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Keith Ellison

0:55:40 to 1:35:20( Edit History Discussion )
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Keith Ellison

0:55:54 to 0:56:16( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: got to go get that. name is keith ellison, congressman he willson, and i'm here to claim the time -- ellison, and i'm here to claim the tie on behalf of the progressive message. we come to discuss critical issues and a perspective on these same issues. the progressive message is put

Keith Ellison

0:56:17 to 0:56:37( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: on and organized by progressive caucus members who happen to represent one of the largest caucuses in the congress and the purpose of this message is to focus on critical issues from a progressive perspective. that means a perspective that all americans are welcome and concluded -- included, that be--

Keith Ellison

0:56:38 to 0:56:58( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: we need civil rights, human rights, we need economic justice for working people and working families, we need to address poverty and we need to address peace in the world. the idea that blessed, could help bestow blessing upon other people in the world through example and not through imposition.

Keith Ellison

0:56:59 to 0:57:19( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: the idea that the united states, a country demonstrate through an example what human rights can respect for rule of law can do, what respect for human rights, women's rights can do, progressive caucus is an instrument through which progressive ideas are shared and

Keith Ellison

0:57:20 to 0:57:41( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: tonight what we want to talk about, mr. speaker, is jobs, absolutely that's the topic tonight. jobs is what we'll be talng about and i'd like to hear from anyone who might be listening later on what their perspective is on the jobs picture and what we can do about it.

Keith Ellison

0:57:42 to 0:58:06( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: 10.2%, mr. speaker, is what the unemployment rate is at this time. it could well climb higher by the end of the year. the fact is we have a jobs crisis, we have a jobs emergency and we must do something about it now. and it's important to point out that as much as people who are unemployed need jobs, and they

Keith Ellison

0:58:07 to 0:58:28( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: do, other people who are employed need the unemployed to get jobs. it's important to bear in mind that when people are working their income goes down, their purchases at the store go down, their ability to consume and buy things that they need goes down and if the store then they can't put on more workers, they may even have to lay some off, so this unemployment problem actually

Keith Ellison

0:58:29 to 0:58:50( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: puts downward pressure on demand which puts other businesses who do have employees on the payroll in a position where they have to reconsider that. not only is the lack of a paycheck detrimental to the family that is not employed but it also creates generational problems and it creates problem for the person who's unemployed

Keith Ellison

0:58:51 to 0:59:11( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: because when the economy turns around and they can get back in a position where they can maybe find that job, the employer's going to, hey, what was going on with you over the last three years or six months? and that hole in the resume has real consequences for that worker which may extend over he the course of that person's

Keith Ellison

0:59:12 to 0:59:34( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: lifetime. and obviously wn unemployment is chronic and people are out of work for a long stretch of the time their children sometimes are impacted by this and have to not only go with lower family income which is obviously harmful to their development but still are in a position where they've seen a parent go jobless

Keith Ellison

0:59:35 to 0:59:56( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: for quite a long time which disadvantages them in terms of their ability to know how to access the job market and their hope, prospect and optimism as it relates to getting work. so unemployment is a problem, we got to do something about it, and it is time to act.

Keith Ellison

0:59:57 to 1:00:17( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: time to act. though the democratic caucus and congress did not create this situation and it certainly wasn't created overnight it does need to be fixe 10 months of the new leadership of the white house cannot eclipse of george bush and republican congress who bankrupted the

Keith Ellison

1:00:18 to 1:00:38( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: public trust. after nearly a decade of handling -- of handing over middle class tax doll wealthiest 1% we've now got to take real action for working america. after nearly a decade of a policy that encouraged multimillion-dollar c.e.o. bonuses over raises for american

Keith Ellison

1:00:39 to 1:01:00( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: workers, we've got to do something about the job picture in america. the economic policies of the last 10 years put president obama and this congress in a situation where it may not have been a situation of our making but it is a problem that we have a responsibility to correct. and we're not going to say that,

Keith Ellison

1:01:01 to 1:01:22( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: yeah, we got handed two wars, yeah, we got handed hundreds of crumbling infrastructure, a home mortgage foreclosure cris, one out of eight mortgages is in default, a global climate crisis and a financial sector ravaged by greed and lax regulation, we're not going to rely on any excuse, we're going to get after the problem and we're going to

Keith Ellison

1:01:23 to 1:01:47( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: do it now. in short, the greatest economic and financial crisis since the great depression is visiting the american economy right now and people are feeling it and it's time to do so and this is why and i'm proposing and i'm encouraging other people to

Keith Ellison

1:01:50 to 1:02:10( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: support it would do a few things. american job transportation and schools, schools all over america are crumbling, schools are all over america have old pipes, schools all over america are drafty and need windows replaced and the paint peeling in many of them. not all of them but many of

Keith Ellison

1:02:11 to 1:02:31( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: them. and any school teacher or any principal or any school kid can we need people to do the work. to do the work and we have things that need to be worked on. what we have to do is bring the two together, invest in transportation including transit, urban transportation,

Keith Ellison

1:02:32 to 1:02:54( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: light rail and this is an urgent problem, it needs fixing and people need work, let's pay them to do it. state and local government relief. now all over this country states and cities and locates are having to cut back on services that they provide to their

Keith Ellison

1:02:55 to 1:03:16( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: citizens. governor arnold schwarzenegger circle and said, without the stimulus package 100,000 teachers in california would be out of work. so that was an example of a good thing. but it's not nearly enough. we need more to be done because in this era and in this time we see local governments having to

Keith Ellison

1:03:17 to 1:03:38( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: lay off police officers, firefighters, public works people, teachers, we can't allow governments and local governments around the country are facing serious deficits and the federal government should step in to he. we also need to strengthen

Keith Ellison

1:03:39 to 1:03:59( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: now during times of economic downturn there's greater pressure on our food shelves, greater pressure on our clothing shelves and we need to understand that when unemployment runs out a lot of families are just left without. what are we going to do about it?

Keith Ellison

1:04:00 to 1:04:21( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: benefits, food stamps and programs like that and i just want to let folks know that this is economically from an economic standpoint, the not just good work, it's not just charitable, it's not just the right thing to do, it alsos very, ver important to stimulate the economy because when you give somebody food stamps they take that and they go right to the

Keith Ellison

1:04:22 to 1:04:43( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: store and they purchase groceries for their family. what does that do for the grocery store that's receiving that coupon that can redeem that for money? it's helping that grocery store. what is that doing for that grocer who is thinking about whether he or she has to lay off a few workers because people just aren't coming in buying like they used to, because the

Keith Ellison

1:04:44 to 1:05:04( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: economy's down? well it helps them keep those people on the job and if we do well enough it might even actually help them add some people on the job. what happens if that store has to lay off a few folks and we don't come through with some of these basics? what happens is they have to lay off some folks, now you have more people on unemployment insurance, they can't find a job within the right amount of time,

Keith Ellison

1:05:05 to 1:05:25( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: then those people are just without. and they are putting pressure on the food pantries and the food shelves and they're just really suffering. so these things have a ripple affect. what i'm saying is if you can think of a coupon, a food stamp coupon, it's not a piece of pape that are can get you some food, think of it as a rock that you throw into a pond.

Keith Ellison

1:05:26 to 1:05:46( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: i'm saying that that food stamp coupon and that unemployment insurance has a ripple affect that is very strong and the multiply affect of that is good because it gets right into the economy. it gets right i to help people make the basic needs. it also helps fuel the retail sector and then all the way back

Keith Ellison

1:05:47 to 1:06:08( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: to the wholesale sector. so this is basically just a few things we can do right now to alleviate real pain people are suffering all over this country. we have to act, we got to do something about it and we cannot say that things that were done in the past, although a lot of decisions, were made over the

Keith Ellison

1:06:09 to 1:06:29( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: last eight year administration and this congress are trying to fix it, we can't rely on that, we've got to do something about it now, the american people deserve answers, especially the people who have been chronically unemployed. today the white house is hosting economic summit to discuss how to move the economy forward.

Keith Ellison

1:06:30 to 1:06:51( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: this is good news, it's the president taking responsibility for dealing with the needs of americans. i admire that tremendously. the fact is, we do need more public jobs. there's broad support and work moving to respond to the need of american jobs. i want to commend the campaign

Keith Ellison

1:06:52 to 1:07:14( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: for america's future, the afl-cio, fciu and other labor organizations and groups that but also many employers and many small businesses who are out there concerned about employment.

Keith Ellison

1:07:15 to 1:07:37( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: . >> i want to point out we face a period of extended unemployment if we don't act now. people think, ok, the economy goes up and the economy goes down. but the fact is that the economy is a social institution and unless people in society do something about it, the business

Keith Ellison

1:07:38 to 1:07:59( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: cycle won't necessarily go up and include more jobs. we've got to do that. that's something we need to work on. we need to help small businesses get greater lending and invest in infrastructure and make these kinds of investments so americans can get back to work and the economy moving ag many of

Keith Ellison

1:08:00 to 1:08:20( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: and watching the nightly business news may know that wall street seems to be moving in the the right direction. that's but the fact is the average ameran worker is under tremendous anxiety because they know they might be next. as one former republican

Keith Ellison

1:08:21 to 1:08:41( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: president once said, a recession is when your neighbor is out of work and the depression is when you're out of work. for 10.2% of americans, this is a depression and we need to work on that right away. let me point out a few other things. this has precedent in the united states.

Keith Ellison

1:08:42 to 1:09:02( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: this is not something new to our country. we have stepped forward in the past. in fact, i was in my beautiful state of minnesota after i enjoyed the great victory over the chicago bears, and i went for a walk and i saw that there was a picnic table that had

Keith Ellison

1:09:03 to 1:09:23( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: written on it, w.p.a., 1934. americans in the past have stepped forward and dealt with economic crises. in the 1930's and again in the 1970's, we responded to extraordinary hardship by adding jobs, jobs to the array of programs and services designed to help our people and to help the economy move out of

Keith Ellison

1:09:24 to 1:09:44( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: recession. the program that we envision today will provide work to the jobless and meet the needs in our communities by helping people meet their every day needs and boost demand, which would helspeed economic recovery. a new jobs progra by local elec

Keith Ellison

1:09:45 to 1:10:05( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: are closest to communities and best understand their needs. local communities best understand the needs of the local community. so it wouldn't be congress saying, this many jobs for head start, this many jobs for that. it would be congress sending funds to state and local governments that tn those local governments could use to

Keith Ellison

1:10:06 to 1:10:26( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: determine what is needed. and there are a lot of things that are needed. some of the projects that are needed are paint and repair of schools, peeling paint, community centers and libraries. you'd be surprised what you might find if you went to a local library. you might find some local libraries are not in good repair.

Keith Ellison

1:10:27 to 1:10:48( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: that's because they were built years and years ago and are in need of upgrade. we need to clean up abandoned and vacant properties to get rid of the bright. as everyone knows, we went through a major foreclosure cris and it's not over. what's the reality? you have abandoned houses which

Keith Ellison

1:10:49 to 1:11:09( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: people could live in if these places were maintained and upgraded. but some of them have seen the copper stripped out, the grass grow long, windows knocked out. unemployed people could be hired to help maintain these properties through a jobs program. this is important all over the country.

Keith Ellison

1:11:10 to 1:11:30( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: even if you want to make sure that these and boarded until someone can buy them, these are things that remember, whenever there is a foreclosure on a property, two bad things happen. one is, somebody's out of their ho the other thing is -- and those people aren't paying property taxes like they used to in the

Keith Ellison

1:11:31 to 1:11:52( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: past. not only is the city not getting property income anymore, but the city has to pay out in order to maintain that property. so they just don't lose money, ey now have an expense that they have to deal with when you have a foreclosure. that's why we need people to maintain these properties and this is something local

Keith Ellison

1:11:53 to 1:12:13( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: communities might have to do with this money. we need to programs and reduce hunger and promote family stability. did you know, mr. speaker, that one in five children in america are in poverty? in america, one in five children

Keith Ellison

1:12:14 to 1:12:35( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: in poverty? children of all colors, children of all cultures, children of all faiths. this is something our country has to respond to. and for so many of these children in poverty today in this massive recession we're in, these are children who may not have parents who are in a union, which would probably guarantee

Keith Ellison

1:12:36 to 1:12:56( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: them a higher wage and that's why i support unions or public employees like teachers and police officers. many of these fos are just t hard-working folks out there who keep the playground safe and clean, who keep the city in good repair, folks who work at the head start and

Keith Ellison

1:12:57 to 1:13:17( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: child care and people who do these tough jobs every single day. and some of these folks they may not have a big degree or certificate but they need to earn good money and have a good job and maybe that job is the one thing that could keep and lift that family out of poverty so one of those children who are

Keith Ellison

1:13:18 to 1:13:38( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: among the one in five of poverty won't have to be in poverty for too long. we could augustment staffing at head start, early childhood programs, senior centers. we parks and other public spaces as i just

Keith Ellison

1:13:39 to 1:13:59( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: program we envision place special emphasis on delivering job opportunities and needed services to low-income communities and communities of color suffering depression, level of unemployment and distress. everybody in this economy -- well, not everydy in this economy, the rest of us are

Keith Ellison

1:14:00 to 1:14:20( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: fighting out here and it's not easy. small business owners, a lot of folks are getting hurt. as nearly everybody is feeling the pain in this economy, it's important for us to remember that there are some folks who are feeling it even more painful i want to point out that

Keith Ellison

1:14:21 to 1:14:43( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: unemployment among afr americans in august was not the 15.2% that i 15.7%. that's serious. that's serious. very serious problem. unemploynt for people who are of the hispanic background is 13.1%. if you're talking about young

Keith Ellison

1:14:44 to 1:15:06( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: people, african american an latino young people who are we are talking about so we have to do something in these chronically marginalized communities where people are left out there and often a second thought.

Keith Ellison

1:15:07 to 1:15:27( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: we ne to reform this and got to deal with this. and we need a program to build up infrastructure. let's get the union guys back out there on the field making our roads and making our infrastructure, building those things up and absolutely let's get the public employees back in and let's not let the teachers

Keith Ellison

1:15:28 to 1:15:48( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: and cops get laid off but let's not forget that young teenager of color who is out there without any prospect. we don't want them turning in in the right direction. while i mention statistics for african american and hispanic young people, don't think for a minute that young white people

Keith Ellison

1:15:49 to 1:16:09( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: in rural communities and urban communities are not having elevated unemployment rates as well. the youth a at higher rates than other people, regardless of background and we have to step up and do something about it and we can do something about it. we still have over $200 billion of tarp money and stiulus

Keith Ellison

1:16:10 to 1:16:31( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: dollars and these need, i think, employment programs similar to what we have done in the 1 and 1970's when americans were out of work. i want to say that yes it's true that 20% of al yng people in america are living in poverty,

Keith Ellison

1:16:32 to 1:16:52( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: but one in three african american young people are living in poverty. serious issue. their parents need work and we have to do something about it. if we act quickly, a jobs program like this could put hundreds of thousands of people of various skill levels to work during the next year, 2010 and

Keith Ellison

1:16:53 to 1:17:17( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: ill continue to provide job opportunities for several years as our economy recovers. people payingaxes, which could help lo who are paying child support or just p of their family. this is all very important. the time to act is now. and i propose and i think w should all support a program

Keith Ellison

1:17:18 to 1:17:40( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: that could create -- we can create one million american jobs in very short order if we put about $40 billion into it. the time to act is now and make that investment. we need to make this investment if we want to lower the deficit. we need to make this investment if we want to increase demand. we need to make this investment

Keith Ellison

1:17:41 to 1:18:03( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: if we want to keep people from let me turn now to th a critical infrastru development. now, i have been talking about lower waged workers so far. i want to talk about infrastructure development.

Keith Ellison

1:18:04 to 1:18:24( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: do you know that if you look across america, you look across the roads and bridges, look across transit and look across some of these aging sewer lines and even fiber optic and ifou look at the needs of rural communities across america who broadband, we are looking at

Keith Ellison

1:18:25 to 1:18:45( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: over $3 trillion infrastructure needs in our country. and the beautiful thing about spending this kind of money to invest in american infrastructure is that it stays here. these are not jobs that are going abroad, but these are going to be american jobs, because you can't lay fiber optic cable in america in some other country. it's got to be here.

Keith Ellison

1:18:46 to 1:19:09( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: that person is going to be paid here. that person is going to be employed here. and that money is going to go into the united states and funneled back to america. infrastructure investment is critical to in lifting our economy out of this very difficult economic situation. and we have to do it anyway. you know, i'm very excited about

Keith Ellison

1:19:10 to 1:19:32( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: this idea of investing in broadband inural communities. you know, it was in the 1930's when visionary political le like franklin delano roosevelt said, there is no reason why rural ame dark. rural like that, an idea

Keith Ellison

1:19:33 to 1:19:53( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: conceived when the united states now, some people who think that bold action can only be taken when things are good economically, they have to contend with the fact th bold action was taken when we had a depression in the 1930's.

Keith Ellison

1:19:54 to 1:20:14( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: bold action like rural electric try fix. it brightened up rural communities all over the united states. we had put up the telephone lines all across this country so that you can turn on and flick on a light in rural america. what it did is absolutely improve the econo

Keith Ellison

1:20:15 to 1:20:35( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: of rural america. people no longer had to move into the crowded city when they could do their business in the rural areas. this is important to bear in mind. it is critical to bear in mind that critical jobs and infrastructure have been built in america even during times of economic downturn.

Keith Ellison

1:20:36 to 1:21:00( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: very important. community infrastructure programs creating over one million jobs at the community and neighborhood level is what we need now. we need these kind of programs so we can create immediate opportunity, so we can create infrastructur i'm from the city of minneapolis. and in migrate ty of

Keith Ellison

1:21:03 to 1:21:24( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: minneapolis, we had on august 4, 2007, a bridge collapse into the mississippi river. 13 people died and 100 have injuries like spinal column injuries as they fell 65 feet from the bridge to the water. now, at the end of the day, this

Keith Ellison

1:21:25 to 1:21:45( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: cris and this tragedy occurred infrastructure well enough. i'm not saying it's anybody's fault. i'm sure everybody did the best they could, but the fact is if we would have had a stronger infrastructure commitment that would make bridges ar country a priority to repair and to fix and to rebuild, this

Keith Ellison

1:21:46 to 1:22:06( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: tragedy may not have happened, but it did happen. and so we put out a clarion call for infrastructure development in our country and i say we need to do this anyway and develop infrastructure so we can avoid horrible tragedies like the one that happened in my city.

Keith Ellison

1:22:07 to 1:22:27( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: but as importantly, we need to do it now to put americans back to work. during t months, if we could pass a gr solid community infrastructure program, the program could develop a fast track for jobs, projects could be limited to certain activities such as key

Keith Ellison

1:22:28 to 1:22:49( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: priorities and within a short amount of time, we could see these infrastructure developments paying great dividends for americans. i want to just talk to you a little bit about some of the things we've been seeing in our economy that really, really do

Keith Ellison

1:22:50 to 1:23:12( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: cause tremendous amount of pause. i think it's something we really need to pay some close attention to. and these are trends in our economy that i just feel we need to p some greater attention to and this is not in the way of just describing what we should do. it's really kind of talking about what we have done.

Keith Ellison

1:23:13 to 1:23:33( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: because in the course of the last few weeks, we've seen people be highly critical of the stimulus package. i think we need to look back at what the stimulus package did. some people,because it has not stopped the increase in unemployment, say it didn't work. i say this is an incorrect analysis.

Keith Ellison

1:23:34 to 1:23:55( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: i believe the recovery act has actually helped a lot of people stay employed a stopped this economic crisis from getting worse and slowed the rate of unemployment. but we need to do more. let's just say what the recovery act did do. it created over a million jobs.

Keith Ellison

1:23:56 to 1:24:18( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: that's what it did do. it created over 250,000 education jobs. as i said, it was governor arnold schwarzenegger who said that but for the stimulus, over 100,000 teachers would be out of work. 30,000 jobs are created or

Keith Ellison

1:24:19 to 1:24:39( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: saved by binesses that have received federal contracts from just a small fraction of the recovery act. very important. let me say this, half a million jobs, you know, half million homeowners have been -- have

Keith Ellison

1:24:40 to 1:25:00( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: signed up for foreclosure prevention programs, reaching an important early goal. and the program that was launched last march, aimed to help this half a million borrowers by november 1 and with the ultimate goal of helping over four million borrowers before it expires. you know, 10,000 -- here's a

Keith Ellison

1:25:01 to 1:25:21( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: number for you. 10,000 -- 10,015.86, the dow jones industrial average increased, surge tovered 10,000, passing the 10,000 point mark level much faster than expecd and racking up 53% gain in the last seven

Keith Ellison

1:25:22 to 1:25:43( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: months. that's improvement of the economy that has helped some but has not helped enough. it just shows, though, that if we do invest in our economy, it does help. it does improve the lives of people. it's not money that we shouldn't -- things would be much worse if we didn't spend that stimulus money and make

Keith Ellison

1:25:44 to 1:26:05( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: those important public sector investments. the number of road and bridge projects already improved under the recovery act, which creates jobs is a thousand. the number of roads and bridges, 8,000 roads and bridges projects already under way because of the recovery or stimulus.

Keith Ellison

1:26:06 to 1:26:26( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: and now the percentage of spending that's now obligated under the recovery act, that means money under the -- in the pipelines, ready to bspent, is about half. this 50% mark exceeds the initial projection for the program, showing that investment is going out quickly to help boost the economy right away.

Keith Ellison

1:26:27 to 1:26:50( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: but still, we have a job crisis and still we have to do something about this jobs cris. let me t more about how the recovery act has been so far. there's been a lot of disinformation about the recovery act. they said, the president said it's going to stop unemployment

Keith Ellison

1:26:51 to 1:27:12( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: at 8%, it went up by two more percent. media people say it would be 12% if the recovery act for not put in place. let me talk a little bit more about what this economic stimulus has done so far and make a case for what more needs to be done. a recent report from the

Keith Ellison

1:27:13 to 1:27:34( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: council of economic advisors shows the recovery act and other policy actions have saved or created over a million jobs, while only about a quarter of the recovery act spending has been able to get into the economy. many projects are in the pipeline and are on their way. the report, this report by the council of economic advise

Keith Ellison

1:27:35 to 1:27:55( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: jurors, estimates the recovery act has had particularly strong effects in manufacturing, construction, retail trade and temporary employment services. the employment effects are distributed across states with larger effects in states more severely impacted. states like michigan, ohio, many state, even my own state

Keith Ellison

1:27:56 to 1:28:17( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: of minnesota, others as well, are being -- are getting this impor money so we can turn our economy around. according to jared bernstein, chief economist in the office of the vice president, quote, all signs of the private estimates to this fragmentary data point to the conclusion

Keith Ellison

1:28:18 to 1:28:39( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: that the recovery act did indeed create or save about a million jobs in its first seven months, a much-need lift to a very difficult period in our economy which is something i think we must pay attention to and cannot ignore. i just want to talk a little bit more about the success of the recovery act, not tha completely succeed.

Keith Ellison

1:28:40 to 1:29:00( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: we'd like to see unemployment headed down, not just this rate of unemployment slowdown, but to make sure that we understand that providing economic fiscal stimulus does help our economy. it's important to review the facts. the recovery accountability and

Keith Ellison

1:29:01 to 1:29:23( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: transparency board, as yo know, we didn't just send money out we got a transparency board to look at it all, released its first report on the recovery act spending th recipients so far, it shows the act is helping to get americans back to work. as i said, mark zandy, of moody's economics, said less

Keith Ellison

1:29:24 to 1:29:45( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: than 2% of -- we'd have 2% greater unemployment, but for the economic recovery act which is so important. according to a report issued by the recovery, accountability, and transparency board, the act shows that businesses that received federal contracts from stimulus spend regular ported

Keith Ellison

1:29:46 to 1:30:06( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: created or -- creating or saving 30,000 jobs. the board will release more extensive report, has released a more extensive report last month, which i'll get to in a moment. now, i'd like to talk a bit now, just move on, about this unemployment -- i have this graph with me i'd like to

Keith Ellison

1:30:07 to 1:30:29( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: share with you, mr. speaker. just show folks kind of what we're looking at. it's important that we talk about creating these jobs, as i just mentioned, the economic recovery project, jobs we're creating or working on. it said -- and what this chart

Keith Ellison

1:30:30 to 1:30:50( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: shows is that part of our strategy for job creation must be infrastructure as i mentioned and must be creating public sector, public works jobs, which is important, but a third aspect is clean energy and green jobs. this is visionary, forward-looking kind of job

Keith Ellison

1:30:51 to 1:31:11( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: proposal we need to pay attention to. investing $150 billion in clean energy will create a net gain of 1.7 million jobs and improve opportunities for low income families. these are jobs for the future. these are jobs for the next period. these are jobs for now and into

Keith Ellison

1:31:12 to 1:31:33( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: the future. clean energy jobs. clean energy jobs created. 2,500 to 10,000 jobs across america. places in rural areas. 10,000 to 50,000 jobs in these more darkly shaded areas, where people live. sparser population, but people need to work.

Keith Ellison

1:31:34 to 1:31:55( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: and m the darkly shaded areas. as you can see, these are our industrial-manufacturing sectors, places like indiana, michigan, places like illinois, places like ohio, pennsylvania, new york, georgia, south texas, and california.

Keith Ellison

1:31:56 to 1:32:17( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: very important chart. a part of our conversation must revolve around what we're going -- what our job strategy is. and what we expect to do this period to create jobs americans. the thing is, is that jobs --

Keith Ellison

1:32:18 to 1:32:38( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: having a job is one of the most important things any person can do. a job is not just income, but a job also gives you pride and dignity. a job also is something that allows you to feel that you are maki society. a job -- a job is something

Keith Ellison

1:32:39 to 1:33:00( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: that you can go to and you can come home and look your the eye and say, you know what, i put in, i'm pructive. this is what i've done to help you and to help our society be better. it's import about the millions of unemployed today, people who are in the ranks of the 10.2%

Keith Ellison

1:33:01 to 1:33:21( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: of unemployed. the people who are among the ranks of the 34% of minority teenagers and young adults who are unemployed. those children, one in five children in america in poverty, one of three african-american children in poverty today in america, below the poverty line.

Keith Ellison

1:33:22 to 1:33:42( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: we can do something about it and the time to do something about it is now. we cannot sit idly by while our fellow americans are in an economic malaise. we've got to have ideas that are bold and visionary. we've got to have ideas that are designed to work. and we've got to rember what has worked in the past and we can't be afraid to r

Keith Ellison

1:33:43 to 1:34:03( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: what can work now. the fact is, is that we're asking americans, . speaker, to step forward and support a real jobs package, one that will work, one that's new and innovative for green jobs, one that preserves or improves infrastructure and one that

Keith Ellison

1:34:04 to 1:34:27( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: puts people to work and keeps states and local governments from having to lay off public employees. these programs will work. we need to do something for small businesses, who are often the biggest job generators o all. we need to do it now. so with that, mr. speaker, i just want to say that this has

Keith Ellison

1:34:30 to 1:34:52( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: been progressive message -- hour of the progressive caucus. our email is cpc.grijalva .house.gov. we want to hear from the public, mr. speaker. we want to know what's the

Keith Ellison

1:34:53 to 1:35:13( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: public's mind and we want to know how people are feeling. we want to remind people of the importance of the dignity of work and the obligation and responsibility of americans who are in congress to do something about this dismal job picture out there. i want to let the people kn, mr. speaker, that we hear them. i want them to know we haven't

Keith Ellison

1:35:14 to 1:35:20( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: forgotten them. and i want to let them know we're here to do something about the very diffict circumstances the people are

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