February 17th, 2009
02:26 PM ET
9 years ago

Recovery.gov launched

 Recovery.gov has launched.

Recovery.gov has launched.

(CNN) - Hours before President Obama was set to sign the $787 billion stimulus measure, the White House launched Recovery.gov, a site that the White House is calling an “unprecedented step to increase transparency in government.”

The site aims to break down the massive bill into simpler terms that relate exactly where the money is being directed. It includes a video address from President Obama promoting the benefits of the plan.

The site also includes the full text of the bill itself, and a Frequently Asked Question's section that fields such queries as "How will the recovery plan work?," "How can I see how much recovery money is coming to my community?," and "What type of programs will this recovery package fund?"

"This is your money. You have a right to know where it's going and how it's being spent," the site states.

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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    censored again by CNN, thank-you Sir may I have another?

    February 17, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. tiff of Lithia Springs

    Will poot on you Pat F. Betcha we wouldn't have gotten this tool under you precious useless GOP.


    February 17, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Obama4life

    who cares what the news/media say.

    February 17, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. NY republican

    Jaye – how's this for negative? THe Bill is now law and the Dow-Jones has dropped (that's "negative") another 271.04 points. That means that every time the "stimulus" package has passed a milestone the Dow- Jones has dropped (that's "negative") somewhere around 300 points.

    February 17, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Big Al

    Yeah, that transparency thing is sure working good for me. Had plenty of time to read and understand the Stimulus measure before voting by Congress on Friday.

    February 17, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Freedom

    Go to the recovery.gov site.

    Now, you must read the fine print to see that "Tax Relief" includes funds that are also separately listed, giving the impression that "Tax Relief" is very large when it really is not. This is not transparency, but rather more funny accounting.

    We entrusted the government to be stewards of our hard earned money, and this bill is throwing that to the wind by not allowing public dialog. The bill was posted and signed in too short a time. If it is that critical, break the bill into easily understood and passed sections to ensure accountability. What has been done is create a new level of government just to oversee this bill, when in reality, properly crafted legislation should be transparent and over seen by all.

    The Democrats and Republicans have collectively lost their minds! Bush's bailout and Obama's bailout are the largest, fastest spending in American history. Obama's bill is equal to more than a typical year's budget....

    How long would it take YOU to pay off a bill that was equal to your typical annual budget? YEARS!! We've just doomed our grandchildren to pay our bills...

    February 17, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Charles Atlanta

    For those who still disapprove the stimulus plan, unless you have good idea what to do, please just shut up! The economy is in crisis toward catastrophy if we choose do nothing (like Republican want to do). And don't expect your 401k and stock can jump and recover in overnight. We are in the financial crisis since last administration that doubled our national debt to 11 trillions. BTW, we also have a bank rescue plan which is almost same amolunt like this stimulus plan and no oversight.

    February 17, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Obama4life

    who cares what the news/media say.

    February 17, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. tiff of Lithia Springs

    WELL, poot on you Pat F. Betcha we wouldn't have gotten this tool under you precious useless GOP.


    February 17, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Chauncey Grizzly

    Will, the market is hardly an exact science or measuring tool to attain any data than the fair-weather anxieties of brokers and their customers.

    You'd have better accuracy at predicting the outcome of our economy by asking a weatherman (not vested in the market, that is).

    February 17, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. kenneth- Wisconsin

    As the President speaks the Dox drops 250 points.

    February 17, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Angie in Pa

    Now this Is transparency Why Didnt Bush do this with The Wall St Bailout?

    February 17, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Sharon from NJ

    I am so sick and tired of some people bad mouth President Obama and that includes the media. He only been in office for a few weeks now. He did not create this mess he inherited. He is trying his best to correct this mess but yet a few people is discredited him. Isn't it funny that some people can said negative things but offer no solution.
    To all the negative people come up with a plan that will benefit all people for health care. education, jobs and mortages. If not than keep your DAMED MOUTH SHUT!!!!!!

    February 17, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Conservative and Proud

    The country's going down the toiler-QUICK-Make a website!

    February 17, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. NY republican

    What market!? That would be the one that drops 300 points every time this bill hits the news!!!

    February 17, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. kenneth- Wisconsin

    Openness? Before he was elected he promised to let the bills he would sign be postes online for 5 days. He is zero for 3 on that promise. Another empty suit is what I see.

    February 17, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Idealist

    Using Wall Street to judge the shape of the economy is like watching a spoiled rotten child throwing a temper tantrum, trying to get its own way (the ultra indulgence that it has been getting for the last several years)- and when it doesn't get its own way, it continues pitching a fit, screaming at the top of its lungs!

    "Wall Street" seems to be holding the rest of the country hostage.

    February 17, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. john

    @ Jaye –
    This gimmick is very transparent to those of us with sense. How transparent is promising to provide the public with 48 hours to review the largest spending bill in US History and then publishing it at 11pm and calling for a 9am vote?
    It is transparent that no lobbyist were to be included in the admin, yet more than 17 have been appointed.
    It is transparent that moving the census under the control of the whitehouse instead of the non-partisan commerce dept. helps to further gerrymander voting districts.

    Yeah, you are are spot on...real informed. Please continue to follow Olberman and Maddow into the red revolution.

    February 17, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Big Ace


    Are you serious? Your comment makes no sense whatsoever. His signing the bill makes it official. Prior to him signing a bill it is subject to change so he cannot tell what the cost will be because it might change the next day.

    My God, if people only think before they speak (text).

    February 17, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Jaye- I've been playing close attention to your extremely uninformed blogs and just have to comment now about what newscasters you say speak the truth, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart. Keith Olbermann is a living joke and all the other news people know it and he would not know the truth if it were in his face if it was against his messiah, NOBAMA! You people are like sheep, flock together, regardless. Stop blaming the Republicans for something that all parties had hands in! If you can't blog with some bit of truth, then go get a life and quit complaining.

    February 17, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. J.P.

    The DOW is down nearly 300 points today, in what will be the first of many, many, many similar days to follow. The market is speaking loudly on the “stimulus” plan.

    Batten down the hatches, folks. We’re in for a brutal two-year storm that has the potential to completely swamp our vessel, until this damage can be undone in 2010. …and even then, a conservative tidal wave storming into Congress in 2010 will only be able to blot the bleeding from the wounds, at best, because much of the damage to come from Obama’s economic illiteracy will be irreversible.

    Using history as a guide, the best thing we could hope for economically is for Hitler to rise from the grave and start annexing all of Europe. …because like FDR’s Raw Deal, this sh*t isn’t going to get better on its own, especially when the government is doing everything it can to ensure recovery does not happen.

    When you buy the people’s votes at the cost of 13 extra kernels of corn each week, don’t be surprised when they starve in later years, because you’ve paid them off out of future years’ seed.

    February 17, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Rick

    Maybe Obama should speak to his pals Nancy and Harry and have them do the same thing before bills become law. Knowing what's being authorized is far more important than how it's being spent. Once someone gets the authorization to spend money, you can be sure it'll be spent. That's how they justify their existance.

    February 17, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Noah

    The Obama Administration has been operating for less than a month. I think it is too early to call them the most open and transparent administration. That is just foolish although I am sure it sounds good to the same people who shouted change and hope but could never define what it meant. The Obama administration already went back on their word once. They promised to post proposed bills online for 48 hours before signing them so that the public could read them. They never did that with this bill. Most of the senators and congressmen who signed off on the bill did not even read half of its nearly 1200 pages. That is transparency?? I think not

    February 17, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Leadership??? Full and open! I'm about to gag!! Not ONE of the people that signed that bill into action read the overly excessive 1,000 pages! Transparency?? BS! Boy, can you ever be led around with a ring in your nose!

    February 17, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. Get Over It

    Matthew in Detroit,

    Let me guess where you get the "information" that you parrot.....
    Faux news? other ultra-conservative "news" sources?? So typical & transparent.

    February 17, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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