S. 1517 - A Bill to provide for the creation of jobs

A staffer from Senator Frank Lautenberg's office was kind enough to contact me to point out a bill the Senator introduced last month.

S. 1517, the "21st Century WPA Act,"

"...would launch a modern version of FDR’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) to put people back to work. It would empower the federal government to hire America’s long-term unemployed to do the work our nation needs - building roads and bridges, schools and firehouses; improving our nation’s energy efficiency; and expanding the skills of our nation’s workforce."

From a previous post, this is what FDR said about unemployment back in 1934:

"...we must make it a national principle that we will not tolerate a large army of unemployed and that we will arrange our national economy to end our present unemployment as soon as we can and then to take wise measures against its return."

The WPA was one of the tools used to combat unemployment after the Great Depression, providing almost eight million jobs between 1935 and 1943. What worked then would work now. There is a great and growing need for infrastructure investment in our country. Bills like this, as well as President Obama's American Jobs Act, would put people back to work rebuilding our nation.

Ask your Senators:

  • if they support American jobs
  • if they've co-sponsored either or both of these bills
  • if they're willing to have a debate about these bills
  • if they're willing to vote to create American jobs by voting yes for these bills.
If they say no, ask them why. Ask them to show you their plan, and explain to you why it's better than these bills. Ask them how many jobs their bill will create, and how it will help the deficit.

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