Monday, June 08, 2009

Unlikely allies back House bill for Gulf Coast job

WASHINGTON -- Hurricane season begins today, and with it an effort to gain some traction on Capitol Hill for an ambitious plan to create 100,000 "green jobs" along the Gulf Coast for victims of past storms.

The Gulf Coast Civic Works Act was born 2,100 miles from New Orleans at a San Jose State University "campus sleep-out" on election night 2006. Students watched Spike Lee's documentary, "When the Levees Broke," on a giant outdoor screen, and wanted to know what they could do to help.

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