Summary of final stimulus package

UPDATE: The COBRA information was apparently incorrect in the earlier release, so this has been updated.

This is the final package reached by negotiators from the House and the Senate. Now both bodies have to vote one more time on the final combined package. Summary from the House and Senate majority Appropriations staff:

United States Congress

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Creating Jobs, Supporting the States and Investing in Our Country’s Future

The United States is facing its deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression, one that calls for swift, bold action. The goals of this legislation are the same as they have been from day one: to strengthen the economy now and invest in our country’s future.

This legislation will create and save jobs; help state and local governments with their budget shortfalls to prevent deep cuts in basic services such as health, education, and law enforcement; cut taxes for working families and invest in the long-term health of our economy. We do all of this with unprecedented accountability, oversight and transparency so the American people know their money is being invested responsibly.

To accomplish these goals, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides $311 billion in appropriations, including the following critical investments:

Investments in Infrastructure and Science – $120 billion
Investments in Health – $14.2 billion
Investments in Education and Training – $105.9 billion
Investments in Energy, including over $30 billion in infrastructure – $37.5 billion
Helping Americans Hit Hardest by the Economic Crisis – $24.3 billion
Law Enforcement, Oversight, Other Programs – $7.8 billion

Investments in Infrastructure and Science include:

Infrastructure Improvements
– $7.2 billion for Broadband to increase broadband access and usage in unserved and underserved areas of the Nation, which will better position the U.S. for economic growth, innovation, and job creation.
– $2.75 billion for the Department of Homeland Security to secure the homeland and promote economic activity, including $1 billion for airport baggage and checkpoint security, $430 million for construction of border points of entry, $210 million for construction of fire stations, $300 million for port, transit, and rail security, $280 million for border security technology and communication, and $240 million for the Coast Guard.
– $4.6 billion in funding for the Corps of Engineers.
– $1.2 billion for VA hospital and medical facility construction and improvements, long-term care facilities for veterans, and improvements at VA national cemeteries.
– $3.1 billion for repair, restoration and improvement of public facilities at on public and tribal lands.
– $4.2 billion for Facilities Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization to be used to invest in energy efficiency projects and to improve the repair and modernization of Department of Defense facilities to include Defense Health facilities.
– $2.33 billion for Department of Defense Facilities including quality of life and family-friendly military improvement projects such as family housing, hospitals, and child care centers.
– $2.25 billion through HOME and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program to fill financing gaps caused by the credit freeze and get stalled housing development projects moving.
– $1 billion for the Community Development Block Grant program for community and economic development projects including housing and services for those hit hard by tough economic times.
– $1 billion for the Bureau of Reclamation to provide clean, reliable drinking water to rural areas and to ensure adequate water supply to western localities impacted by drought.

Transportation
– $27.5 billion is included for highway investments
– $8.4 billion for investments in public transportation.
– $1.5 billion for competitive grants to state and local governments for transportation investments.
– $1.3 billion for investments in our air transportation system.
– $9.3 billion for investments in rail transportation, including Amtrak, High Speed and Intercity Rail.

Public Housing
– $4 billion to the public housing capital fund to enable local public housing agencies to address a $32 billion backlog in capital needs — especially those improving energy efficiency in aging buildings.
– $2 billion for full-year payments to owners receiving Section 8 project-based rental assistance.
– $2 billion for the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes.
– $1.5 billion for homeless prevention activities, which will be sent out to states, cities and local governments through the emergency shelter grant formula.
– $250 million is included for energy retrofitting and green investments in HUD-assisted housing projects.

Environmental Clean-Up/Clean Water
– $6 billion is directed towards environmental cleanup of former weapon production and energy research sites.
– $6 billion for local clean and drinking water infrastructure improvements.
– $1.2 billion for EPA’s nationwide environmental cleanup programs, including Superfund.
– $1.38 billion to support $3.8 billion in loans and grants for needed water and waste disposal facilities in rural areas.

Science
– $1 billion total for NASA.
– $3 billion total for National Science Foundation (NSF).
– $2 billion total for Science at the Department of Energy including $400 million for the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E).
– $830 million total for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).

Investments in Health include:

– $19 billion, including $2 billion in discretionary funds and $17 billion for investments and incentives through Medicare and Medicaid to ensure widespread adoption and use of interoperable health information technology (IT). This provision will grow jobs in the information technology sector, and will jumpstart efforts to increase the use of health IT in doctors’ offices, hospitals and other medical facilities. This will reduce health care costs and improve the quality of health care for all Americans.
– $1 billion for prevention and wellness programs to fight preventable diseases and conditions with evidence-based strategies.
– $10 billion to conduct biomedical research in areas such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and stem cells, and to improve NIH facilities.
– $1.1 billion to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, NIH and the HHS Office of the Secretary to evaluate the relative effectiveness of different health care services and treatment options.

Investments in Education and Training include:
– $53.6 billion for the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, including $39.5 billion to local school districts using existing funding formulas, which can be used for preventing cutbacks, preventing layoffs, school modernization, or other purposes; $5 billion to states as bonus grants for meeting key performance measures in education; and $8.8 billion to states for high priority needs such as public safety and other critical services, which may include education and for modernization, renovation and repairs of public school facilities and institutions of higher education facilities.
– $13 billion for Title 1 to help close the achievement gap and enable disadvantaged students to reach their potential.
– $12.2 billion for Special Education/IDEA to improve educational outcomes for disabled children. This level of funding will increase the Federal share of special education services to its high
est level ever.
– $15.6 billion to increase the maximum Pell Grant by $500. This aid will help 7 million students pursue postsecondary education.
– $3.95 billion for job training including State formula grants for adult, dislocated worker, and youth programs (including $1.2 billion to create up to one million summer jobs for youth).

Investments in Energy include:

– $4.5 billion for repair of federal buildings to increase energy efficiency using green technology.
– $3.4 billion for Fossil Energy research and development.
– $11 billion for smart-grid related activities, including work to modernize the electric grid.
– $6.3 billion for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Grants.
– $5 billion for the Weatherization Assistance Program.
– $2.5 billion for energy efficiency and renewable energy research.
– $2 billion in grant funding for the manufacturing of advanced batteries systems and components and vehicle batteries that are produced in the United States.
– $6 billion for new loan guarantees aimed at standard renewable projects such as wind or solar projects and for electricity transmission projects.
– $1 billion for other energy efficiency programs including alternative fuel trucks and buses, transportation charging infrastructure, and smart and energy efficient appliances.

Help for Workers and Families Hardest Hit by the Economic Crisis includes:

– $19.9 billion for additional Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly Food Stamps, to increase the benefit by 13.6 percent.
– Child Care Development Block Grant: $2 billion to provide quality child care services for an additional 300,000 children in low-income families who increasingly are unable to afford the high cost of day care.
– Head Start & Early Head Start: $2.1 billion to allow an additional 124,000 children to participate in this program, which provides development, educational, health, nutritional, social and other activities that prepare children to succeed in school.
– State and Local Law Enforcement: $4 billion total to support law enforcement efforts.
– $555 million to expand the Department of Defense Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) during the national mortgage crisis.

Unprecedented Oversight, Accountability and Transparency

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan provides unprecedented oversight, accountability, and transparency to ensure that taxpayer dollars are invested effectively, efficiently, and as quickly as possible.

– Funds are distributed whenever possible through existing formulas and programs that have proven track records and accountability measures already in place.
– Numerous provisions in the bill provide for expedited but effective obligation of funds so that dollars are invested in the economy as quickly as possible.
– The Government Accountability Office and the Inspectors General are provided additional funding for auditing and investigating recovery spending.
– A new Recovery Act Accountability and Transparency Board will coordinate and conduct oversight of recovery spending and provide early warning of problems.
– A special website will provide transparency by posting information about recovery spending, including grants, contracts, and all oversight activities.
– State and local whistleblowers who report fraud and abuse are protected.
– There are no earmarks in this bill.


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  • Achiever

    Your emotional reaction in your analysis of business only exhibits the lack of knowledge of how business actually works. Some of your points are right for the wrong reasons, but for the most part, your perceptions are rooted in the way you want things to be; rather than the way things really are. For example, there is no encouragement from high tax rates to reinvest in the company for capital investments. The only “benefit” is from depreciation. The company usually has to incur debt. Taxes divert money that would be otherwise available for investment.

    Think about the opposite point about capital gains. When losses are incurred, why do investors sell- to take advantage of tax losses; which drives down the market further. Government interference is so rife with unintended events that the analysis you really should play devil’s advocate with yourself on each of your points.

    Look, please study the Constitution. That document was written for achievers, by achievers. They never contemplated non-achievers would take over representation in Congress. We separated from England in part because of taxation without representation. Your last comment simply takes us back to those days. If you think about it, your proposal is: Let’s band together and take achievements away from those own them because we can dictate those terms. That sounds remarkably like what the crown did to instigate the creation of this country.

    The unintended consequence of your last comment reflects you lack of understanding of achievers. If you take away the reward for achievement, you also take away the incentive to create, the reward for the risk of entering business. When you inhibit or take away the possibility to become rich in this country, you take away the fire that drives our economy.

    Please do not consider these comments as a rebuke, just please give yourself the intellectual freedom to consider a different vantage point. If you spend your energy achieving, your results will give you the opportunity to voluntarily give the results of your achievements to anyone you want. Think about it.

  • bonzo8215

    Where do you think corporate profits go? Re-invest in the company (new trucks, new tires, new tools, etc.) that puts more working Americans to work. If it goes to higher taxes, it gets spent on funding stupid research projects and supporting people too lazy to work. My company isn’t buying new vehicles or tires this year so we can pay higher unemployment insurance, taxes, etc. Think about it….corporate profitability goes straight back into the economy. Even profit sharing buys more houses, TVs, etc.

  • KyleW

    That will finance a launch so we can confirm from a great distance how bad the economy is going to be in. Kind of like the last for years. (just cheaper)

  • KyleW

    If the Democrats are still in power then there will probably be a program for that, too.

  • Waltt

    Oops, jumped the gun – it’s about time we invested in education in a meaningful way. It’s the decline in national investments that has led us to a place where from 1989 to 2006, the highest-earning 10 percent of U.S. households collected over 90 percent of the nation’s income gains. Today the top 1 percent of American families receives 23 percent of all personal income, up from just 10 percent in 1979. Corporate executives earn 275 times as much as average workers, compared with 27 times in 1973 (these facts are taken from the downloadable book Thinking Big, which I highly recommend – it’s a new progressive agenda). It’s great to see so many investments in the disadvantaged in this stimulus bill, I truly hope it will bring the growth we need.

  • Waltt

    It’s so good to see: “$13 billion for Title 1 to help close the achievement gap and enable disadvantaged students to reach their potential”

  • Lori

    YEAH US!!!! It is about time!

  • CDS2

    Great post !!!

  • Jan

    These congressmen and women are so stupid! How did these people ever become representatives for our country? Are there really that many dumb people in this country? I voted Democrat, and I am independent. But, there are some crazy Democrats in Washington. Peloski is a crook ,and she needs to GO. Franks is just an idiot. Then there are the “back woods countryfied” Republicans. These guys are a recorder for the same ole’ tired worn out ideals that don’t do the people any justice. I am so tired of these talking heads! Why do I have to help dummy’s in this country pay their way out of debt? If a company or bank loses revenues, that’s their problems. These guys don’t care about my finances, should I care about theirs? If people can’t afford to pay their personal debts, than they should file bankruptcy. I don’t follow the logic of living beyond my means, and I am offended these people are asking for a bailout. This is pure insanity! We need to fire Washington for a year to stimulate the economy. Who needs these people? All 50 states have their own laws. The amount of money we the people can save would stimulate growth.

  • Indigo

    If it goes well, yes.

  • Mayme

    nicho & tootiredoftheright,
    thanks for an intelligent response!

  • ej_52

    OK, so what is going on with COBRA — what was the correction? (“The COBRA information was apparently incorrect in the earlier release, so this has been updated.”)

  • tootiredoftheright

    Thing is they aren’t paying enough when they can afford to. Used to be the rich and the corporations paid far far far more. Corporations used to pay the majority of the money the US goverment collected I think it was 40% of their profits went to the US goverment.

  • nicho

    Good for the, Wetlands are crucial to the ecology. In know you’re highlighting the mouse angle as a hook to mock the plan, but I’ll bet there’s a lot more involved. On the other hand, many species are harbingers. When they go away, it means the entire ecosystem is beginning to collapse. So, have your laugh — and I’ll applaud — as long as it creates jobs and a better environment. I know conservatives hate both workers and the environment. Too bad.

  • Can’t pull one over on you :-)

  • LOL okay that’s funny.

  • CDS

    5% of the people are paying 60% of the taxes. That’s not enough?

  • tootiredoftheright

    As I pointed out the rich aren’t being taxed enough. They can afford higher taxes while the middle class cannot. When the third richest person in the world and who btw saw this crisis coming says the rich can pay more then your link is full of crap since the rich aren’t being taxed like they should.

    Percentage is where the rich need to be taxed at and they should pay the highest percantage because they can afford it.

  • CDS

    What a bunch of crap. Did you open the link? I think not!

  • tootiredoftheright

    Of course you neglect to mention they don’t pay that at all since they get deductions etc.
    That figure is pre deduction. Warren Buffet pays less taxes then his secretary without claiming any deductions.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/money/tax/article1996735.ece

    Mr Buffett said that he was taxed at 17.7 per cent on the $46 million he made last year, without trying to avoid paying higher taxes, while his secretary, who earned $60,000, was taxed at 30 per cent.

    30% out of 60,000 is quite the sum when compared to 17.7 out of 46 million. Tell me who cannot afford to have 30% out of their yearly income taken out someone in the middle class with several children at 60,000 dollars are a multi millionare or billionare? In the middle class case college education, health care costs would wipe out most of the finances while in the millionare/billionare college or health care is a drop in the bucket.

  • tootiredoftheright

    Ahem there is no such thing in the stimulus plan. It’s a nonsense talking point. There are no earmarks in the stimulus bill. Also there are no federal wetland restoration projects in line to get funded in San Francisco so the claim is fabricated out of whole cloth.

    Oh btw wetlands restoration employs people and has other economic benefits such as filtering water, slowing run-off and improving the health of fisheries. Run-off is bad as is unfiltered wated and unhealthy fisheries.

  • CDS

    Good one !!!!

  • CDS

    We are already taxing the hell out of the very rich. The top 5% of all earners pay over 60% of all Income taxes:

    http://www.taxfoundation.org/news/show/250.html

  • Tom

    Rubbish.

    In fact, top rate over 50% have been accompanied by steady, solid growth (the whole time between 1933 and the early ’60’s) while periods when it fell below 50% led to bubbles and wild swings in the market (the ’20’s, ever since Reagan). The reason for the difference is that high top tax rates encourage business owners to plow profits back into the business; low top rates encourage them to take the profits and speculate/hoard/gamble without investing in things like research and building the business.

    And if you got rid of the capital gains tax, volatility would go through the roof? Why? Because every time the market lost 5% the investors would pull everything out. If they’re going to have to pay 15% taxes on cashing out, however, they won’t stampede over a 5% drop. Cheaper to stay in.

    And, finally, and perhaps most imporatant: you have to tax the hell out of the very rich because if you don’t, they end up owning everything. We’ve seen this is true.

  • EdNSted

    There is an assumption being made by many people that is simply not true. That assumption is that everyone who loses their job qualifies for COBRA. Not so.

    It is true that if you’re laid off – while your former company remains in business – you will likely qualify for 18 months of COBRA. But… if you’re company goes completely out of business, then COBRA DOES NOT APPLY and you must purchase a separate policy. And if you think COBRA is expensive….

    While many large companies have lay-offs, a great many other small and medium size businesses CLOSE THEIR DOORS in times like this. Their employees do not have an option for ( the very expensive) COBRA.

  • CDS

    How about this one?

    Lawmakers and administration officials divulged Wednesday that the $789 billion economic stimulus bill being finalized behind closed doors in Congress includes $30 million for wetlands restoration that the Obama administration intends to spend in the San Francisco Bay Area to protect, among other things, the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse.

    30 Million dollars ? Good grief !

  • dcredhead

    It ain’t pork if it’s your pig.

  • dcredhead

    Am I the only one that noticed the grammar errors in the press release? Sorry to be picky…

  • CDS

    I’m with you Billy. I’m retired living on my 401k that is going to be worth crap as soon as our dollar is devalued as a result of this spending plan. In 4 years, when the shit hits the fan, I will need to sell my house and move into an apartment.

  • billy

    This will be good only for a temporary amount of time into our future. It is all borrowed money!!! When do we start with cutting out the bloated military, the STOPPING the spending into a disastrous WARs, Stop giving other countries AID like Israel who steals the land from and murders innocent humans. This plan, the medicine of spending will not work. Do the math folks, we are brok-en. The Rule that allowed the gangsters to do this to the people are all still in place. Start with holding these guys to account for the loss of our livelihoods, present and future.
    I am retired and they gambled my retirement, and devalued my existing assets including my self.
    Good luck america and the world,
    Billy

  • Lolis

    I have read that only 35% of the money is for tax cuts.

  • – $3.4 billion for Fossil Energy research and development.

    I hope this goes for new refineries.

  • Goronzola

    Of course, it makes a big difference how the stimulus money is allocated but a huge part of the package is the psychological effect that comes from knowing the new government is actually doing something to jack up the economy. The economy will turn around, as it always has, when people decide that they are comfortable with their personal situation and begin to address their pent up demand for cars, trucks and the other junk that makes us happy. All the negative rhetoric from the far right is intended to gut a recovery from the recession that they believe is good for the moneyed elites that benefit from it.

  • CDS

    There has never been a tax cut that was not followed by an increasingly better economy. Google it. Look back to Reagan, Clinton and Bush 2. All three cuts were done to bring the country out of a recession, and all three succeded.

  • maudgonne

    Nevertheless, this is going to GUT education across the country, leading to hundreds of thousands of teacher layoffs, beyond-belief increases in class size, more “failing” schools than you want to hear about, and the freeing up of LOTS of articulate protestors….

  • nicho

    The sad thing is that most of the things in this “stimulus” bill are things we should have been doing all along — and more — instead of pouring billions of dollars down a rat hole in Iraq.

    Everyone is running around and shouting like the things in this bill are extraordinary. They are things we should have been doing — and didn’t to please the fascists who are trying to drag the US down to Third-World status.

  • Justin

    The sad thing is this stimulus bill isnt gonna do the trick. I really, really feel sad for the congressional democrats and Obama because they are ultimately going to pay the price at the ballot box in 2010 and 2012. There is not enough wise spending and to much in the way of tax cuts in this bill. I would think people would know even with Bush’s tax cuts still on the books and the rebates from last year that our economy is still in the crapper… shouldnt that be proof enough right there that tax cuts alone do not stimulate a struggling economy? This bill should have been loaded with money for public works type projects, money that would create real good paying jobs. I know that ultimately they had to compromise the hell out of the bill because of no Republican support and we can remind the American electorate of that in 2010 and 2012 but there should have been more spending and less tax cuts.

  • .
    Here’s how the people who voted against the stimulus live. Well, not them, obviously; their constituents.
    .

  • ezpz

    So have they increased funding for COBRA?

    The Senate had made significant cuts.
    As of two days ago, here are the differences between the House and Senate versions:

    http://www.propublica.org/special/the-stimulus-bills-house-vs.-senate

  • sukabi1

    Gregg has withdrawn his name from Commerce Secretary consideration… irreconcilable differences or something… I don’t think he was up for implementing policies he’s ideologically opposed to… not much of a team player, is he?

    Obama needs to take this opportunity to give a hearty Fuck You to the Republicans and put some progressive in Commerce that will do what needs to be done…

  • we could ship some evangelicals and mormons over there… that’d equalize things in no time.

  • KarenMrsLloydRichards

    I’m not seeing the $14 million for Nadya Suleyman’s kids.

  • Mia

    If they struck this out, it’s time to go after our representatives (including Dems) and get some people thrown out of office.

  • DAB

    Never mind– I see it’s a press release from Congress. Missed that part.

  • DAB

    source?

  • Lyrics time… everyone, sing along!

    I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay
    Ain’t it sad
    And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me
    That’s too bad
    In my dreams I have a plan
    If I got me a wealthy man
    I wouldn’t have to work at all, I’d fool around and have a ball

    Money, money, money
    Must be funny
    In the rich man’s world
    Money, money, money
    Always sunny
    In the rich man’s world
    Aha-ahaaa
    All the things I could do
    If I had a little money
    It’s a rich man’s world

  • sukabi1

    that’s what it looks like to me… lots more folks without health insurance… oh, but they threw those folks a crumb … in the form of SNAP (formerly the dreaded, much maligned Food Stamp program)

  • Callie

    Whom do they think they ae kidding?
    Brace yourselves this is going to get worse….SOON!

  • houstonray

    I love the $1 billion for NASA…what is that, like ONE Shuttle launch?

  • Mia

    So is there no COBRA help at all anymore? I’m confused by the “update”.

    I hope that was not cancelled. COBRA for a family eats up the ENTIRE unemployment allocation for the month.

  • houstonray

    OK, just read his statement, appears he “doesn’t agree with President Obama on several key issues”.

    When will Obama learn that reaching across the aisle just ain’t gonna work this go ’round with these freakin’ Republicans????

  • timr

    Thats exactly what I was wondering. Is the rest of it really all tax cuts?

  • houstonray

    Just saw breaking news on MSNBC that Judd Gregg has dropped out of his bid to become Commerce Secretary!

    What’s up with that???

  • TheOriginalLiz

    That’s what I don’t understand. The dems will not stand up to the GOP, no matter how justified. It’s creepy – are they that terrified, or do they secretly not want to upset the gravy train?

  • wearing out my F key

    “- There are no earmarks in this bill.”

    that’s true… depending on what your definition of “in” is.

  • KarenMrsLloydRichards

    Everybody better learn what “dirigisme” is.

    We’re becoming French, but without the great food, wine, health care, and sex.

  • SCLiberal

    LOL

  • KarenMrsLloydRichards

    Up at Talking Points Memo:

    the K Street lobbyists have begun to belly up to the stimulus trough. The hawgs want a HUGE piece of the action!

    And they will get it.

  • um

    i feel like the D’s are still letting the GOP call the shots and we are ending up with a crappy useless package. I think they are spending too much on highways and not on making revolutionary changes to green the economy or fix healthcare etc. They missed a huge opportunity with this bill, I just hope it does something that TARP failed to do.

  • greenbird

    john, this is totally off-topic, but i hope you will take your orchid-loving eyes to this link.
    i’m promising you will just drop your jaw in the splendor of this fellow’s camera-work.
    when i saw this particular shot, i thought of you. go look. i think you’ll see why…
    http://flickr.com/photos/lordv/3268930478/

  • truebluecoondog

    Mr. Obama,

    Your package is quite large and very impressive. However, I still don’t feel stimulated.

  • Indigo

    Tax cuts for the our (financial) Lords & Masters?

  • Indigo

    No red flags fluttered in my mind as I read over all that. Everything looks appropriate. Yes, it’s a lot of money. It’s also a lot of projects packaged into one large project.

    It makes sense, it also sidelines itsy-bitsy squabbles over health care issues and NASA waste and science and clean drinking water and lots of other things the Obstructionist Party likes to pretend aren’t really out there or at least resolve themselves without financial support or disappear through benign neglect.

    This time, there’s no room for ignoring vital concerns. This time it’s all together in a presentable package. I hope it’s also a do-able package.

  • Older_Wiser

    Let’s see–$311 billion for those projects, so where is the $468B left going? Inquiring minds and all that jazz…

  • Goronzola

    Now is a great time to inform your congressperson that you intend to support Move-on and any other activist organization that will inform their constituents how they voted on the stimulus. I told my congressman, Thaddeus “The Cadaver” McCotter that his district will know for sure how he voted.

  • Bob

    This is a hell of a lot of money!! I don’t know folks, but with so much to do in this country, this looks damn good to me – seems like we should be able to get a lot of things moving….

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