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."