Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., called for an "emergency energy rebate" of $1,000 to be offered to families this fall, along with a $50 billion stimulus package to help jump-start job creation.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee announced the two-part "emergency economic plan" in response to the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which showed a loss of 51,000 jobs last month. "The first part of my plan is a $1,000 emergency energy rebate that could go out to families as soon as this fall," he said in a statement. "This rebate will be enough to offset the increased cost of gas for a working family over the next four months. Or, if you live in a state where it gets very cold in the winter, it will be enough to cover the entire increase in your heating bills."
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