RELEASE: Rep. Blumenauer Votes to Help Stimulate Oregon's Economy and Provide Economic Relief

February 13, 2009
Press Release

 “Oregonians are not immune to the deepening economic crisis facing our nation.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will provide much needed relief to American families and a much needed immediate boost to our economy.  Most importantly, it will provide tax relief to 95% of Oregonian households with every paycheck - the most direct ways to ensure that the Oregonians who need help the most get the benefit.  “Thousands of Oregonians have been added to the ranks of the uninsured, having lost their health insurance because of circumstances at work or because they simply could no longer afford the monthly premium.  This bill will make it possible for tens of thousands of Oregonians to keep their health insurance by providing Oregonians direct assistance after the loss of a job, to make insurance payments, protect their families, and better prepare for the future.“In addition to creating an estimated 44,000 jobs across Oregon, this bill will give direct aid to our states, along with the hundreds of millions of dollars for improving and maintaining transportation, roads and bridges, healthcare, and education.  This recovery act will help in ways that Oregonians and our state need it the most.
“While this bill won’t entirely solve the gaping budget hole in Salem, it certainly makes the task of our legislators a little easier and comes at it at a time in their planning process that will allow them to best prepare to navigate the road that lies ahead.

“The assistance to education provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through tax relief and increased Pell grants will make it easier for college students to pay for their education.  Money for state stabilization will help Oregon’s schools to retain staff and stay open.  Money for school modernization and billions of dollars in research will find its way to Oregon campuses.

“Our state is known for the progress that we have made developing a new energy future, this bill will provide direct help which will increase certainty and stability for Oregon’s emerging renewable energy companies -- thereby creating jobs, helping Oregonians to save money and helping to preserve our planet.

“I'm pleased that by working with President Obama and the leadership in Congress, we have been able to deliver a significant package of benefits that will pay dividends immediately for Oregonians.”  

Media Availability
Rep. Blumenauer will be available to media to speak about the impact of this bill for Oregon and our nation’s economy on Monday, February 16, 2009.  To set-up an interview with Rep. Blumenauer please call 202-834-6919 or e-mail Sahar.wali@mail.house.gov

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For Immediate Release                           
February 13, 2009   
Media Contact: Sahar Wali                 
202-225-8413 Office/202-834-6919 Cell                                     
Sahar.wali@mail.house.gov