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Feb 18, 2009 9:28 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bishop touts economic stimulus package

Feb 18, 2009 9:28 AM

The plan will also pay for 65 percent of the cost of COBRA, a federal program for workers who had health benefits, but were laid off. Usually, recently laid-off workers have to pay 100 percent of the cost to keep their health benefits.

The stimulus package’s three broad lines of attack, according to the congressman, are to put money into the hands of people who need it and are likely to spend it quickly, provide financial assistance to state and local governments so they can avoid layoffs, and fund projects that create new jobs.

Mr. Bishop refuted criticism that the stimulus is full of “pork,” or earmarks for certain congressional districts so legislators can “shower money on favored projects.” He said critics are fabricating the existence of pork in the bill, like claims that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi would get $30 million to protect mice in her California district.

“There’s no pork at all,” Mr. Bishop said.

The plan also increases the federal share of Medicaid spending and offsets state cuts to education.

The stimulus is not all spending, Mr. Bishop noted. He said it is only 65 percent spending, and the remaining 35 percent will come in the form of tax cuts. “It is the largest tax cut for low- and moderate-income people ever in our history.”

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Sally Pope just commented in another newspaper that SHARC should be in the stimulas package. What a dumb idea-we did without the pool for the last 20 years, we can certainly wait until the economy gets better. Lets use the money where it is really needed.
By Lefty46 (56), Westhampton on Feb 18, 09 4:59 PM
Senator,I am surprised at you. Instead of feeling sorry for all the electricians,plumbers,and construction workers from upisland who can no longer find work out here, what about all the people who live here who can not find work here? At this point we can't afford to live here and, we can't afford to leave either.
By local (106), north sea on Feb 18, 09 9:40 PM
Bishop is a yes man, nothing more
By typical (63), southampton on Feb 18, 09 10:58 PM
This will work just as good as the bank bailout. Bring on inflation!
By TheGoodLife (43), Westhampton Beach on Feb 19, 09 6:26 AM
OH hogwash... like the amount we might receive will stimulate anything but the pockets of the utility company's. It's nothing but a wee little gasp of air instead of a big breath to stay alive.....Its a slow death for some of us...Pay the taxes or buy food for the children. Bishop you met with me a couple of years ago, asked for copies of my paperwork I brought with me, I gave them to you, promising me you would do something about the Child Support System. Never heard from you again. You had all ...more
By birdyblue6 (3), sag harbor on Feb 19, 09 9:37 AM
"But how much money from the stimulus package will ultimately flow to the East End is still unclear, Mr. Bishop said"

Oh, but wait a minute...a few lines before TIm stated that the stimulus bill will actually put the construction guy back to work!? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

he takes us for fools.
By hamptons surfer (79), southampton on Feb 19, 09 11:19 AM
It is amazing how Congressman Bishop can say all this about a stimulus package that was put together behind closed doors by 10 Congressmen, presented to Congress who voted on with out ever reading it!!! Congressman Bishop must be telepathic too!!
By bayview (160), Southampton on Feb 19, 09 11:37 AM
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By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Feb 19, 09 12:12 PM
When there is nothing else to do, why not take a leap of faithand TRUST the people that our country and community have elected and re-elected into office!! No one cares about the Easy End more than Tim Bishop,
By wondering (63), Southampton on Feb 20, 09 6:23 AM
Tim Bishop care?? since when ?? lol .I have tears running down my face from laughing so hard..the only thing he cares about is keeping his job, he could care less, he laughs at us defending him all the way to the bank
By typical (63), southampton on Feb 21, 09 8:24 AM
Tim Bishop is right on in his support of the president's stimulus package. This money will help every day Americans and it is about time we had a congress and a president who cared about the disappearing middle class. To bayview, stop believing the republican propaganda. By the comments posted here we can assume that a number of people are still devastated by their parties huge losses. Let's not forget who destroyed this economy in the first place, shall we.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Feb 23, 09 5:34 PM
there's $10 billion in the package for libraries and $25 billion for building broadband internet. let's get some of that funding.
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Feb 24, 09 3:36 AM
there's a ton of funding in the stimulus package for education construction. let's put some of that into the new Southampton campus of SUNY Stony Brook. The upgrade in facilities would create a permanent positive effect for the area--a world class institution of higher education brings in positive educated people, both as students and staff.
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Feb 24, 09 3:44 AM
I can't understand some of the negative commentary about Tim Bishop. I guess a lot of Rush Limbaugh dittoheads read the Southampton Press, too. First, education, infrastructure, healthcare, stabilization and environmental money will make its way to the east end. Second, economists from the left and the right have supported this stimulus bill as absolutely necesary. Many economists tell us we're in a crisis not seen since the depression. The spending power from consumers and business has fallen ...more
By number19 (111), Westhampton on Feb 24, 09 6:54 AM
Let me see if I've got this straight. Some of the complaints I'm reading here are because Congressman Tim Bishop voted to try to reverse so much of the damage that was done to our economy is the past 8 Republican years.

So, instead of supporting the stimulus package these oppositionists would rather use the same old failed techniques like giving tax cuts to the wealthy. Now that makes real sense! Remember the definition of insanity that was attributed to Albert Einstein "Insanity: doing ...more
By foodie (74), Remsenburg on Feb 24, 09 10:35 AM
And while we're at it, where were all these suddenly "fiscally responsible" dittoheads when President Stupid was lowering taxes while waging TWO wars? Morons.
By Undertow (64), Southampton on Feb 24, 09 9:54 PM
Despite the baseless, knee-jerk opposition, Tim Bishop soldiers on for us, as voters know, though not all the commentators know it. "Local", even if all the workers here were from up island, which they aren't, you overlook the 75 lunches the article says they buy from the local deli. "Lefty46", Sally Pope is right to suggest that stimulus funds be used for SHARC; the whole idea of the stimulus is to make the economy improve by investing in beneficial projects. "Hamptons surfer", it's not inconsistent ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Feb 24, 09 10:41 PM