Requesting House Approve Economic Recovery Package on the House Floor

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... manufacturing to secure jobs. big government, small business? choose small business. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. obey: i yield one minute to the distinguished majority leader, mr. hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. hoyer: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for yielding. we are coming close to the end of this debate. america and americans are in trouble. they're hurting. millions of our constituents are in great pain. they've lost their homes. they've lost their jobs. their salaries are not keeping up with the costs that confront them. and so we come here, 435 of us, five representing the territories and the district of columbia. we come here to act, to act on their behalf, to try to make a difference, to try to ease the pain that this economy has visited upon them. those of us who have been here for many years have heard this debate very often. and i tell my friends, i'm sure had i been here in 1929 and 1930, i would have heard much the same representation. and we were told, frankly in the last of the 1980's, stick with us on this economic program, and it didn't work. and we were told in 2001 and 2003, stick with us on this economic program, and it didn't work. and like the failed program of the 19 20's that brought our economy so low, the failed policies of the early part of this century have broughthis economy to the lowest point it's been since the policies of the late 19 20's. and so we hear the debate. we hear the debate about investing in our people. we hear the debate about trying to build up our economy, create jobs and when you hear one argument, do it our way. do it our way. and you'll create those jobs. well, my friends, we did it your way in 2001 and 2002 and 2003 and 2004 and 2005, 2006 and 2007 and in 2008, and we had the worst job performance of any administration since the late 19 20's and early 1930's. i would hope that every member on this floor of whatever party, of whatever ideological persuasion would pray that this bill works, not for political purposes, because if this bill works, we will create those 3.5 million jobs. i'm am i absolutely sure that it will? i am not. i regret that i am not. but the best advice and counse i have received over the last five months that we have been working on this bill, september, october, november, december, january, as we hemorrhaged jobs in this greatest economy on the face of the earth, as a million people lost their jobs over the last 60 days, as 65,000 americans lost their jobs in one day two weeks ago and so america expects us to act and none of us can guarantee that we have all the answers. but economists after economists after economists, including one of john mccain's economic advisers says we have to act, we have to act with speed and we have to act substantively and we have to act with large investment on the tax side in cutting taxes. ...