Putting People to Work: HR 4290 — NOW, not Someday

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Putting People back to work, takes more than rhetoric — it takes Action.

It takes Dollars. It takes investing in Main Street — for real.

It takes turning those Unemployment Checks into Paychecks!

It take compassion and guts. Putting People back to work takes HR 4290.

Rep. Phil Hare (D-Ill.) writes in a 12/03/09 op-ed:

“Second, I intend to introduce the New Deal for a New Economy Act (H.R. 4290), legislation that creates a hybrid of Roosevelt’s WPA and an expanded version of the Conservation Corps of the 1970s. This bill will authorize a multiyear grant program administered by the Department of Labor to provide funding for the creation of resource management positions on federal and state lands, public works projects on the state and local level, and public interest work with community-based nonprofit organizations. This legislation would provide a lifeline to the many Americans who find themselves out of work and out of hope… “


This is an idea that has legs. Putting People to Work, just might help some folks win a few elections. Some Reps know a winning idea when they see one.

H.R. 4290 – New Deal for a New Economy Act


Phil Hare D-IL

56 Co-Sponsors

Rep. Robert Andrews [D, NJ-1]

Rep. Shelley Berkley [D, NV-1]

Rep. Bruce Braley [D, IA-1]

Rep. Michael Capuano [D, MA-8]

Rep. André Carson [D, IN-7]

Rep. Judy Chu [D, CA-32]

Rep. Yvette Clarke [D, NY-11]

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D, MO-5]

Rep. Steve Cohen [D, TN-9]

Rep. Joe Courtney [D, CT-2]

Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D, CT-3]

Rep. Michael Doyle [D, PA-14]

Rep. Donna Edwards [D, MD-4]

Rep. Keith Ellison [D, MN-5]

Rep. Marcia Fudge [D, OH-11]

Rep. John Garamendi [D, CA-10]

Rep. Alan Grayson [D, FL-8]

Rep. Raymond Green [D, TX-29]

Rep. Raul Grijalva [D, AZ-7]

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D, IL-4]

Rep. John Hall [D, NY-19]

Rep. Alcee Hastings [D, FL-23]

Rep. Mazie Hirono [D, HI-2]

Rep. Jesse Jackson [D, IL-2]

Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee [D, TX-18]

Rep. Steve Kagen [D, WI-8]

Rep. Patrick Kennedy [D, RI-1]

Rep. Dale Kildee [D, MI-5]

Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick [D, MI-13]

Rep. John Larson [D, CT-1]

Rep. David Loebsack [D, IA-2]

Rep. Ben Luján [D, NM-3]

Rep. James McGovern [D, MA-3]

Rep. Gregory Meeks [D, NY-6]

Rep. Michael Michaud [D, ME-2]

Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D, NY-8]

Rep. Richard Neal [D, MA-2]

Rep. James Oberstar [D, MN-8]

Rep. David Price [D, NC-4]

Rep. Charles Rangel [D, NY-15]

Rep. Steven Rothman [D, NJ-9]

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D, CA-34]

Rep. Bobby Rush [D, IL-1]

Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D, MP-0]

Rep. Linda Sánchez [D, CA-39]

Rep. Janice Schakowsky [D, IL-9]

Rep. Robert Scott [D, VA-3]

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter [D, NH-1]

Rep. Louise Slaughter [D, NY-28]

Rep. Bart Stupak [D, MI-1]

Rep. Betty Sutton [D, OH-13]

Rep. Paul Tonko [D, NY-21]

Rep. Niki Tsongas [D, MA-5]

Rep. Diane Watson [D, CA-33]

Rep. Anthony Weiner [D, NY-9]

Rep. Lynn Woolsey [D, CA-6]


OK so what would this Bill really do? And where would it get the funds to do it?

How about tapping some of those Billions targeted for Wall Street and redirecting a few those Billons towards Main Street?

Putting America Back to Work: Congressman Phil Hare Fights to Create Jobs

December 15, 2009

By Congressman Phil Hare (IL-17), a member of the Congressional Task Force on Job Creation


[Phil Hare] introduced H.R. 4290, New Deal for a New Economy Act. Conservative estimates find that this bill would create at least three million jobs. My bill would authorize a three year funding level of $60 billion per year, and funding would be fully offset through returned/unused portions of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). H.R. 4290 would directly create jobs in the following ways:

— A grant program overseen by the Department of Labor to immediately put people to work on public works and community-based projects.

— Direct grants to states and localities, money which can only be used to hire or retain teachers, police officers, firefighters, or other public service employees.

— Direct funding of deferred maintenance and conservation projects in our National Parks and Forests, overseen by the Departments of Interior and Agriculture.


I believe that the New Deal for a New Economy Act should be a central part of this effort. This bill will give people a job instead of another unemployment check and will rebuild our communities at the same time.


Isn’t it about time Main Street got a helping hand, instead more platitudes and well wishes?  

Unemployment Benefit Extensions only go so far, afterall.

Real Work leads to real dignity … and real Opportunities in the long run.

If you haven’t heard of Rep Phil Hare before, check it out, the guy is speaking to the Heartland. The guy is speaking the truth.


Phil Hare has guts.

Putting People back to work, takes more than rhetoric — it takes Action.

It takes Dollars. It takes investing in Main Street.

Not Talk, but actual Jobs, NOW!

Putting People back to work, takes passing HR 4290.


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    • jamess on January 27, 2010 at 02:02

    it’s time for a New, New Deal

    • Eddie C on January 28, 2010 at 18:16

    Odd because it seems just like the sort of thing that Eliot Engel jumps on early.

    I’ll put together a hopeful letter and mention this to my neighbors.

    I live in a building with 1500 families and I think that hand written notes in my laundry room does more than any of my other efforts.

    I used to use printed notes but I’m death to printers.  

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