Thursday, March 3, 2011

Jobs for All Now! Get Your Member of Congress to Sign On to HR 870 Full Employment Bill

Help Put America

Back to Work:

Cosponsor H.R. 870


A Message From:

The Hon. John Conyers, Jr.

Bill: H.R. 870
Date: 3/3/2011

Let’s Put America Back To Work:
Become a Cosponsor of H.R. 870
'The Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century
Full Employment & Training Act'


Dear Colleague,

In order to expand job opportunities for Americans who have been unable to find work during this period of unacceptably high unemployment, I recently reintroduced H.R. 870, the “Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act.”  This bill would establish a comprehensive and innovative federal and local government job creation and training program that would create millions of new jobs for the nation’s unemployed.  

Under H.R. 870, the Department of Labor would work collaboratively with local and state governments, non-profits, and the private-sector to fund community based “fast track” jobs. This work could include renovating housing and schools, weatherizing homes, fixing our aging infrastructure, expanding access to broadband and wireless internet, neighborhood beautification projects, or other community initiatives in the health and education sectors. This direct job creation effort would be coupled with a significant increase in funding for job training programs authorized by the Workforce Investment Act. Funds will automatically continue to be disbursed from the Act’s Full Employment and Training Trust Fund until a level of “full employment” is reached in the economy.

Additionally, because we are living in a period when concerns about government debt loom large in many minds, my legislation will be fully funded by a tax on Wall Street speculation and will not add a dime to the federal debt.  Wall Street was responsible for the financial crisis that began in 2008 and continues to affect us today.  Having already received significant assistance from the federal government, it is only fair that Wall Street now pay Main Street back by helping put America back to work.   

If you would like to cosponsor H.R. 870, please contact Michael Darner ( at (202) 225-5126.

John Conyers, Jr.
Member of Congress

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