November 18th, 2009
12:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Biden says errors on Recovery.gov will be fixed

Vice President Joe Biden is downplaying news the government Web site Recovery.gov reported hundreds of millions of stimulus dollars spent on projects in congressional districts that in fact do not actually exist.
Vice President Joe Biden is downplaying news the government Web site Recovery.gov reported hundreds of millions of stimulus dollars spent on projects in congressional districts that in fact do not actually exist.

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden is downplaying news the government Web site Recovery.gov reported hundreds of millions of stimulus dollars spent on projects in congressional districts that in fact do not actually exist.

The districts don't exist, but the projects do, Biden said Tuesday night.

And the administration isn't to blame - the fault lies with the nation's educational system.

In an appearance on The Daily Show, Biden said the errors - first reported by ABC News - do not indicate unaccounted-for spending but are rather the result of 70 people who are the product of "bad civics classes."

"Every single solitary penny that got sent out there to a state, a construction company, a nonprofit had to be accounted for," Biden told host Jon Stewart. "And it all got put on Recovery.gov. What happened was, out of 130,000 people reporting in what they did with the money…70 did not know how to count."

"There was bad civics classes for those 70 people," Biden continued. "They had to fill out a form, what district are you in, and there was no such district."

Biden said checkers are now going through the reports to determine the actual districts where the money was spent.


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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. dan

    I agree with the VP.

    November 18, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. PREDICTA

    So when they correct the errors will they now admit that the money went for political payoffs and patronage? I think not.

    November 18, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Unless I'm mistaken, the STATES have responsibility for reporting their resutls.

    Shame on REPUBLICAN ARIZONA.

    November 18, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. You get what you pay for

    Where are all of the Biden (and Obama Administration) defenders now? And people made fun of Dan Quayle? This guy is the biggest joke ever!

    November 18, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Lotta Muni

    Recovery.gov is a joke. They even refer repeatedly to the non-government run recovery.org for their facts. Some transparency, huh?

    November 18, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Frank the Tank

    Sounds like someone's pockets got lined pretty well. Either way that money is squandered

    November 18, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. Dan

    Government can't get simple facts right, can't run medicare and they want to run all our health! We cannot depend on government employees doing a "Good enough for Government work" as the major runner of our lives.

    November 18, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Val in MA

    Sure, blame the American people Joe, how very appropriate. This administration DOES NOT take any responsibility for anything. Shame, shame, shame!

    November 18, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. shmeckel

    Mr. Biden I think the problem is the fact that the administration approved monies for districts that did not exist. How can you go on TV and claim that all the money is accounted for when it was approved for nonexistent districts. I think it is safe to say the applications were not reviewed by qualified people, but you want us to believe you spent the money wisely.

    You can only imagine how much fraud came out of this stimulus debacle. I don’t care if the applicants messed up the applications they were not elected to run the country and look out for our best interests. They were looking for free money and you gave it to them without asking any questions or having any consideration for our hard earned money. You gave away the money you are responsible for the mistakes not the people asking for it. You have the nerve to go on TV and blame this on anyone but the people giving away the money. You owe us an apology not some lame excuse you crooked scumbag politician.

    November 18, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Barack reads his lies, Unions Thrive and the Economy dies.

    Can't wait to read it.

    What an improvement this country would be if run by Sarah instead of Barack. If she was running the show, at least we would have getting America working again the HIGHEST priority.

    We would actually have some money left as we will learn to spend less and borrow less, and tax less and encourage business more.

    We wouldn't be running towards the road of Socialist hell, and morale would be a hell of a lot higher in the military (the backbone of our country), than it is now with Obama.

    November 18, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. JIm Hilton Head SC

    Joe

    Give it a rest don't you check the facts before posting them ? It's funny how Obama and Biden always place the blame elsewhere. Where are all those fictious jobs you say you have created ?

    This is a disgrace to the people.

    November 18, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. vtbob

    This administration's attempt at transparency is ludicrous. The propensity for this administration to "make mistakes" defies the laws of probability. The problem is they have decided to fill positions with unqualified in experienced people at all levels. You have the blind leading the blind. This administration is so desperate to justify some positive effect the "Stimulus Package" is having on the economy that they have to make things up.
    the only thing missing from this excuse is at the beginning Biden forgot to say "once upon a time" and he failed to close his presentation with "They all lived happily everafter." Both he and the President are living in fantasy land. I ahve only one thing to say to them both, "It's time to put on the CLOWN NOSES!"

    They must think we are all na

    No one is validating or checking any of the data elm is they have surrounded themselves with inexperienced people because of the "political favors' owed .

    November 18, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Obama Victim

    is it too late to corrrect the error the country made in the last election??

    November 18, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. La

    And did Mr. Biden attend those same Civics classes? There is for sure something rotten in Denmark. /mindboggled.

    November 18, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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