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Activists Rally for Stimulus that Benefits the Most Vulnerable

By Avery Schneider

Buffalo, NY – While House members were debating the new federal stimulus package Wednesday, Buffalo residents were showing their support for the plan at a downtown rally organized by Citizen Action of Western New York.

Spokeswoman Diana Cihak says the package is a vital step that will start the nation down the road of economic recovery. She says Citizen Action wants to make sure the package benefits the average citizen.

"It's important to our coalition that those who are the most vulnerable are not disproportionately affected by this crisis," Cihak said. "We need to make sure this stimulus is getting down to the people who need it."

Cihak says the bill helps those facing job loss, foreclosure, bankruptcy and loss of health insurance. She says she's glad to see that the plan allocates money for programs such as food stamps and unemployment insurance, which directly benefits those hit hardest by economic crisis.