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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Economic Stimulus and Job Creation

Immediately after taking office earlier this year, President Obama worked with Congress to put together a bold response to the economic challenges and hardship that Americans have been facing.

The stimulus package, known formally as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, has already made a difference, helping to jumpstart our economy while also making important investments – in education, health care, clean energy, new technology, infrastructure and transportation – that will continue to pay off well into the future.

I remain concerned about the high level of unemployment in California and nationally and will continue my efforts to help put more Americans back to work.  Although we have a way to go, there are signs that the economy is indeed rebounding and job losses are slowing.  Economists credit the stimulus package for preventing a more severe crisis and even higher unemployment.

Funding in the stimulus package has prevented layoffs of many nurses, police officers, firefighters and teachers, enabling them to continue both to provide for their families and serve our communities.  In addition, the stimulus has created jobs for workers constructing and repairing vital infrastructure and transportation projects.

More on Economic Stimulus and Job Creation

May 7, 2013 Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) hosted an exporter forum for small businesses on Friday, May 3 in Hawthorne, Calif. More than 75 representatives from local companies attended the event, which focused on how American companies can gain a competitive edge when exporting their products overseas. The forum was held in collaboration with Fred P. Hochberg, chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im). Ex-Im Bank is an independent federal agency that helps create and maintain U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no cost to American taxpayers.

March 20, 2013 Floor Statement
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters spoke on the House floor in opposition to the 2014 Republican Budget. Her remarks are below:

Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman, and I thank Mr. Van Hollen for yielding me time.

Today I rise in strong opposition to the Republicans' budget, a budget that makes absurd claims to reducing the deficit by repealing crucial government authority to protect our economy. Lest we forget that Lehman Brothers' disorderly bankruptcy sparked the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

March 19, 2013 Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) hosted "Women in Business: A Small Business Expo" on Tuesday, March 26 at the Lawndale Community Center.  The event drew a standing-room-only crowd and provided information and resources to small business owners and interested entrepreneurs.

March 13, 2013 Press Release
Today on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) reintroduced the TIGER Grants for Job Creation Act.  This bill will provide an emergency supplemental appropriation of one billion dollars over the next two years for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, which creates jobs by funding investments in transportation infrastructure. The funding will be exempt from sequestration.  The bill is cosponsored by 60 of Congresswoman Waters' colleagues.
March 13, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today at a press conference on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) endorsed the Back to Work Budget, which was introduced by the Congressional Progressive Caucus and which creates jobs by increasing investments in infrastructure. Congresswoman Waters also simultaneously reintroduced her bill, the TIGER Grants for Job Creation Act, which provides one billion over two years in emergency appropriations for transportation infrastructure. The following are her remarks as prepared for delivery:


March 8, 2013 In The News

A senior House Democrat is seeking support for legislation that would pump more money into the Transportation Department's popular TIGER grant program.

Maxine Waters of California has sent a letter to colleagues, trying to find cosponsors for a bill that would restore cuts to the grant program for infrastructure projects with national or regional significance, which funds road, bridge, transit and airport projects of regional and national interest.

February 21, 2013 Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) issued the following statement today regarding the upcoming March 1 sequester deadline:

"The clock is ticking and the deadline is quickly approaching to avert across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester, which is scheduled to take effect on Friday, March 1. The $85 billion in automatic spending cuts will have a devastating impact on families throughout the country, and will slow economic growth and job creation.

February 12, 2013 Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters released the following statement regarding the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) plans to end Saturday mail delivery:

"The announcement by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to eliminate Saturday first-class mail delivery starting in August without support of Congress is an arbitrary decision. Our constituents will be disadvantaged by this loss, especially our businesses that depend on timely and reliable mail delivery in order to operate a successful business.

January 11, 2013 Committee Remark

The following remarks were made by Congresswoman Waters during a joint subcommittee hearing on the implementation of the JOBS Act. The hearing included members of the House Financial Services Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding a hearing this morning on the important issue of implementation of the JOBS Act.

January 4, 2013 In The News
Anti-tax hike crusader Grover Norquist is slamming Rep. Peter King, saying he hopes "his wife understands that commitments last a little longer than two years" after the New York lawmaker said the no-taxes pledge is binding for only one session of Congress.
"The pledge is not for life, but everybody who signed the pledge including Peter King, and tried to weasel out of it, shame on him," Norquist said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" on Monday, adding, "I hope his wife understands that commitments last a little longer than two years or something."