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NPT Capitol: Dunnam’s stimulus Committee in EP on the 28th

State Rep Jim Dunnam’s stimulus roadshow is coming to El Paso!

“Chairman Dunnam is … willing to take the committee to the people of Texas and recognizes the importance of having a hearing in El Paso so that El Paso’s voice is heard during the stimulus appropriation process.”said Rep. Chávez in a press release.

The meeting will take place on March 28. But that’s about all anyone can tell you right now – We know it’s planned, but the place and time are yet to be determined – a bit like the recovery the stimulus package is meant to bring…

For background go here. Read the full press release after the jump.

–Ben Wright

From Norma Chavez’s office:

House Stimulus Select Committee Hearing in El Paso

The House Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding is scheduled to hold a public hearing in El Paso on March 28, 2009

WHAT: Stimulus Select Committee Public Hearing in El Paso

WHEN: Saturday, March 28th, 2009 (Tentative)

WHERE:To Be Announced

TIME: To Be Announced

AUSTIN – State Rep. Jim Dunnam, Chair of House Select Committee on Economic Stabilization Funding, announced that the Select Committee will hold a hearing in El Paso tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2009.

Details regarding the time and location will be forthcoming.

In a letter to State Rep. Norma Chávez, Chairman Dunnam wrote, “I am writing to you today to request your assistance in heading up public hearings for the Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding in the El Paso area.”

“Chairman Dunnam is asking all the important and hard questions,” said Rep. Chávez. “He is willing to take the committee to the people of Texas and recognizes the importance of having a hearing in El Paso so that El Paso’s voice is heard during the stimulus appropriation process.”

The Select Committee will make recommendations to the Legislature regarding the use of stimulus funds, monitor federal legislation and regulations that affect stimulus funding. Rep. Chávez serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Stimulus which will consider recommendations made by the Select Committee and implement the recommendations into the state budget.

“I am greatly concerned as to how the stimulus will be implemented,” Rep. Chávez said. “It is important that there is transparency and accountability throughout this process.”

Within the last few months the U.S. economy has shrunk by 6.2 percent, within the last two years the Dow Industrial Average has dropped by half, and companies large and small are laying off employees. The stimulus is a critical step in fighting off the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression.

“Families are losing jobs, and are having to cutback,” Rep. Chávez said. “We cannot afford to say ‘no’.”

(See attached letter.) [posted here]

Ali Enrique Razavi
Chief of Staff
Office of State Representative Norma Chavez

Ali Enrique Razavi

Chief of Staff

Office of State Representative Norma Chavez

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm

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