August 26th, 2010
09:02 AM ET
4 years ago

Top N.H. Dems team up with V.P. to tout stimulus

Vice President Joe Biden will be in New Hampshire on Thursday morning to tout what the White House calls a major milestone of the federal stimulus.
Vice President Joe Biden will be in New Hampshire on Thursday morning to tout what the White House calls a major milestone of the federal stimulus.

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden heads to New Hampshire Thursday morning to tout what the White House calls a major milestone of the federal stimulus. Teaming up with Biden at the event in Manchester will be the state's two Democratic representatives, who both face challenges at the polls this November.

According to the White House, "Vice President Biden will visit the home of a Manchester, NH family where he'll announce a major Recovery Act milestone – the weatherizing of 200,000 homes under the Recovery Act."

The administration says that their goal is to weatherize nearly 600,000 homes by March 2012 under the Recovery Act, adding that "the Administration is investing about $90 billion through the Recovery Act in clean energy and energy-efficiency projects that cut costs, reduce energy use and create new jobs."

The stimulus was passed by Congress early last year mostly along party lines. Republicans criticize the measure for failing to create jobs and pump up the economy.

Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter will join Biden at the event. Rather than run for re-election, Hodes is bidding for the state's open Senate seat, currently held by retiring Republican Sen. Judd Gregg, and is his party's presumptive Senate nominee. Shea-Porter is running for re-election. Thanks in part to the tough political climate facing incumbents and Democrats, analysts say both Hodes and Shea-Porter face difficult elections.

Biden is expected to return to New Hampshire late next month to help raise campaign funds for both representatives.

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Filed under: Economy • issues • Joe Biden • New Hampshire • Stimulus
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Clwyd

    The Repulsive Party( Party of No and Nothing) sure won't want to hear that!

    August 26, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  2. hal

    What a joke.....all three of them.

    August 26, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  3. Mike

    Too bad this program only helps those who already have money. If you're well off already you can afford the additional costs associated with this program.
    Putting in extremely expensive upgrades, with which the feds kick in only a portion of the amount, still leaves a homeowner will a large amount of money to come up with.
    If you're poor you can get subsidies or assistance so they're taken care of.
    Another way the Obama administration is sticking it to the middle class.
    Thanks for the CHANGE Mr. President. I was better off under Bush. As hard as that is to say.

    August 26, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  4. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Yes this is the "summer of prosperity" as proclaimed by an incompetent, inept, corrupt administration that represents big labor only. We had to pay for a trillion dollars for a stimulus that made big union executives even richer and the rest of us poorer. We are now starting to pay for Obamacare, which will make all of the non working, non taxpaying illegal drug users even more happy and irresponsible. Biden is an airhead, working for a criminal. One and done Obozo.

    August 26, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. Ric

    "Vice President Biden will visit the home of a Manchester, NH family where he'll announce a major Recovery Act milestone – the weatherizing of 200,000 homes under the Recovery Act."

    What? This is what liberals are proud of?? 473,000 new unemployment claims last week and these dolts really believe they can pull a smoke and mirrors job like this on the American people?

    Libtards – if you want to know why your policies are being rejected?? It’s the fools you elect like Obama, Biden, Pelosi and Reid! The far left maniacs want hard left socialism and want to take from me, a hardworking man from humble beginnings to give to “ Rodney “ because he decided on his own to drink, do drugs and have countless children out of wedlock.

    Liberals are swept out of office this Novemeber and Obama is GONE in 2012.

    August 26, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. jim

    The stimulus was a giant waste of taxpayers money.Anyone that thinks it did any good other that help certain members of Congress that live in districts where the money was spent needs to stop and take another look.The overall economy sucks but we were told we needed to pass this stimulus in order to right this economy.And look at the states clammering for more ,they are the ones that are on the edge of bankruptsy and want to keep federal dollars flowing so they don't have to deal with the reality.

    August 26, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. Greg Pottstown PA

    I can't wait to see Obama try to debate this issue come 2012. The US economy would be in better shape now if we had done nothing. The key to our economy is the free market. when people stop buying items the prices will fall and people can afford to start buying again. Instead what we have is obama printing money out of thin air and adding taxes to everything causing prices of all kinds of goods to go up when people are seeing incomes go down.

    August 26, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  8. Larry

    It's a nice idea, but do the math and $90 billion divided by 600,000 (their goa) works out to $150,000 per home. Does this sound like a wise investment? Couldn't this money have been spent on something with a greater rate of return? Unfortunately, this seems to be a pattern with these stimulus projects, much like how they are saying they created 3.3 million jobs, but at a cost of around $250,000 per job. You would have been better off just distributing the money directly to the taxpayer!

    August 26, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  9. kazport

    Just the headline alone can make you laugh,. It should say Biden lies once again about effects of Stimulus" The sad thing is he things people are buying the message. We aren'ts stupid Joey.

    August 26, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans aren't part of this country because if they were they'd help instead of offer obstruction. Why do people vote for someone who hasn't offered a helping hand.

    August 26, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  11. Chad from Tampa

    Blah blah blah is all I hear when Biden speaks.

    August 26, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. malabar

    New Hampshire? where they openly wish for Palins demise? say it aint so Joe! ;-)

    August 26, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. Ferret out the BS

    Keep pushing the use of stimulus funds to create jobs Joe. People need work to start paying in their taxes and to get business going again. It's a tough fight with the opposition blocking every attempt to save this country from economic collapse but you, the President, Congress, and the Democratic Policies can do it. We need it no matter what the Republican leadership says.

    August 26, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. Hugo

    What a piece of work old Joe "Bite me" Biden is, here we are once again on the precipice of double dip recession with the "REPORTED" unemployment hovering around 10.2 % (actual is in the 20's) and he is still banging the drum of what a fine job the trillion dollar waste of tax dollars did us. What these lifer politicians do not seem to get is that jobs do not drive the economy, commerce drives the economy. Jobs are not commerce, jobs are a result of commerce. You do not kick start an economy from the bottom, it has to come from the top where the green is. This Administration is either intentionally attempting to destroy our economy in line with the founders principles of ACORN or they are completely stupid, I tend to believe the latter. All I can say is hang on America, people are waking up and figuring out for the sustainability and well being of our Nation they may have to vote against a free hand out and a government paycheck. There is no such thing as a FREE lunch!

    August 26, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. NVa Native

    Here in Virginia the stimulus money (that was demonized by our local Republicans) is used to balance our state budget. And these low life Republicans are continuing to decieve the public with more lies, they are saying it is because of their hard work.
    They claim to be many things; moderate, tolerant, centrist, fiscially responsible, Christians – but their actions and words prove just the opposite. And even their supporters in the public are reduced to meaningless Fox/Limpball/teabagger talking points.

    When will the Republicans be honest once again?
    When could they be trusted again?
    Can they ever be?

    August 26, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. Dave

    If the federal government could reduce our taxes and these bailouts, we could all afford to make our homes more environmentally friendly.

    August 26, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. What a waste

    You got to be kidding. $787 Billion in stimulus and this is something that we paid for....what a waste of money. This admisistration has no concept on how to help the economy.

    August 26, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  18. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    TOUT Stimulus!?? The American taxpayer was forced to bailout not once but 8 times the very crooks who stole our life's savings, our jobs and our retirement!
    And what does the American taxpayer get in return?
    Double Dip recession and a nation on the brink of bankruptcy!
    NO,NO and NO! this was a massive miss-carriage of justice! Executives from banking, Wall Street, AIG, Insurance and the Government should be in Prison! But no our Government used more of our money to reward them and the job losses continue with no end in sight.
    We have less than one year now to make radical spending cuts before this nation goes belly up broke in a global economic disaster that will make the fall of the USSR look like kindergarten.

    August 26, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. jpmichigan

    As the say,"Birds of a feather flock together." Voters don't be hoodwinked the stimulus to improve the economy , employment of full time works none of it happened thanks to the power of the Democratic Party. They all talk the talk but that all it is , is talk, no positive, long lasting results.

    August 26, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. JD

    Since Democrats took over the Congress in '07, this has been a constant shell game. Distract, redirect, attack (when in doubt, blame Wall Street). To go back even further, it was the '04 elections that reduced the Rebulican majority to where Democrats really started their agenda.

    They jerked the wheel, rolled the bus. The only thing they didn't expect was how much damage they did in their aggressive power play. Look at how Obama keeps stating that it's worse than they thought. Obama, Biden, Clinton..........all SENATORS. What the hell were they paying attention to while they were there? You have to at least conclude they were incompetent Senators if you believe the rest. We voted in self admitted clueless people.

    Yes, I'm saying that the Democrats had as much do, if not more, than President Bush for this disaster.

    Now their only out route is to blame Bush, and continue to convince us that if not for them, we'd be in a depression. That argument would have to draw the logical conclusion that if McCain had won, matters would be worse. I'm not declaring they would be better, but, worse.........that's tough to buy in to. More than that, I will not be convinced that the American public are so weak that we need leaders who remind us how much we need them.

    August 26, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  21. USN

    Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining.

    August 26, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. mj

    People can't afford to pay their mortgage, yet he wants them to pay to "weatherize" their home? We are all going to line up for all the jobs this will create. By the way, just what does a "weatherizer" do? They sure have their priorities screwed up.

    August 26, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. KPATL

    Biden is a cartoon character. (Elmer Fudd maybe?) He says and does outlandish things, but eventually everyone grows out of it, stops listening and changes the channel. November is the commercial break and 2012 is the channel switching.

    August 26, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. Tinkers Dam

    Great!! We've weatherized 200,000 double wides...Now where are all those millions of jobs I keep hearing about.

    August 26, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Something is better than nothing. Obama and his administration was willing to try something when doing nothing wouldn't help and more likely hurt the country.

    August 26, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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