June 8th, 2009
11:11 AM ET
13 years ago

Government unveils 10 new stimulus program projects

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama launched the next phase of his $787 billion economic stimulus program Monday with a package of projects that he said would create or save 600,000 jobs.

The 10 projects include expanding health facilities, improving airports and highways, building new military facilities, funding education jobs, hiring or keeping law enforcement officers, starting new rural waste and water systems, improving medical centers for military veterans, enhancing the cleanup of 20 federal Superfund sites, working on national parks, and creating summer youth jobs.

The "Road map to Recovery" package is part of the blueprint for the second 100 days of the economic stimulus program signed into law on February 17. In the first 100 days, the program created or saved 150,000 jobs and designated $135 billion in funding, according to a White House news release. It was not immediately clear if the funding figure included the projects announced Monday.

"We have a long way to go on our road to recovery but we are going the right way," Obama said in the news release. He called for more progress that "American people see in their own lives," adding: "Surely and steadily, we will turn this economy around."


Further details of the new package will be available starting Monday afternoon at WhiteHouse.gov/Recovery, the White House news release said. The Web site for the stimulus program is http://www.recovery.gov.

The stimulus package has drawn political criticism from Republicans who complain it is too expensive and taking too long to achieve results.

Vice President Joe Biden said the purpose of the second phase is to generate tangible progress.

"We're going to get more dollars out the door, more shovels into the ground and more money into the pockets of workers and families who need it most," he said in the news release.


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soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Pat

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA, what recovery? The government cannot create jobs or productivity. The government is force. The force to take from one and give to another. Whether this is by direct taxation or by the printing of money(taxation through inflation). Obama's idea of the role of government benefits from over-spending. He believes that the people should be dependent on government for jobs, housing, healthcare, cars, financial security, etc. The more he spends the less you have and the less you have the more you need Obama.

    June 8, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Freed_From_W

    @John in CA and Gary:

    "During happy times, pride and extravagance are dangerous. If one is not prudent in ordinary times, he will not be able to catch up. A person who advances during good times will falter during the bad."
    –Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure, from Chapter 1, page 62

    Strange, that logic from 1716 would be lost on someone who thinks that not spending money on our infrastructure will somehow improve it. -_-

    Basically, if you don't like the spending then do something to change it. If you are not in a position to change it, then ceaseless whining will get you nothing but time wasted.

    You can thank Reagan for deciding our crumbling infrastructure didn't need any updates, and W and Cheney for spending all of our money blowing up and rebuilding foreign countries respectively.

    June 8, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. MatthewDetroit

    Now the interest rates are starting to rise.
    What are you going to do now Obama. You are driving us into the ground. You Passed a huge DEFICIT spending bill and you said unemployment would not go above 8. We are at 9.4.
    You claimed you were saving jobs for Ohio State Troopers and Michigan State Troopers but 90 have been layed off in each state.
    Dont get me wrong Michigans problems are all based on the worst governor in the country "Granholm" but you are not helping.
    You spend money like a 17 year old girl with her dads credit card.
    The problem is we can not pay it back.
    Wait until you start messing with health care. I cant wait to see the long lines and how you will ruin our health care system.
    The guy is a joke.
    He could have left it alone and the system would have fixed itself.
    Now he owns the banks and the car companies.
    Good job fixing the problem or taking advantage of the situation. Which ever it may be.

    June 8, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Nice try

    STOP …. SPENDING…. MONEY!!!

    Obama has moved from "irresponsible" to OBSCENE. In 140 days Obama has more than TRIPLED the debt that took Bush 8 years to accumulate.

    STOP SPENDING MONEY!
    -------------------------------
    You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

    The National debt was 10.5 trillion when bush left office...it is now 11.4 Trillion

    The deficit left and planned for 2009 by the bush administration was 1.2 Trillion, Obama added 600 billion.

    June 8, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. George Spring, TX

    I'm glad there are Governors who are not spending Stimulus dollars because they are ones being fiscally responsible. You can't hire people with the money because this is a one time shot (hopefully). The whole stimulus idea was just part of Mr. Obama's master plan to start the country down the path to Socialism. He did this just before he Nationalized the financial institutions, the auto industry and the health care industry. Mr. Obama makes Hugo Chivas look like a centrist. The far Left are cheering Mr. Obama and are more than happy to push the Tax and Spend which is actually Spend, Borrow, Tax and Print agenda. I can't believe how quickly and quietly Americans are giving up on their future and their grandchildren's future by letting this irresponsible spending and taxing go unchallenged.

    June 8, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Robert

    OBAMA WILL FAIL.

    HOW ? HOW ?? HOW ??? THE HECK ON EARTH, is our Economy going to recover when:

    1.......... We are importing more and exporting less. We have a big trade imbalance.
    2.......... Our dependence on oil is overwhelming. We do not use oil, we waste oil.
    3.......... Our Manufacturing jobs are all gone.
    4.......... Our Iron and Steel industries are all gone.
    5.......... Our textile industry of North Carolina is all gone.
    6.......... Our Auto industry is all gone.
    7.......... We have everything made in China.
    8.......... We have outsourced to India because of cheap labor.
    9.......... We are still spending billions on 2 wars. Wars are draining our Economy.
    10.......... We import nurses from Philippines.
    11.......... Our Construction industry is full of illegal immigrants.

    OBAMA CAN DO NOTHING.
    OBAMA WILL FAIL.
    OBAMA HAS TO FIX 1. THROUGH 11. ABOVE TO REVIVE ECONOMY.

    June 8, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. David

    you've got to love the "or SAVE jobs" insert in this article. That term actually makes me laugh. Anyone that actually believes that there is an honest calculation for this is an idiot. The bottom line is that Axelrod and Obama are such amazing manipulators of spin, that they created this "saved jobs" term that allows them to say, oh yea, unemployment is out of control BUT, we're saving hundreds of thousands of jobs. It's such an empty lie. The whole "well well, it could be much worse if we weren't saving jobs".

    LIBERAL FEAR MONGERING AT ITS BEST!!!!

    June 8, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Kevin B

    I find it amazing that the same folks that brought us this economic debacle by raising taxes on the middle class while cutting taxes for the very wealthy and jumping into to wars actually think they have any credibilty with the vast majority of the american public.

    The GOP has lost the right to guide economic or foreign policy which was clearly stated at the polls by the american electorate last November .

    The GOP lost big time, so get over it and get out of the way or bring something constructive to the table.

    June 8, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. southerncousin

    If the porkulus package created or saved 150,000 jobs in the first hundred days, would it not be reponsible of CNN or the administration to say how many were lost during those first 100 days?

    June 8, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. Laverne

    Still a bush of grumbling and complaining from the party of NO IDEAS! What ever will they do with progress really start to kick in. It is amazing how many people sit around and hope Obama fails just to prove their own selfish points. Deep down inside they know Obama won't fail and that is what they can't seem to understand. They can't stop anything and they certainly can't help because they don't have a clue, but rather complain that POTUS does not have a clue. And to Gary: you don't know what the hell you are talking about and Obama won't be impeached, sorry to disappoint you again today!

    June 8, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. MatthewDetroit

    Freed,
    Funny you jump from blaming Reagan to Bush.
    You forgot a guy named Clinton that was in the middle there.
    I am sure you dont blame him.

    Fixing the infrastructure is a great idea if that is what they were doing.
    The fact is that less than 15% is going for the so called infrastructure.
    Most is pork spending and is a waste and wrong.
    He could have cut the 794 Billion down to 250 billion and still would have spent more money on Roads, Solar, and Wind, Grid, than he is now. The money is a waste.
    Keep drinking the Koolaid Freed.
    President Bush was terrible when it came to fiscal responsibility, but this clown, yes clown spends money like he won the lottery.
    Stupid rich is what he seems. He did not work for it so he spends it without any conscience.

    June 8, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. David

    Excellent Job Mr President!! Unlike the previous administration that steals billions of dollars in the dead of night, gives it to their corporate supporters with no focus on the country or the American people, this a 'Smart' Administration releases the bipartisan approved funds in a systematic manner with measurements for success, toward infrastructure and our youth, to ensure success along the way.

    What does 'Country First' actually mean if the GOP Extremist's greatest fear is the success of President Obama's recovery program for America? There is nothing more Anti-American than that.

    June 8, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. MatthewDetroit

    Kevin B.

    That is just a lie.
    No one raised taxes on the middle class while lowering the taxes for the "rich" as you say.
    First define rich. Second, the middle class has not had a tax hike yet.
    Although with Baracks new Value Added Tax, Energy Tax, Cigarette Tax, etc....
    California Dems spend money like it is going out of style. They want to raise their income tax and sales tax out there.
    Arnie is pretty much a wimp for not trying to at least stop them, but the fact is a Democratic House and Senate in Congress is raising taxes.
    Barack needs to stop spending money and stop expanding goverment. Do you understand that if he creates 5000 goverment jobs it brings NOTHING into the economy. It only means that peopel outside of goverment have to PAY those salaries.
    Why cant you understand that simple math.

    June 8, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Jon in CA

    @ Freed-from-W writes,

    "Strange, that logic from 1716 would be lost on someone who thinks that not spending money on our infrastructure will somehow improve it. -_-"

    --------–

    So let's put this in terms we can all understand.....

    You've lost your job... your spouse can't cover all the bills so you max out your credit cards.

    It's still not enough so you cash out those education accounts set aside for your children.

    It's still not enough – and you come up with this WONDERFUL IDEA: hey honey – I can borrow from $$ from John Gotti and we can put a new roof on our house!!!!

    I guess when it's a liberal President making these horrendous financial decisions – you loons just put on a happy face like good little tools?

    June 8, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. J.P.

    Honestly, you people REALLY need to learn some economics.

    Bush spent like a drunken sailor.
    Obama has spent in a manner that would embarrass even drunken sailors.

    Bush spent like crazy in eight years.
    Obama has outspent Bush three times over, in a mere 120 days.

    If Bush's spending was the problem (and believe me, it WAS the problem), then how can Obama's spending be the solution?

    June 8, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. annie s

    " And all you liberals can do it ask for more bacon!"

    The last proposed budget contained $7.7 billion in earmarks – 40% of that was requested by Republican lawmakers – and 7 of the 10 lawmakers who got the most amount of earmarks were Republicans.

    From 1946 to today, Democratic presidents pushed the deficit up by 3.2 percent per year. Meanwhile, Republican presidents increased the budget deficit by 9.7 percent per year. In other words, Republican presidents have outspent Democratic presidents by almost 3 to 1.

    June 8, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. Dan, TX

    Wow, why so much ignorance about what's going on? Most of the comments here are nonsense. Do you not understand that jobs that last for 2 years get people through the bulk of the recession until the private sector can create new jobs? People are going to be buying new cars, new houses, new washers and dryers, new televisions, etc. in a couple of years.

    June 8, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. MatthewDetroit

    Nice Try.

    Get your stats right before you speak and please get them from an accurate source like CBO Congressional Budgets Office.
    The fact is that President Bush added 5.5 Trillion to the National Debt.
    The fact is that right now Barack has added 1.8 Trillion to the National Debt in his first year. You can try to lie but the numbers are his.
    The CBO projection for 4 years is 5.8 Trillion Dollars. Those numbers are projected through 2012.
    He claims that he will cut the spending on the war in Iraq by 2019. 2019 are you kidding. (Using the same numbers of soldiers there today). We would probably still have soldiers in country but not to the same volume. It is creative math for the Obama camp at best.
    I face the fact the President Bush created a huge deficit.
    I also fact the fact the Barack Obama is spending wildly.

    June 8, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. MatthewDetroit

    Annie S,

    Nice thought but again if you look at the numbers.
    Even with Pres Bush adding 5.5 Trillion in 8 years, Bush H 1.7 Trillion in 4 years, Reagan 1.3 Trillion in 8 years, and Clinton 1.8 Trillion in 8 years,
    NO one can hold a candle to little Barack Obama adding 1.8 Trillion in 1 year and estimates of 10.5 thus doubling the existing National debt to 20 Trillion in 8 years.
    CBO.
    The drunken sailor is spending because it is not his money.

    June 8, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ Jon in CA

    Stop spending money huh? What alternative do we have oh wise one? I find it ironic that when Bush was writing blank checks I didn't here stop spending money.

    June 8, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Randolph Carter

    Now this is just anecdotal, mind you, but my neighbor who's been unemployed for about a year got a job this week delivering construction materials (which means there must be construction going on somewhere.) Another guy I know who's been out of work for 6 months just got a very high paying job with a private sector company fulfilling a government contract. The very large company I work for is hiring again. See, It's not so bad. Things will get worse before they get better, and it will take time but there is a little light at the end of the tunnel. Unemployment is always the last thing to recover after a recession. Patience, cats, patience. Have a nice day!

    June 8, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. DisgustedAmerican

    Mr. Obama is spending us into the largest debt this country has ever seen and is loving it. Trips to New York, tours the Middle East, and now living it up in France. I'm a Vet of the War in Iraq and now work for GM. I'm losing my job in three days, and this guy is taking his wife out on the town on my dime! Great! I've only been with GM a year and make less than 15.00 an hour and after this week back to unemployment!!!! Mr. Obama the next time you feel like going out on the town maybe my wife and i can come since we're paying for it anyway! Does someone need to remind him that he works for the American people?Mr. Obama i understand that 60% of this country agrees with what you do, but that leaves 40% who don't. If you truly care about the American people then listen to us all and stop spending our hard earned money!!!! I know that like a teen who has never held a jod and suddenly comes into money, you are going a little nuts, but enough is enough. I'm pleading with you Mr. Obama, the next time you want to spend my tax dollars just send me a check. I've already lost my house, i'm sure my wife and i could spend it better than you could. Mr. Obama the money you spent going to New York could have allowed me to retire and send my little girl to college. Please sir stop this spending maddness before you spend this country past the point of recovery.

    June 8, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. David

    In response to this comment:

    ATTENTION OBAMA HATERS:

    SPENDING IS NOT THE REASON WE HATED BUSH. THESE ARE "SOME" OF THE REASONS:

    1. WAR IN IRAQ – Obama just sent more troops over seas
    2. TORTURE – ummmm...does the name Pelosi ring a bell???
    3. LYING THROUGH HIS TEETH CONSISTENTLY – random claim
    4. HE WAS NOT A SMART MAN AT ALL – where did you graduate college b/c Bush graduated Yale...
    5. OIL/GAS PRICES ( BOTH BUSH & CHENEY BENEFITED FROM THE INCREASE) – have you seen gas prices lately bro? (this one made you look kind of dumb)
    6. KATRINA – The next time any natural disaster happens, I will immediatley blame Obama and then you...
    7. EXTREME ARROGANCE & NEGLECT TOWARD THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE – if you are referring to his unwillingness to steal money from unborn children and spend it on social programs for the lazy, then yes, I agree, him and big brother Obama are very different. (this is excluding veterans and military family, I agree with that spending and applaud Obama for it. Bush also did a wonderful job taking care of veterans, their benefits and their families).
    8. DID I MENTION HE WAS A MORON – I seem to feel the same way about obama, gibbs, axelrod and rahm...

    thanks for playing...buhbye

    June 8, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. Rob

    BO needs a reality check !
    We need a new election on all members of Senate and Congress.
    Send them home early for summer recess and jut tell the to stay home !

    June 8, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. MatthewDetroit

    Dan TX,
    Do you realize that as Barack eliminates private jobs and creates more goverment that there is less private investment and spending.
    He just signed off on wiping out 2000+ delearships.
    Those are all private little companies employing 10-20 people each. Some more some less.
    He is ruining them and putting them out of business.
    Cars will be more expensive with less competition.
    What Private Business is Barack Boy creating. Name 1. Name 1.
    You cant.
    He has expanded and is expanding goverment. He created more positions in governent.
    He is not cutting spending.
    Here is a great question for you???
    If you and your wife have a $50,000 CREDIT CARD bill and she just lost her job do you? A. Cut your spending. B Save money. C. Go out the the bar drinking madly and running up a bigger tab.. ANSWER A AND B. Baracks answer is C.

    June 8, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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