Rep. Larry Kissell was one of 11 members of Congress who had their amendments to the stimulus bill introduced on the House floor and offered for debate and a vote. In 2007 Kissell's predecessor had introduced a similar bill. He was not able to get it out of committee. In ten years holding the seat, former Rep. Robin Hayes was able to get five bills passed with most introduced to rename post offices in the congressman's district.
Kissell's amendment, if it remains part of the package after the bill makes it through the Senate, will expand the Berry Amendment to require that uniforms purchased by the Department of Homeland Security also be made with fabric and findings manufactured in the United States. The amendment is intended to keep people working and put some textile workers back to work.
For your viewing pleasure....and don't miss the look that Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-GA gives Larry after he challenges Rep. Kissell. We must note that Rep. Westmoreland is a member of the Prayer Caucus, a group that has Robin Hayes on the board of advisors.
North Carolina schools will also receive billions of dollars from the stimulus package.
Good schools are the foundation of our future economic and national security,” Kissell said. “In recent months we have seen hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars go to the very people who put our country in this economic crisis. I am pleased that the American Economic Recovery Act will focus money directly to those who need it the most: students in America's long-too neglected public schools. Unlike the money shoveled away into corporate bailouts, this money targets both immediate and long term needs and will pay dividends to our nation for decades to come.
Unfortunately, North Carolina is among the states getting the smallest amount per capita from the stimulus bill.