Sen. Brown Falsely Claims The Recovery Act "Didn't Create One New Job"

February 05, 2010 11:59 am ET

At a press conference yesterday, newly minted Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) stated the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act "didn't create one new job." In reality, the Recovery act created up to 1.6 million jobs and kept 6 million Americans out of poverty, including an estimated 98,000 in Brown's home state of Massachusetts.

Brown Gets It Wrong: "The Last Stimulus Bill Didn't Create One New Job"

ABC News reported:

"The last stimulus bill didn't create one new job and in some states the money that was actually released hasn't even been used yet," Brown said.  

"It didn't create one new job?" I asked.

"That's correct. We lost another 85,000 jobs again, give or take last month," he responded.  "And in Massachusetts, it hasn't created one new job and throughout the country as well.  It may have retained some but it hasn't created any new jobs." [ABC News, 2/4/10; emphasis added]

The Recovery Act Created Up To 1.6 Million American Jobs

CBO: The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Has Created Up To 1.6 Million American Jobs. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, "CBO now estimates that in the third quarter of calendar year 2009, ARRA's policies raised real GDP by between 1.2 percent and 3.2 percent, lowered the unemployment rate by between 0.3 and 0.9 percentage points, and increased the number of people employed by between 600,000 and 1.6 million compared with what those values would have been otherwise." [CBO, 11/30/09; emphasis added]

Recovery Act Kept 6 Million Americans Out Of Poverty

CBPP: Recovery Act Is Keeping 6 Million Americans Out Of Poverty. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, "Although meant chiefly to help the broad economy, the stimulus plan Congress enacted earlier this year (the American Recovery and Re-Investment Act of 2009, or ARRA) had the important secondary effect of significantly ameliorating the recession's impact on poverty. This analysis, which comes one day before the Census Bureau will release updated poverty figures (for 2008), examines seven of the recovery act's provisions -- two improvements in unemployment insurance, three tax credits for working families, an increase in food stamps, and a one-time payment for retirees, veterans, and people with disabilities -- and finds that they alone are preventing more than 6 million Americans from falling below the poverty line and are reducing the severity of poverty for 33 million more. Those 6 million people include more than 2 million children and over 500,000 seniors. This analysis includes state-specific estimates for California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Illinois." [CBPP, 9/9/09]

CBPP: Recovery Act Lifted 98,000 Massachusetts Residents Out Of Poverty.  According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act lifted an estimated 98,000 Massachusetts residents above the federal poverty level.  [CBPP, 12/17/09]