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.

Filed under: President Obama • Stimulus
soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Obama Victim

    just when you think you have seen it all....................have a nice day Comrades

    June 8, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Bill

    I completely support the President, but I believe it is true that the average Joe is going to have to see the stimulus package in action before he starts spending money again. Joe needs to hear about people being hired instead of terminated. Joe needs to see jobs come home to the US rather than jobs shipped overseas.

    One example that would be very visible would be bringing the call centers home from India.

    June 8, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Wendy in So. Cal

    Republican leadership (6 years of complete control) took us from a budget surplus to a trillions of dollars in debt and the American people overwhelmingly said they had had enough when they voted for President Obama. After only 4 months in office the Republicans suddenly think they can shift responsibility for this economic mess to President Obama, the Republicans had 8 years to create this mess so I think the new administration should be given a reasonable amount of time to piece Humpty Dumpty back together again. At the end of eight years if we aren't in a better place (which I am confident we will be), then you can complain, in the meantime please sit down, shut up and stop acting like a bunch of children who just got caught drawing on the wall and trying to blame it on someone else.

    June 8, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. MatthewDetroit

    Barack tries to play the Abraham Lincoln card so I thought I would include one of Linclons most famous quotes. I dont think you would EVER catch Barack saying this...

    You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
    You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
    You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

    .....Abraham Lincoln

    June 8, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. neelie818

    Yes, stop spending...Did it help Crysler – pouring all that money to them? NOT! No mention of those of us whose spouse is over 65 on Social Security. While trying to supplement his SS income, no jobs...not even part time. Repairing and building highways not the ideal job for the over 65 crowd. Where are those jobs coming from....not.

    June 8, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Matt




    June 8, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. MatthewDetroit


    Great Point. Very Objective.

    June 8, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Shari, NY

    Our neighbour (New Jersey) is using stimulus money to begin constructing a rail tunnel which will ease congestion and stop "encroachment" on Amtrak's space. This undertaking will last for approximately eight years. I see jobs on the horizon and am keeping my fingers crossed.

    June 8, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. Hammer

    Create or save 600,000 jobs. Obama has already saved over 10,000,000 jobs,by the media count, and he has stopped foreclosures of mortgaged homes, job losses are turning around, predicted 650,000 losses last week and had only 530,000 people lose their jobs for a net gain of 120,000 jobs.
    The bailout of the auto makers GM and Chrysler secured the union workers jobs and pensions, although the millions of widows and oprhans that had their lifesavings and retirement plans invested in these companies lost everything, is considered by Obama and the media as a roaring success.
    The bailout of the banks ,AIG ect, have also been a glowing success. The banks were given billions of dollars, no one knows exactly much or won't say. The banks in turn have loaned these billions at exorbinant interest ratesand, with a few small accounting changes, are starting to show a profit.
    For the taxpayer Obama says he knows that they are in pain and he feels tha pain for them, especially while he and his family tour Paris and dine in THE CITY OF LIGHTS , a burger stand I am sure.
    Just a few more moves and we can expect to see the tax increases, to pay for all of this good out First Black President is doing, something else he promised he would not do.

    June 8, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. MatthewDetroit

    You are wrong about social security.

    Social Security is a fine program for those who have paid in.
    The problem is not social security.
    The problem is our US Congress taking money out of social security to be spent on anyone and anything else that it was not designed for.
    Social Security was for those who put in the WAGE EARNER and secondarily their spouse.
    Not for those who never worked. Not for those who did not pay in. Not for the disenfanchised. Not for the lazy. Not for the sick. PERIOD.
    There is a similar problem with MEDICARE. Medicare is fine for the elderly but the problem is all the unwed mothers on medicaid. Bums on medicaid. young and working age alike.
    They chose their future, we should not be paying for it.

    June 8, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. Says Cession

    Money...it grows on trees according to Democrats...yup, hard working, tax paying, Republican trees!

    June 8, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Dale

    Worst president ever? You need to learn to moderate your criticism of Obama so that someone might take it seriously. It would be quite an accomplishment to be "Worst president ever" at 1/8 of the way through his first term.

    Let me help you out here... Obama has spent a lot, so there is some valid criticism there. But of course so did all the Republican presidents, especially Reagan. So it is a weak argument, but if you don't mention the Republican side you might fool someone. I suggest you stick to this point. It is the most valid criticism of Obama I can think of. Ranting about "worst president ever", birth certificates, closet Muslim, etc just makes you sound like the Flat Earth Society chapter president.

    June 8, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Georgia

    What a bunch of MORONS! Why don't we just DO NOTHING like the Republicans want to do! The party of NO. They haven't figured it out that with the Republicans running things since 1994 – this is what we get! Do you actually think that if we cut the taxes of the rich that it will benefit the middle class? RIGHT!!! That has been happening since Reagan – and look at what has happened to the middle class. Keep up the good work!

    June 8, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. confused

    If you do some research you will find out the reason why Social Security is not working are because of Republican presidential policies that ruined Social Security.

    I've only been living long enough to know the facts...

    George Bush ruined Texas and did the same to America.

    June 8, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. KJ

    Perhaps the folks in Washington who are supposed to represent us, yes, us who elect them to office will read the below quote and understand its true meaning. I will not leave the name of the author because I want to see if anyone knows who "he" is.

    "You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

    June 8, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Alan

    What happened to the 3 or 4 MILLION jobs that the stimulus was supposed to create. Now they are saying that it will be 600k and that hasn't even happened yet. What's been going on for the last 5 months – a job loss of about 2.5 MILLION.

    Come on folks its plain to see that we have elected a dud that has borrowed a TRILLION dollars to promote his social agenda. He could care less about stimulating the economy because he feels that America is bad and that we deserve what we are getting.

    Come to your senses people!!!

    June 8, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Marcus, Great Lakes IL

    Well, Matthew from Detroit,

    Since those who are poor get government insurance and those who although, not poor but not "rich" enough to own a home can use the "charity" angle at the hospitals for health care and those over 65 are getting medicare, medicaid, it is my belief and I am out on a limb here, that the Universal Health Care is for those who are stuck in the middle. You might not know of anyone who works, own's a home but they cannot afford health insurance but I sure do. I am lucky, I have the socialist military system that takes care of me if I need it.

    June 8, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Andy

    @@@ MatthewDetroit June 8th, 2009 12:14 pm ET
    You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

    When People become Rich by ROBBING AND DEFRAUDING the Poor, It is Government’s duty to help the Victims of Crime.

    1. Lenders Mislead Subprime Borrowers into the Mortgage Industry Crisis Today.
    2. Corporate America violates makes money by underpaying the Poor.
    3. Wall Street Executives take Private Jet Plane rides, Bonuses and Vacations in Hawaii out of the Tax payer’s dollars they received from Bail out Money.

    MatthewDetroit – YOU Are Wrong……..

    All Rich should be put in Jail, who Defraud the Poor to Become Rich.

    June 8, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. joe smith

    great to see more grease applied to where it does some good; but, what about the famous report from Freddie Mac, as to their status, you know the one that was supposedly to made public by the end of May, ( that's 2009 ), seems theres been a silent hush over the audience, maybe Mr. Geitner would like to keep the American people up to date on this one, and don't forget to expose those bonuses when you do your reporting..

    June 8, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. skyhawkdriver

    I can see that the liberal spin doctors are out in full force today..first of all the president does NOT spend or appropriate one cent..that is the congress..okay?..your hero obumbler might read off his teleprompter and make you so excited that you squirm in your jeans..but it isn't up to him..the problem now is that congress has for many years been spending like a drunken sailor..and I know because I was a drunken sailor..but I digress..we are in debt up to our eyeball to the chinese..ever cent of obumblers 757 billion so called "stimulus" bill is borrowed money..I guess that is why he sold hummer to the chicoms..no..I'm not talking about a lewinski..I mean the automobile..if all of bert and ernies so called bailouts and stimulus program money is spent do you know what the interest paymens will be annually??..$800 billion..just the interest..we have NO money people..this isn't monopoly..this is our childrens and grandchildrens future..

    June 8, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. Frank

    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.

    Maybe its me, but each one of these projects have money flowing in one direction..out the door with a very small percentage coming back via taxes.

    You don't make, let alone save, money by handing out 10 dollar bills in exchange for less than half.

    Just seems like a shell game to me.


    June 8, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. JJ

    WAKE UP people....

    They tried this same approach in California and you can see where that got them...

    Obama is taking the COUNTRY down that SAME ROAD and the results WILL be the same...

    June 8, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. MatthewDetroit

    You can try to categorize as extremists but you are lying to yourself.
    48% surveyed state that the white house economic plan is working.
    49% surveyed state that the white house economic plan is not working.
    This was released by MSNBC today.

    There is a loud and vocal left I will give you that.
    But everyone does not by into the hype of being a simple mindless follower. People have questions for a president even one that is not presidential.

    If the numbers make since I hope it works. The problem is that I dont believe the numbers work. I dont believe in increased goverment spending. I dont believe in taking care of people. I believe you must teach people to take care of themselves. I believe in competition in education. I believe in the voucher programs. I dont believe in auto unions where low achievers are paid the same as high achievers. I also dont believe in protecting people from themselves.
    I believe we should be free and have our liberties.

    I also believe there is a moral flaw in anyone that believes in gun control of any kind. I am responsible for me.
    There are plenty of laws on the books. We just need judges that will enforce those laws and put criminals in jail.

    June 8, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Tony

    Here's a great way to end the recession: keep government's opportunistic hands out of it! Just like all the other recessions we've had which vary in degree, the free market always corrects itself. Government intervention only prolongs recessions. Look no further than 1929-1939 for reference.

    June 8, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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