PROGRESSIVES, EMBOLDENED BY OBAMA ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN, READY TO TURN THE PAGE AND FIX THE ECONOMY

The progressive base is on the march in support of the long-term investments President-elect Obama outlined in his economic recovery plan today, according to a statement released by Campaign for America’s Future co-director Roger Hickey. In response to the deepening crisis and more job losses, the Campaign for America’s Future last month released the Main Street Economic Recovery Plan that was endorsed by more than a hundred economists and dozens of labor and public interest leaders who represent more than 20 million Americans. All of the key elements of the Campaign for America’s Future’s “substantial, strategic, and sustained” recovery plan are in the president-elect’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.

STATEMENT OF ROGER HICKEY

The economy is worsening and the time for talk is over. It’s up to us to make change happen now. The economy needs exactly what Obama calls for – swift and bold action. The benefits of moving a bill quickly are clear and the dangers of delay are growing. We need to stimulate renewed growth, create jobs, and get help to working families across the country.

Progressives are on board and moving fast to press Congress to pass the president-elect’s plan without delay. Obama’s smart plan for preventing a protracted recession in the short-term is aimed at investing in America to ensure prosperity in the long-term – by creating jobs, generating clean energy, modernizing infrastructure and expanding access to health care and high-quality education.

We at CAF help to lead a strong coalition of activist groups – called the Jobs and Economic Recovery Campaign – which is already working hard to ensure that the economic recovery plan remains big and bold, retains substantial public investment, creates jobs now and puts us back on the path to long-term prosperity.

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**To schedule an interview with Campaign for America’s Future co-director Roger Hickey, please contact Jennifer Ettinger at 202-587-1639 or jettinger@ourfuture.org.**