Rep. Johnson backs jobs-boosting bill
Congressman pushes ‘Put America Back to Work’ legislation:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Focused on creating jobs and revitalizing distressed communities, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) today cosponsored the Put America to Work Act of 2009.
The Put America Back to Work Act would create jobs immediately by hiring Americans to repair schools, community centers and libraries; restore abandoned or vacant properties, parks and playgrounds; and staff Head Start, child care and other early childhood education programs.
“We’ve already invested more than $200 million in our District’s recovery, but much work remains,” said Rep. Johnson. “I will keep working with President Obama to create jobs for my constituents.”
The legislation (H.R. 4268) appropriates $40 billion to create jobs in the public/non-profit sector and small businesses that provide public services.
Under the bill, the Department of Labor would be required to report to Congress every six months on the use of the grants and federal funds for job creation.
“The economy remains my focus,” said Rep. Johnson. “Full recovery will take years, and there are still tough times ahead. But we’re on the right track, and this job creation bill is another positive step.”