June 17th, 2010
01:39 PM ET
5 years ago

White House begins new Stimulus push

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden Thursday helps kick off what the White House calls "Recovery Summer," a six week long push to highlight what the administration says will be jobs created this summer and fall by a surge in federal stimulus spending across the country.

The vice president, who oversees implementation of the Recovery Act, gives a report later Thursday to President Barack Obama that lays out a projected spike in stimulus activity and how it will contribute to what the White House says will be a steady climb to 3.5 million Recovery Act jobs by the end of the year.

On Friday, Obama travels to Columbus, Ohio, to mark the groundbreaking of what's touted as the 10,000 Recovery Act road project to get underway.

On Monday, Biden visits Midland, Michigan, for the groundbreaking of a new advanced battery manufacturing facility, which was made possible by a $161 million stimulus grant awarded last year.

In addition to the Obama and Biden events, the White House says that five Cabinet Members and other senior officials will hold kickoff ceremonies across the country Thursday and Friday, which they say are the first of over two dozen site visits and groundbreakings Administration officials will participate in across the country in the weeks ahead.

The stimulus, which is formally known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was designed to stimulate the country's economy by increasing federal government spending and cutting taxes at a total cost to the government of $862 billion.

No Republicans in the House and only three in the Senate voted in favor of the bill. The stimulus was initially believed to have a price tag of $787 billion earlier this year the Congressional Budget Office hiked its forecast for how much the stimulus will add to the nation's deficit, raising its estimate by $75 billion.

"In the face of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, Republicans in Congress chose to play politics with economic recovery and declared the Recovery Act a failure before it even began," says White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod, in a statement. "They made a cynical bet that if the President fails, they win. Democrats chose to act by tackling the crisis head-on and just over a year later the Recovery Act is putting millions of Americans to work and helping the economy grow again."

But Axelrod says the work is far from over, adding that "this summer will be the most active Recovery Act season yet with thousands of highly-visible road, bridge, water and other infrastructure projects breaking ground across the country, giving the American people a first-hand look at the Recovery Act in their own backyards and making it crystal clear what the cost would have been of doing nothing."

"President Obama and the Democrats can continue to push their faulty message, but that won't change the fact that their failed agenda has resulted in higher unemployment, record deficits, and dozens of Democrats who are now in danger of losing their re-elections," says Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, chairman of National Republican Congressional Committee. "The Democrats' refusal to pass a budget means missing an opportunity to rein in government spending and provide the fiscal discipline that economists say is needed to create jobs and grow the economy. As long as they continue down this path, the results will speak for themselves."


Filed under: Obama administration • Stimulus
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Jim in St. Johns, FL

    Oh, so Biden will be out and about to highlight the handfull of jobs created by the expenditure of billions of dollars of taxpayer money.

    While the number of jobless claims rise.

    While the unemployment rate rises (government really doesn't know how far above 12% true unemployment is).

    Meanwhile, in South Carolina, the State Democratic Party will meet and probably plans to overturn the will of 60% of the Dems in SC who voted for Greene.

    Apparently, Green is the wrong type of African American for the Dems in SC.

    The State Machine in SC has learned well from Obama and his Chicago jack booted thugs and gansters when it comes to overturning the will of the electorate at the ballot box (if you don't agree with it). Dems have a talent for that.

    June 17, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Franklin

    Is this stimulus going to be used to hire 400,000 more census workers?

    June 17, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Seth

    Yes.. .interesting to see the gang touting the stimulus and dispensation of funds. The only stimulus most of us see, is a stimulated attempt to buy votes with stimulus projects.

    Criminal indeed, since all of us are taxed to the bone, to fuel this
    Democratic machine.

    If the Conservative, Democratic and Independent voters were as dumb as this administration thinks... We would deserve to have them in charge for 4 more years.

    Thank goodness that intelligence rules out... 2010 IS FINALLY HERE!!

    June 17, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    That's fine for the construction industry, but what are they going to do to save the jobs of teachers, police, and firemen?

    June 17, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Matt

    Why a new stimulus? Obama hasn't even spent his last $878B 'slush fund', er, stimulus. Stop spending money that we don't have.

    June 17, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. m. weitzel

    Stimulus money should be used for creating permanent jobs, not for road work . these road jobs are only temporay and hire few people.

    June 17, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Orlando r.

    Republicans are hard headed. im sure it will pass

    June 17, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    That is the problem with joe and barack they like people and try to help people

    June 17, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. dale

    It's all China's money Mr. Axelhead. We have to pay this back liberal headed fools.

    June 17, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Steve- Illinois

    3.5 million jobs????? Who are they kidding! The last jobs report they waved in the air contained 95% of the new jobs were temporary census jobs, built on this administrations "new math" which counted the same person 4 and 5 times! The only way to create this fictional number of jobs would be if President Obama declared a new census must start recounting people every month! I live in Illinois and every year, there has been road construction, but according to the signs, which are posted at every construction site I've had to drive through, without the stimulus, there would have been none! I'm sure the sign makers did some hiring since the government, nationwide, has spent 100's of millions on signs to post outside every work zone!
    P.S. this battery plant hopes to employ 800 people, at a cost of $201,250.00 per job of stimulus funds!
    At least a project like this makes more sense than spending billions on handouts, which is where the majority of stimulus money is going!

    June 17, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. AbolishPoliticalParties

    NO!!! No way! No more. The People made it pretty clear we didn't want the previous lot of stimulus and bailout spending. Obama, STOP SPENDING OUR MONEY. This guy is like a shopaholic psychopath with a box full of checkbooks and a VISA with no limit. When he has a fly in his house he probably throws stacks of $100's at it instead of buying an 89 cent fly swatter.

    June 17, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Bogus

    These are sure to be bogus jobs created to put on a show and waste the taxpayers money.How much is this grandstanding going to cost us in the long run?

    June 17, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. jobs created

    you are doing a good work, staying on top of the recovery

    we, as a nation, are in good hands

    thank God the GOPers are not in charge

    it could have been much worse

    June 17, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Don of Iowa

    Obama and the Democrats can try all they wish but the truth is we are left with the party of NO and Obstruction as the arbiters of what will be done for the average American citizen who is a victim of the Republican deregulation of their Wall Street buddies and we all know what that will be, NOTHING, exactly what Republicans have done for any and all average Americans for the last 10 years, after all they did not earn the title of the Party of NO for NO reason.

    June 17, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Ken

    We need to pass this quick, because it is a crisis, and no crisis should go to waist. No need to worry about who will pay for it, they are not born yet.

    June 17, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Dean

    You want a new stimulus push.......Stop outsourcing jobs to foreign countries. This is still happeneing today and every day.

    June 17, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. JP

    I hope its not another give away to the unions who then give donations back to Obozo.

    June 17, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Eric in Denver

    Is this a late April fools joke? The first stimulus was a complete failure and now they want another? Let me guess there will be no airmarks and the unemployment rate will not drop below 8% guaranteed. This democratic congress and socialist president need to go. November can't come quick enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 17, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Nick

    They still have $300 million unspent from 2009.
    Government, size and salaries, continues to grow while the private sector contracts.
    The number of teachers and administrators has increased while student populations have decreased.
    Local governments haven't reduced in size commensurate with revenue declines.
    Unions have a stranglehold on goverment at all levels.

    Not one more thin dime unless it is tied to mandatory balanced budgets for the next 1,000,000 years!!!

    June 17, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    All the economists said at the time that a $780 Billion stimulus would not be enough. And bless his heart, our President accepted the watered down version, including tax cuts (though not for the wealthy) in the name of bipartisanship. Then guess what happened? The Republicans voted against it anyway (in the hopes of winning back control in the next election). So here we are. Who could have seen this coming?

    June 17, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. Bev

    Not such a good idea. I don't sense that most Americans see much benefit from past stimulus packages – except to corporate America, but Main Streets are still in big trouble. If these stimulus packages are suppose to be the 2010 WPA, it's not working..... I believe this is a bit of political suicide.

    June 17, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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