For Immediate Release: January 16, 2009

Recovery Package Shores Up Critical Safety Net Programs

(Washington, D.C.) Following is a statement from Alan Houseman, executive director of the Center for Law and Social Policy, regarding the House economic recovery package recommendations proposed by committee chairs David Obey (Appropriations) and Charlie Rangel (Ways and Means). The $825 billion proposal provides needed relief to American families and makes critical investments in child care and Head Start, youth employment programs, and training and education for low-income workers.

"This economic recovery proposal demonstrates that our nation's lawmakers get it. Long-term economic recovery requires common sense measures that will shore up the economy and ensure all Americans share in the benefit of recovery.  

"It's no secret that low- and moderate income families have been hardest hit by our failing economy.  Millions are out of work, and many more are struggling to make ends meet.  The House package would provide them with tax relief and help them to meet basic needs including food, housing, child care, health care and heat.

"This package is estimated to create or preserve more than 3 million jobs.   It is critical that low-income workers and disconnected youth have the opportunity to share in the economic growth this bill will create.  The funding for education, training, and youth employment programs in this bill is an important step in that direction.

"As more workers lose their jobs or see their income fall, more and more parents need help paying for child care so that they can maintain employment. The proposal provides substantial new money for low-income families to find and afford the quality child care and Head Start programs that parents need to go to work knowing their children are well cared for and safe.

"As lawmakers debate the final provisions of the legislation, we encourage them to continue to keep the needs of America's most vulnerable in mind."

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