Washington, DC— Democratic Senators Dick Durbin, Frank Lautenberg and Jeff Merkley joined Liz Freeberg, an unemployed worker from Minnesota; Dennis Van Roekel, President of the National Education Association; and Dave Johnson, a construction worker from New Jersey, at a press conference this morning to discuss the urgent need to pass an economic recovery package. Rising unemployment rates, a shrinking GDP and other deteriorating economic indicators underscore the urgency with which we need to strengthen our economy now and invest in our nation over the long term.
“The bill that we hope to pass this week will help create jobs in every state in the union, including approximately 200,000 jobs in my home state of Illinois,” Durbin said. “The types of jobs that we would create through this bill are nearly impossible to outsource and will help lay the foundation for the American economy of the 21st century. Now is the time to act. We haven’t a moment to lose.”
Said Lautenberg: “The economic recession is deepening, and it’s time for action. We need to put partisan differences aside to help families in New Jersey and across the nation. It is time to pass this recovery package and get our economy back on track.”
“Families across our nation are hurting right now,” Merkley said. “They lack health care, they worry about their jobs, they are in danger of losing their homes. For too long, the policies coming out of Washington were failing these families. The Senate bill is an embodiment of President Obama’s promise to reject the failed formulas that brought us to this point and invest in the future. We cannot wait to provide the help working Americans so desperately need.”
Said Freeberg: “With so many American’s continuing to struggle, we must do something to get our economy moving. This economic recovery package will help create much-needed jobs that would benefit families like mine."
“The time to act boldly is now,” Van Roekel said. “We urge the Senate to act quickly to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, because investing in schools is good economics. Timely action by the Senate will go a long way toward providing students with 21st century learning environments and ensuring great public schools for all students.”
Said Johnson: “America has a lot of work to do and Americans desperately need work, the only thing missing are the jobs.”