Oberstar urges Minn. lawmakers to approve second stimulus plan

5:59 PM, Feb 18, 2010   |    comments
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Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-MN)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota's senior member of the United States Congress came to the state capitol Thursday asking for support to see the stimulus again for another year.

"We could see the loss of a million construction jobs by the end of August instead of creating a million if we extended the stimulus program," Democratic Congressman Jim Oberstar told state lawmakers.

Congressman Oberstar says the plan has made a world of difference in infrastructure around the nation and can be credited with creating 8,500 construction jobs on transportation projects in Minnesota.

But, the stimulus is nearly done.

Oberstar warns it must continue.

"If we don't, the doomsday scenario faces us," Oberstar warned.

He says Minnesota, and 29 other states will not be able to pay into the highway program, roads and bridges will not be repaired quickly enough.

But, not everyone thinks stimulus number one worked out well and are hesitant to authorize a second stimulus.

"The President, democrats', focused on climate change, then health care, when what we are screaming for is jobs," said Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report.

Democrats say more stimulus to create those jobs.

Republicans say no more stimulus for jobs that weren't created in the first place.


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