we have and use REAL money, and noone can take our rights from us. It's painfully obvious that we live in an entitlement society, what we are told by television and the mass media MUST be true, and pulling more non-money out of the printer will make it all better! Giving any credence to the words of any new office-holder(NOT statesman)proves it. Does the Constitution authorize the action that these people wish to undertake? That is the question that we must ask. Call your elected officials' local office, and ask the person that answers the phone to send your elected's reasons for ANY UN-Constitutional actions, to you, in the mail. Along with that, ask that person- who does work for you, after all- to send you a copy of The United States Constitution. Read it for yourself. It is the law.


January 27, 2009, 2:52pm (report abuse)

It is painfully clear to me that some individuals have forgotten or have had the luxury to have never suffered the indignity of working hard their whole lives to one day need assistance from the government which they themselves have diligently paid taxes for! I suppose though that people who have never been hit by economic turbulence that threatens their families their health their very lives would be able to comprehend what it means to cry out for help from the county that that have served and supported only to be told "Your not Important" Real nice People. This Bill Requires support.

Kathy Kizziah

January 28, 2009, 11:47pm (report abuse)

I would like to know how this bill is going to help the people that are disabled and their only income is Social Security since we have already been informed that we will not be receiving a COLA in 2010. We cannot survive. We pay the same amount as anyone else for housing, food, and gas.


January 28, 2009, 11:57pm (report abuse)

We hire these critters to figure out that the solution to a leaky bucket is NOT to patch the leak but to point more currency into it: MADNESS!!!


January 29, 2009, 1:00am (report abuse)

Please pass this bill. to much tax money. to much time for N / V inmates ""please ""


January 29, 2009, 1:03am (report abuse)

Legalize Industrial Hemp to create jobs, restore economic growth, and strengthen America's middle class through measures that: (1) modernize the nation's infrastructure; (2) enhance America's energy independence; (3) expand educational opportunities; (4) preserve and improve affordable health care; (5) provide tax relief; and (6) protect those in greatest need.


End the "War" on Drugs if you really want to save money, create jobs and LIVES!

Linda Powell

January 30, 2009, 12:17pm (report abuse)





Linda Powell


February 2, 2009, 10:34am (report abuse)

Throwing money to a cause created by greed and corrupt CEO's is not the answer. Throwing money to people who are really in need is honorable. Will those moneys reach who are in need?


February 2, 2009, 6:22pm (report abuse)

Cut out the pork-barrel additions and add the tax cuts for people making less them $75K/year and you have my support. As it stands now, I'm against it.

Derrecho DeVia

February 2, 2009, 7:12pm (report abuse)

"End the "War" on Drugs if you really want to save money" This was the most intelligent comment, I've seen on this page. I have to agree, but many people, including congressmen, don't know that Wall Street needs drug trafficking. Too little space to explain it here. The war on drugs, besides a means to tap into resources of other counties, it also makes a great front for getting the drugs in that they need, and keeping those who don't benefit the powers that be out, while at the same time adding to the lucrative privatized prison system. I cannot go into detail here, but we have Central and South America, but one that many people don't think about is Afghanistan. In 2001 US troops gnawed away at the Taliban, leaving the Northern Alliance to breath new life into the opium trade. When the Taliban took back control, this hurt Wall Street. $10 billion/wk over several years, isn't much off from the stimulus amount. Well, out of space.

Oprah Winfrey

February 3, 2009, 8:13am (report abuse)

Isn't Barack hot!? Tom, if you are out there, come see me soon. We have to stop spending. Our $ will be worthless soon unless we keep a few dollars in our treasury. I love my man Obama and his lovely wife, but come on. Washington D.C has a spending problem and they seem to have issues with paying taxes. Now, all together lets yell outside "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!!!

Jeff Spicoli

February 3, 2009, 8:23am (report abuse)

Aloha everyone! You know, us white folks left this England place 'cause it was bogus; so if we don't get some cool rules ourselves - pronto - we'll just be bogus too!

All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine. I'm so wasted!

About the stimulus... righteous bucks!

Now, let's take a lude and get laid!

Mr. Hand

February 3, 2009, 8:28am (report abuse)

Mr. Spicoli, why are you not in school today?

All you American people are on dope! Congress and Washington D.C. are our role models. So, stop paying taxes.

Jeff Spicoli

February 3, 2009, 8:37am (report abuse)

Wait a minute, there's no birthday party for me here! Hello, Mr. Hand.

School hurts my brain. Tommy said there is plenty of money coming my way and that I don't need any more education.

Mr. Hand, I want to enjoy this planet and animals without filling my brain with war and crime. All I want is an oiled babe in one hand and a dube in the other.

Hey, my hand is named as you Mr. Hand. I carry you around all day long. Mr. Hand, meet this babe hu hu uh hu.

Mr. Hand

February 3, 2009, 8:42am (report abuse)

Mr. Spicoli! What is this fascination with truancy?

What is it that gets inside of your heads?

There are some teachers at this school who look the other way at truants. It's a little game you both play.

The teachers pretend they don't see you, and you pretend you don't ditch! Now, in the end, who pays the price?

The American taxpayer pays the price. Not the homeless. Not the welfare recipient. The taxpayer.

Well, we QUIT!!!


February 6, 2009, 1:41pm (report abuse)

I just called Charles Rangel, Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means. I was able to speak to one of his staff and asked what the committee was doing for the long-term unemployed. I told him I have read H.R. 1 and all it does is move EUC tier 2 benefits from 3/09 to 12/09 and increases the benefit amount by $25 per week. It does nothing for over 3 million American who have lost their jobs and been unable to find work. If anyone wants to get mad please call or email this committee. I have posted the correct link or contact information. Although this employed person was sympathetic, currently those of us who have been hurt by this economy the longest are currently expendable surplus as part of this Stimulus Bill.


Committee on Ways & Means

U.S. House of Representatives

1102 Longworth House Office Building

Washington D.C. 20515

Phone: (202) 225-3625

Fax: (202) 225-2610


February 10, 2009, 3:26pm (report abuse)

With all the pork in this bill and the amount provided to increase jobs this spending bill is flawed and should be trashed. It would cost about 300K for each job produced. Just give 150K to qualified unemployed until it runs out.....cheaper and more fair. Stupid bill, stupid congressmen.

Trish in Alabama

February 14, 2009, 2:17pm (report abuse)

This plan will get the markets moving again, allowing us the taxpayers to help ourselves. Since taxpayers are going to foot the bill for stimulus packages, give every legal U.S citizen 25 years old and older old, one million dollars. It will solve all of the housing crises, loan defaults, foreclosures, joblessness, health insurance affordability, and homelessness. It will resolve the problems with the failing social security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and other failing government funded programs. People would draw money from an account from with a card that the government issues. You must provide a fingerprint in order to receive the funds and to identify yourself. To make things fair, give anyone that has a million dollars or more a million dollar tax credit. There are approximately 24.5 million millionaires in the U.S. There are approximately 308,000,000 people in the U.S currently. One American is born every 7 seconds, and one dies every 13 seconds

Trish in Alabama

February 14, 2009, 2:20pm (report abuse)

My plan continued:

1.The original million is non-taxable money.

2.Any money or investments that you make from is taxed unless it’s invested in U.S Bonds, education savings, healthcare savings, 401 K, IRA taxes are non-taxable.

3.You can invest ONLY in U.S owned and based companies, or stocks in existing companies that are physically in the U.S and that do not have overseas branches or offices.

4.None of the original million or any of the money you make from it can ever leave the U.S.

5.Illegal aliens and their U.S. born children are not eligible.

6.Americans that harbors or hires illegal aliens are not eligible.

7.You must finish high school or get a GED to be eligible

8.You must reside in the U.S. full time. If you leave for any reason except for military duty or as a part of your employment, you forfeit the money.

9.You can go to a U.S. college as a full time student for 5 years GPA must stay above 3.00.

10.You must pay off ALL existing debts of any kind.

Trish in Alabama

February 14, 2009, 2:26pm (report abuse)

My Plan continued:10.You must pay off ALL existing debts of any kind.

11.All existing and new homes including rental property must produce their own power.

12.You must pay for your health insurancefor 5 years in advance 13.Failure to file a tax return, pay taxes,child support, forfeit all the money.

14.Commit a crime other than traffic violations forfeit the money.

15.When you die any of the remaining original million goes back to the government.

16.Your heirs receive any assets made with the original million 17.Incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people are not eligible.

18.Mental patients that use the insanity plea in court to avoid criminal prosecution are not eligible.

19.People that reside in any type of mental or assisted care facility are handled case-by-case basis

20.Everyone has to pass random drug testing

21.You forfeit receiving any type of privately funded,city county, state or federalgovernment assistance including S.S, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps.

sharon larkins

February 16, 2009, 12:36am (report abuse)

I feel that if these projects were truely needed, they should go through the appropriate committees and be voted on individually. Congress has no idea what they voted for. Politics as usual.

a concerned citizen

February 16, 2009, 1:40pm (report abuse)

Trish in Alabama for president!!!!!

Carolyn in Michigan

February 17, 2009, 3:44pm (report abuse)

Wake up people!! This is how socialism got started and we are well on our way. People quit siting back and letting this government put their hands in everything


February 17, 2009, 10:57pm (report abuse)

The american people were done a grave injustice by Congress drafting and passing a spending bill of this magnitude with such expediency. The arrogance of Congress to decide what is good for the american people without a referendum, without the american people having any say is wrong.


February 19, 2009, 3:30pm (report abuse)

All my life I have tried to play by the rules. Now I have Lost half of my savings. I am strapped yet continue to meet my obligations. Now the US Government wants to take moe of what I have and give it to "those in greatest need." That would mean people that lived way beyond their means. Made bad decisions or cercumvennted the system. The government should put up a safety net for the most downtrodden by building homeless shelters and opening soup kitchens. Lessons need to be learned.

A Fellow American

February 21, 2009, 12:49pm (report abuse)

What I dont understand about Congress and House passing a legislative Bill. They signed a contract without reading the contract. First law of any contractual business...first item we teach our children for business...do not sign your name unless you read and understand what you are signing!

Failure to read this Bill, allows Ameicans to call for " removal of the House and Congress" as they did not protect the people for which they were elected to do.

Trish in Alabama

February 22, 2009, 5:12pm (report abuse)

Thanks "a concerned citizen" I appreciate the vote! I just wish that the senators and the rest of them thought as highly of my idea as you and I do. It's so simple it's ridiculous maybe that's why no one has paid attention to it. They probably think I'm nuts or something but I really believe that would resolve a LOT of problems very quickly and with a LOT less debt to the taxpayers. Not to mention that NO elected official would dare vote against it.

Title VI Specialist

February 25, 2009, 10:17am (report abuse)

The stimulus package appears to be an admiriable effort to boost the economy. However, I have heard nothing about compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which requires that the expenditure of Federal funds be tracked and reviewed to ensure that the fund are used in a nondiscriminatory manner. States receiving these funds should be held accountable under Title VI! Every entity that receives funds is responsible for establishing policies and procedures to ensure Title VI compliance. To my knowledge Tennessee is the only state that has addressed Title VI statewide and it has been in effect for 45 years. There is no better time than the present to come to a nationwide understanding of Civil Rights and comply with title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964!

Louisiana Woman

March 28, 2009, 9:26am (report abuse)

I am watching the political greed gather round down here in the south. Churches and non profits qualifiying for designated money and making SBA loans for community development programs and then getting grants to pay off the SBA loan... and guess what! The preachers own the various companies "hired" by the churches and the non profits to do the work... so the money goes into the CEO's hands once again... this is so not right. It is really just about the same thing that happened with the AIG bailout and the CEO got all those bonuses... well how will OBAMA get the money back out of the preachers and owners of these non profit organizations hands... it was all in the bookkeeping and journal entries.. And the banks are going for it because they get benefited by the money going through thier banks!! It all becomes a scam of greed and doesn't address the NEED of the USA to become economically stable!

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