Sanders Wants a Jolt for the Economy

BURLINGTON, November 24- Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) agreed today with President-elect Barack Obama's call for the next Congress to pass a bold economic stimulus package to create jobs and bolster the economy. The new initiative would be in addition to the billions of dollars the Bush administration has committed to rescue financial markets.

"After years of neglect, our top priority should be a major investment in repairing our crumbling roads and bridges, fixing our schools, reviving our railroads, and making a major financial commitment to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. Now is the time to move forward aggressively because each $1 billion investment creates up to 47,000 new jobs," Sanders said.

"If Congress can fork over $700 billion to rescue the Wall Street fat cats from their reckless gambles, why can't we put millions of Americans to work rebuilding our country as we address the severe economic crisis we face?" Sanders asked.