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."


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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Gulf Resident........Life ruined by Obama

    This is by far the worst president we have ever had. First my family loses our employer based health care because of Obama's Health Care Rip Off! Then I lose my job because Obama has done nothing to help the economy except use stimulus money for Union only jobs! Now he has taken away the beautiful enviroment because he does not know what to do about this oil,and has appointed people who should know but don't, because he only appointed them because of the color of their skin. Newsflash Obama, you are the president and you are supposed to handle disasters, we are on day 60!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and all you do is play golf on our tax dollars. Real nice Obama, what a joke, go back to Kenya, you are not wanted or welcome here in the U.S.

    June 17, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Steph

    I really wish the Republicans from Texas would just shut up...failed agenda, blah, blah, blah, ashamed of BP "slush fund", blah, blah, blah....tell that to the people working at these manufacturing plants and tell it to the people in the gulf who will sleep a little easier tonight!

    June 17, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    More red ink......which will do exactly what the last red ink did........which was to accomplish little and require more red ink.

    Time to get with the priorities, and start making jobs in America happen.......and not give-aways.

    June 17, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Green Energy jobs? Put the oil rig workers on summer projects to build windmills and solar farms...then send the bill to Sister Sarah , Tanning Salon man and Pillboy.

    June 17, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Lib Hunter

    Another step closer to the status of Greece. Yeah, Hope and Change. Woo Hoo!!!

    June 17, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. get real

    Yes, Mr. Sessions, the Republicans know best how to grow the economy....ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, whew, that's a good one, oh, he, he, he! I'm laughing so hard my eyes are tearing up.

    June 17, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Because the last "push" worked so well? Ah, well, drunken sailor Dems, what's a few hundred billion dollars more of Chinese money tied to our grandchildrens' necks, so long as the unions are kept happy. May as well pay people to dig holes, then fill them back in.

    June 17, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    When Plan A doesn't work, the administration huddles together with their political consultants and comes back with...more of Plan A?!?!?

    I heard Toyota is raising their Q3 forecast based on Cash For Clunkers Part II.

    June 17, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I guess Mr. Sessions is one of the idiots from the republiCANT party that voted against the stimulus bill. I want to see how many republiCANTS show up at ribbon cutting ceremonies.

    June 17, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. thor

    Like all borrowed money ,one day the bills will have to be paid.This administration needs to have the credit card taken away and cut up.They are addicted to spending money that they don't have and robbing from our children their futures.

    June 17, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Angus McDugan

    I'm OBAMA and I want MORE!!!!!!!!

    Give me your money to feed the liberal machine!

    Ummmm, me hungry.

    June 17, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. SocialismBad

    A year and half later we have higher unemployment and are over 2 trillion dollars further in debt. Obozo and DemocRATS continue to demonize and attack private business and create an environment NOT CONDUCIVE TO ECONOMIC RECOVERY of the private sector.

    But what do you expect from a community organizer and big government types that never created a job in their lives? Obozo and his miserable band of socialists in Congress will sink this country to lows never seen before.

    Hurry November 2010 & 2012! We're holding on by our fingertips!!!

    June 17, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. Marcus

    "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.
    FACT – President Obama was handed with a rising unemployement and, a bit too slowly I agree, he had managed to reverse its course.
    FACT – Wasn't just last week that ANOTHER economist admitted that he was wrong when he was against the spending by the givernment as a way to deal with the incoming Depression (that was averted)? The answer is yes, only die-hard Libertarians still claim that the spending wasn't necessary.
    FACT – There's an anti-incubent feeling spread all over the country, Democrats are the easiest targets for that feeling because they are the majority, but some Republicans on the House won't be even running for the Elections as well.

    June 17, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. Greg Pottstown PA

    The first stimulus failed and everyone with a brain can see that. Why should we do it again? What is it going to be used for other than creating more govt. jobs? At what point will this president stop adding new spending to our over blown budget? If you don't count jobs created for short periods of time like building this factory, I bet he has created less than 400,000 jobs in the private sector.

    June 17, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Eric

    Who in the f*** do these people think they're fooling???

    They didn't fool 48% of us to start with, and the other 52 percent who gave the guy the benefit of the doubt, have been waking up for months now and regretting their vote.

    Barack H. Obama will go down in history as the kind of failure Jimmy Carter only hoped to be, but was too lazy and stupid to achieve.

    Think unemployment is bad now? Wait until all the census workers are officially off the government's payroll. Expect 11 percent unemployment by election day. Bank on it.

    No more bailouts.
    No more "stimulus."
    No more porkulous.
    No more government take overs.
    In short, no more socialism.

    June 17, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. PalmReader

    Unfortunately, we as a society need constant daily reminders that indeed the stimulus has and will continue to help the economy. I welcome this publicity push.

    Bring it on GOPers. Remind us what YOUR party has accomplished these past 2 years.

    I doubt Pete Session's tea leaf reading GOP November landslide victory will be any more of a persuasive argument than adopting Nancy Reagan's Just Say No has been.

    June 17, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Marcus

    "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."
    Now they want to sell their image as being fiscal conservatives?
    Hery dude, Mccain lost because he couldn't sell this to the voters (among many other talking points).
    I agree with the bit who says that economist says that fiscal discipline is needed, that's the basic of their science. But the most of them (and please, Libertarians, don't try to sell your RPs as they are the 'common voice' of the economists) agreed that the spending was necessary.
    THIS spending... I don't know, I still have to read a little more about it to have my opnion formed, but I definitely will not accept the 'No, never and absolutely NOT' reaction of the Gopers.

    June 17, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Dave

    How much more money do the want from hard working taxpayers before the moderate Democrats wake up and realize taking from one to give to another DOES NOT WORK?

    Do they not see greece and what has lead to their collpase? It is socialist policies.

    Wake up people

    June 17, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Slick William

    Here is a clue Joe, make sure the stimuless money goes to the small businesses that are left and NOT to keeping State and Federal bureaucrats in their overpayed, unproductive and underworked positions.

    Hey, here is a thought, on all government funded infrastructure projects:

    1) Minimize the use of mechanical methods, use manpower, more jobs
    2) Establish a 10% max over budgeted construction cost profit for the Contractors
    3) Eliminate the associated red tape and time lines regarding Federal and local permitting requirements
    4) Make sure that each worker is a US CITIZEN

    June 17, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. one voice

    I say it's time to cut the tax breaks for the rich and big business. It's those tax cuts and the NO WMD war that had us burning the candle at both ends, and throw in the unpaid for drug perscription program. We were losing 750,000 jobs a month before Obama took office and millions were losing there homes, stock market near crash. I'm tired of people saying it's not Bushes failed policies that are to blame. THANKS BUSH

    June 17, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Angus McDugan

    MONEY!!!! MORE MONEY!!!!!

    Everyone stop and feed Obama's insatiable hunger for money!!!!!!

    He is like Godzilla trouncing through a city leaving destruction in his wake crying out "MORE MONEY!"

    Quick, we need Ultra Man!

    June 17, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. buckwheat

    Obama needs to step down....please stop covering for this loon!

    June 17, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. phoenix86

    Axelrod is an idiot. Obama wasted $800 billion for zero job growth. The only jobs created are government jobs and Census workers.

    The economy will only improve when Obama is unemployed.

    June 17, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Chipste

    Rep. Sessions, I attended a meeting with Rep. Pitts and a mostly Republican audience. They all complained about spending, demanded cuts, and no tax increases.... then, one by one they all demanded that Rep. Pitts increase spending on farm subsidies, job training, unemployment, highway projects, small business loans, college tuition, preventing foreclosures, and – of course – don't touch their Medicare or Social Security! The outrage over national parks tightening their belts and some closing was amazing.

    Do Republicans believe in there's a fairy that drops money on those programs? When spending is cut, that means their precious programs are also cut. Oh, unless we borrow or tax but of course they don't want that either. Good grief!

    June 17, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Riley

    Obama is clueless. His idea of a stimulus is worthless. Cut taxes NOT increase taxes.

    June 17, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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