House Democrats delivered the American Recovery and Reinvention Bill of 2009 to the American people in time for President-Elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony. The package provides significant money that will put people to work while restoring the Great Lakes.
In particular, they have proposed investing $6 billion in the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to fix the nation’s waste water treatment system. While we had hoped they would fund it at $10 billion for the nation, our region will still get $2.18 billion to fix our sewers and it will create 75,000 jobs.
“Investments in ready-to-go projects will create jobs, restore the Great Lakes and boost the economic prosperity in the region,” said Jeff Skelding, national campaign director for HOW. “Now is the time to act, before the problems get worse and the solutions more costly.”
The Senate still has to present their version of the bill and then the negotiations will begin in earnest.