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Rep. Kind Statement on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

January 28, 2009
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –– U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) today made the following statement in support of H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:

“These are unprecedented economic times, and they require unprecedented action. Economic conditions in western Wisconsin and across the country are quickly deteriorating. While there may be disagreements about how we address it, there is overwhelming consensus that we must act.

“I believe this package is bold, is fast acting, and that it will create jobs. However it is also important that this package has an end date so that we don’t continue to incur additional unfunded obligations into the future.

“It strikes the right balance: tax cuts to give relief and spending power to 95 percent of American families, help for men and women hit the hardest by this recession, aid to state and local governments, and investment in infrastructure and new industries that will create jobs now.

“Finally, this package includes the accountability and transparency that was missing during the Bush Administration. People will know where and how their tax dollars are being spent and a new board will work to prevent fraud and waste.”