Wednesday, February 04, 2009

We supported their war, tell them to support us

Conservatives are busy calling Congress trying to block Obama's stimulus plan. The word on the street is that calls are running 100 to 1 against the plan. We know Michigan Senators Levin and Stabenow support creating jobs for Americans and setting our country on the road to economic recovery, but they still need to hear from you. As someone commented on another blog yesterday, "Repubs are calling into our "safe" states also, we need to make our voices heard."

Please call 1-866-544-7573 (toll-free) and ask as many senators as you can reach to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Be prepared to try several times. The lines are busy.

If you don't have to worry about using a toll-free number, you might have better success getting through with these:

Sen. Carl Levin at (202) 224-6221
Sen. Debbie Stabenow at (202) 224-4822
Via the Senate Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 (for people in other states)

What's at stake? Under the Senate version of the stimulus plan, this is what Michigan stands to gain:
Total - $19,975,801,863
School Modernization - $642,876,538
Higher Educ. Repair and Modernization - $125,670,301
Home Investments Partnership Program - $64,794,416
Highway Infrastructure Investment - $790,185,174
Mass Transit - $170,947,191
Public Housing Capital Funds - $53,135,372
Neighborhood Stabilization Program - $151,279,933
Homeless Prevention Fund - $55,062,292
Clean Water State Revolving Fund - $171,560,760
Drinking Water Revolving Fund - $69,200,000
State Fiscal Stabilization - $2,145,703,599
Title I Grants - $522,337,187
IDEA, Part B State Grants - $461,265,518
Pell Grants - $472,621,650
Training and Employment Services - $200,786,089
Weatherization Assistance Program - $148,292,700
State Energy Program - $13,775,009
And don't forget the thousands of jobs this spending will create in Michigan (and across the country).

We supported Republican's spending on their unnecessary and ill-begotten war in Iraq. Tell them to support economic recovery and jobs for Americans.

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