Update From Congressman Wilson

Today’s subject is the economic bailout:

Dear Friends,

This week was historic and I was proud to represent you in Washington as President Obama was sworn in as our 44th President. I have great confidence that he will lead America through this difficult time; that he will listen to many ideas and endeavor to help our working families. I believe that America has been through worse times and come out better and that with President Obama’s leadership we can do it again.

Next week the House is likely to vote on the American Recovery and Reinvestment of 2009. Economists across the political spectrum agree that we must take bold action or our economy will get even worse.

This is the first step toward creating or saving more than three to four million jobs over the next two years. More than 90-percent of the jobs created would be in the private sector. Most of the rest would be vital public servants, like teachers, firefighters and police officers. At this point in the negotiations, Ohio could be allocated as much as $2.385 billion over two years and see as many as 3,600 jobs created or saved.

This plan will double renewable energy production, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, bring high speed internet to rural areas like ours, and build 21st century classrooms, labs and libraries. In addition the plan will put more money in your pockets as it includes direct tax relief for 95-percent of American workers.

I am working hard to make sure a fair share of the economic recovery package is slated for the 50 million Americans who live in rural communities. 100-percent of the district I represent is designated as Appalachia, and most of it is very rural. The hard working families of rural Ohio deserve equal consideration as the stimulus package is developed.

I am very pleased to see that there is $2.4 million included for carbon capture and sequestration in the House version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. I believe this technology is vital to advancing clean coal technologies and that such technologies will directly benefit our area.

I look forward to keeping you updated about this important economic recovery plan and welcome any comments you want to share about it.

Charlie Wilson
Member of Congress
Ohio’s Sixth District



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