The U.S. House is beginning to debate President Obama's $6 billion Homestar program that will incentivize Americans to replace windows, add insulation and caulk, and replace old appliances, according to this AP brief (http://bit.ly/bwrDAj). Vermont's lone representative, Peter Welch, one of the bill's early sponsors, is out on the trail building grassroots support for the bill, according to this story from the CBS affiliate in Burlington, VT (http://bit.ly/caawrv). Welch's sound bite is about the potential jobs the so-called Cash for Caulkers bill will generate.
"Construction has been hammered. They have a 25% unemployment rate in the building trades," he tells WCAX-TV.
My guess is Homestar is going to be a home run despite some Republican opposition. Stay tuned.