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AARP Urges Quick Action on a Smart Stimulus Package

- Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Increasing WAP funding could create new green jobs, provide weatherization assistance to low income households, and as a result, reduce monthly energy bills.

- Health Information Technology (Health IT) Helping doctors, hospitals and other health and long-term care providers purchase electronic medical record systems can provide the kind of immediate, valuable investment our economy needs. Health IT lays the groundwork for long-term economic growth.

 Stimulation of Health Care Staffing At a time when millions of Americans are unemployed, there are hundreds of thousands of good paying nursing jobs going unfilled largely because our nursing schools lack the faculty and capacity to educate enough students. Providing grants to accredited nursing schools enable them to admit more graduate and undergraduate nursing students, which could assist thousands of job seekers within the next few years.

- Transportation Infrastructure Congress and the White House should provide substantial funding for transportation capital improvements to rebuild our nation’s aging roads, bridges and transit systems and achieve national goals to reduce reliance on oil, expand mobility options and create new and sustainable “green” jobs.

AARP recently launched a web portal aimed at providing tools to help individuals manage through difficult times they can be found at www.aarp.org/realrelief.

For more information on statistics referenced, please visit http://www.aarp.org/research/economy/trends/economic_slowdown_09.html

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