Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sanchez proposes creating jobs by fixing forests

Congratulations to Rep. Linda Sanchez for her leadership in pushing job creation legislation to fix our national parks!! This is a great visionary idea that can help Americans get back to work.

Sanchez proposes creating jobs by fixing forests -

By Rebecca Kimitch, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/25/2009 06:03:01 AM PST

In an effort reminiscent of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood, is pushing legislation to provide billions of federal dollars for repair and construction projects in the country's national parks and forests.

Sanchez is requesting the government spend $4.75 billion fixing crumbling infrastructure on public lands, including the Angeles National Forest, a move she says would create some 50,000 jobs.

"We have people without work and work without people. The solution could not be clearer," Sanchez said when she introduced the legislation. "We can put people back to work now and restore our national treasures."

A smaller version of the proposal was included in the "jobs bill," a second stimulus package, passed earlier this month by the House.

But that legislation calls for only $270 million in spending in national parks, so Sanchez plans to push for more when Congress returns from Christmas recess and the Senate takes up stimulus legislation...

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