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Obama pledges stimulus plan will increase construction

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Barack Obama says the stimulus bill will create more construction jobs around the nation
Barack Obama says the stimulus bill will create more construction jobs around the nation

President Barack Obama visited a Virginia construction site today in his ongoing effort to gain support for the economic stimulus package that was approved by Congress.

Saying that the bill would increase spending to construction projects like the one he was standing on, Obama said creating jobs is at the forefront of the plan.

Meeting with Virginia governor Tim Kaine at the Fairfax County Parkway which Virginia officials have been trying to complete for more than 20 years, Obama said the stimulus package would bring more than $100 billion to construction sites and create more than 400, 000 construction jobs.

Obama said the stimulus plan will have ripple effects for other sources of industry.

"For example, this kind of infrastructure project requires heavy equipment," Obama said of the parkway project.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the stimulus plan would bring about $700 million to the state's highways with $745.5 million pledged in the House bill and $699.9 million in the Senate bill.

Although the bills have passed through both the House and the Senate, the two bodies must come to a compromise before it comes to the president's desk.ADNFCR-2034-ID-19021497-ADNFCR

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