April 13th, 2009
09:30 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama sources: stimulus projects 'under budget,' 'ahead of schedule'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama is hoping for a public relations victory Monday with what the White House sees as a triple-hit of good news from the stimulus bill.

Sources tell CNN Radio that billions in road and bridge money is going "farther" and being used "faster" than expected.

Two administration officials say Obama will announce that the Department of Transportation has funded 2,000 projects so far with stimulus dollars and that those projects have come in "under budget" and "ahead of schedule."

The sources did not provide any details, and it is not yet clear how the White House is judging the expected pace or costs of stimulus projects.

More information may come at an announcement, scheduled for 11:35 a.m. ET at transportation headquarters in Washington. The administration is putting three big names on stage: President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood are all expected to attend.

In prepared remarks, Biden planned to say, "We have the 2,000th transportation project now under way - that's going to help create jobs, make it easier for folks to get to the jobs they have and improve our nation's infrastructure all at the same time."

Aides tell CNN the administration is pointing to a highway-widening project in Kalamazoo County, Michigan as the 2,000th transportation project to receive stimulus help. A stretch of Interstate 94 near Portage, Michigan is set to expand from four lanes to six lanes at a cost $68 million.

The transportation department controls some $48 billion for infrastructure from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The bill was signed into law two months ago this week.

Filed under: Stimulus
soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Jean2

    A stimulus is just that, to stimulate the industury or economy. The definition does not suggest indefinite use.


    If the country goes down we all go down together.

    April 13, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. FreeNLovIt

    I am stil unemployed.. Where are the jobs????

    April 13, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. Chi Town

    OK... I think I figured this out.

    I'm 200k in debt... so I take a 20K cash advance on my credit card at 16%... go to best buy and get a TV for 10% off.

    Then I go home and tell the wife how responsible I am and what a great deal I just made for us????

    I'm beginning to see the spin...

    April 13, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. James

    This is all smoke and mirrors to cover up the 8.5 % unemployment rate!

    Jobs being paid for by money we have to borrow, will pay interest on, and some day will have to pay back are getting applauded? What an amazing idea let’s spend a trillion dollars and create some construction jobs....wow genus???

    April 13, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Kelby In Houston, TX

    the stimulus package is working and with the progression of time we will see an even bigger increase in jobs, temp or otherwise. The republicans have placed themselves in a position where the success of Obama and the United States of America will equate to failure and ultimate destruction of the GOP. Perhaps the success of this administration will spell out the end of conservative politics all together. The success of this administration will ultimately prove that the Republicans were wrong...ABOUT EVERYTHING. There will be no question of it, no way to spin it, no way to stop it

    April 13, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. Maggie

    WE probabally need proof and it in writing

    April 13, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. mark

    Where are the JOBS????????The private sector hires, no help means no jobs. When goverment makes jobs, it's called more money out of your pocket.

    Wake up America

    April 13, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. I laugh at Limbaugh daily

    Good job,well done.

    April 13, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Donna

    Some of you talking about you are still unemployed where are the jobs? You need to check your government website, the have the money.

    April 13, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Susan

    If I were an unemployed construction worker with a family, I'd jump on these jobs. Any job is better than sitting home collecting unemployment. It's spring, time to get out and fix the roadways so people can drive those new cars all summer. As far as worrying about the long term job, construction guys always move from one thing to the next. There are how many miles of roads in this country? And how many in disrepair? They will eb working as long as they want to work.

    April 13, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. charlie in maine

    This is exactly what I voted for. George Bush thought (as do most GOP leaders ) that govenment is the problem and they set out to make it so. People call Bush a failure but really he succeeded in proving that government can be the problem. Obama thinks that government can help. Even if he is only half right some things will get better. I like a President who will see it as a problem if his policies don't help average people. Cahnge we can believe in. You bet, Obama in 2012.

    April 13, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Beverly in NC

    Congratulations Mr President!

    You are proving to be the great leader and great innovator we knew you to be. Our nation is recovering due to your well-thought-out solutions and Americans have hope again.

    Just think and ALL of this was done with NO Republican support or input. That tells me Republicans are useless and irrelevant we did not need any more of their negative noise and criticism. It's time to get rid of more of them in 2010 and bring in people who want America to succeed and are willng to work for the people who elected them.

    Republicans have betrayed American voters in favor of Party rhetoric. As Dick Cheney would say – they are "unpatriotic".

    Great job President Obama!!!!

    April 13, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. carlos

    People that are screaming that that Obama is mortgaging their children future fail to realize that if he does not spend that money right now, these children have no future.

    April 13, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. James

    Blah blah blah, tell us how much was spent...how many jobse were created and how this helped the econmy. I don't care if your projects are on time or underbudget...what was the net result!

    8.5 unemployment and growing.

    This will be Obama's "Mission Accomplished" banner!

    April 13, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. charles

    Great to hear that the stimulus is working. Are these temp jobs? are they permanent? My unemployed family members and friends honestly dont care. They are recieving a paycheck, so they do can little things now like, get their vehicle fixed, so they can go look for other other work, feed their children, maybe even stimulate the economy and buy their children a toy or take them to McDonalds or something like that. Seems like a lot of people are missing the big picture here. The stimulus is working and will work. It has stimulated saections of the economy. We dont want government controling our lives and in our business. Well do something about it. Thanks Mr. Obama for helping me stimulate myself. its gonna take US picking up the other half.

    April 13, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Fitz in Texas

    Most of what this administration thinks is a good idea is a BAD IDEA.

    Look at the pork in this stimulus folks. It's enough to give you bad dreams. Oh wait, it's not a bad dream......we are now living it!

    April 13, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. Deborah/Kansas City

    The stiumulus was not intended to create lasting road repair jobs. It was created to get our country through this very difficult time economic time, created by the ultra conservatives. Until we can retool and begin to create the new energy jobs of the future and small business can get back on their feet. The stimulus was designed to slow down and then stop the crash of the economy. It give us time to fix the horrible mess the ultra wealthy and their worshipers made of the world's econonmy. The we will reestablish some sensible regulations. We are on the right track and moving forward. When this big crash has stopped; then we will have started creating good jobs that can not be sent out of the country. Then President Obama will do as he has said, he will begin to cut the deficit and to balance the budget. Which will be much easier with healthcare and education reformed; as well as the nation's energy retooled and the automobile makers competitive once again. Got to love our President.

    What a leader, What a President, What a Man-proving to be the leader we all wanted and the change we called for.

    April 13, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. chitra ramani

    Good job Mr.president. Now we see alight coming. American people need to leave the policy like "count the eggs before it hatches". But anyways i tnink the economy will rise if companies stops layoffs.Mr president will you be able to stop that ?

    April 13, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. happy easter

    YES WE CAN, we have an amazing President, he's doing everything he promised he would, he's only been in office a few short months and just look at what he has already accomplished, well the republicans are still saying NO, to everything, but then we've come to expect that.

    April 13, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. David

    The labor market has rapidly deteriorated and will likely remain weak over the next year. Job losses in March were slightly higher than expected as nonfarm payroll employment fell by 663,000. While no revision was made to February’s decrease of 651,000 jobs, January’s losses were revised substantially upward to 741,000 from 655,000. The U.S. economy has now lost over 5.1 million jobs.

    April 13, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Mel

    Good job, Mr. President. You are doing exactly what you said you'd do and better than the pundits and haters have been saying you will. Keep it up no matter how much those people would like you to ignore the facts.

    April 13, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Michael in MN

    2000 projects underway, really? Maybe so, but where is the improvement in unemployment? March unemployment numbers where just as bad as previous months. The unemployment rate continues to go up. Where is the benifit? If April shows more of the same on unemployment it will be clear that either these 2000 projects are not creating very many jobs or far more jobs are being lost in other sectors of the economy than the low income blue collar road construction jobs. The only proof that the Obama stimulus is working to create a net gain in jobs is when we see unemployment droping.

    April 13, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Dan, TX

    Question: How many republicans does it take to rebuild the country's infrastructure?

    Answer: None.

    April 13, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |

    Kudos to you President Obama for persevering in the face of so much negativity; for never giving up on the millions of Americans that believe in you and voted for you; for brushing off the dust of backstabbing republicans and democrats alike. for continuing to persevere in the face of adversity.
    The economy IS turning around. After seven months of unemployment, my husband has landed a job within his industry.

    Keep up the great work!

    April 13, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. Dan, TX

    The purpose of the stimulus is to keep the unemployment rate as low as possible, hopefully not higher than 10-12%. It is going to get worse before it gets better. The stimulus is trying to stop construction workers from being fired as much as to hire more people.

    The big story for the 2010 election is that we will have about 10% unemployment. Is that going to make people vote republican? If the Dow is at 9000, probably not.

    April 13, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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