The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Essay

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On February 24, 2009, just over a month after becoming President of the United States of America, President Barack Obama stood and gave his first State of the Union address. In his speech, he presented to the public some of his goals as President to help pull America out of the economic recession. He presented specific ideas in areas such as budgeting and economic recovery, health care, and education. Now, nearly seven years later, we can look back and evaluate how his goals have been met. Budgeting and recovery is an obvious step towards pulling out of an economic recession. President Obama began pushing for legislation leading towards long-term recovery the day he took office. At the time of his speech, he announced: “As soon as I took office, I asked this Congress to send me a recovery plan…. [T]onight I am grateful that this Congress delivered and pleased to say that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act [H.R. 1] is now law.” (Obama, Barack) This act was a government stimulus package designed to jumpstart the American economy. In roughly a month since taking office, the President had already gotten legislature passed that started work towards his goal of economic recovery. In his report to the President one year later, Vice President Joe Biden reported to President Obama that roughly two million jobs had been created or saved as a result of Congress passing H.R. 1. (Biden, Joe)
In 2010, President Obama continued his efforts by presenting a rather dramatic and…

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