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"American Recovery and Stimulous Act" and where our money is going here you have it.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Provisions of the final bill

The final $787 billion version signed by President Obama on February 17, 2009 specifies that 34% of the package is to be devoted to tax cuts equalling $286 billion, and a further $120 billion will be used to fund infrastructure projects. 64% of the package will be allocated for money for social programs and spending. The following details some of the spending:

Department of Defense facilities

Total: $7.03 billion[32]

• $4.2 billion to repair and modernize Department of Defense facilities

• $1.3 billion for medical care for service members and their families

• $890 million to improve housing for service members

• $240 million for new child development centers

• $150 million for the construction of state extended-care facilities

• $150 million for an increase of claims processing staff

• $100 million to improve facilities of the National Guard

Education

Total: $92 billion[32]

• $15.6 billion to increase Pell Grants by $500 to $5,350

• $13 billion for low-income public schoolchildren

• $12.2 billion for IDEA special education

• $2.1 billion for Head Start

• $2 billion for childcare services

• $650 million for educational technology

• $300 million for increased teacher salaries

• $250 million for states to analyze student performance

• $200 million to support working college students

• $70 million for the education of homeless children

• $45 billion minimum for education under the State Equalization Fund [33]

Energy

Total: $40.75 billion[32]

• $11 billion funding for an electric smart grid

• $6.3 billion for state and local governments to make investments in energy efficiency

• $6 billion for renewable energy power generation loans

• $5 billion for weatherizing modest-income homes

• $4.5 billion for state and local governments to increase energy efficiency in federal buildings

• $3.4 billion for carbon capture experiments

• $2.5 billion for energy efficiency research

• $2 billion for car battery (traction) research

• $500 million for training of green-collar workers

• $400 million for electric vehicle technologies

• $300 million to buy energy efficient appliances

• $300 million for reducing diesel fuel emissions

• $300 million for state and local governments to purchase energy efficient vehicles

• $250 million to increase energy efficiency in low-income housing

Environmental cleanup

Total: $6.9 billion[32]

• $6 billion for the cleanup of radioactive waste

• $600 million to cleanup hazardous waste that threaten health and the environment

• $200 million to cleanup petroleum leaks from underground storage tanks

• $100 million to evaluate and cleanup brownfield land

Government technology improvements

Total: $864 million[32]

• $500 million to update the computer center at the Social Security Administration

• $290 million to upgrade IT platforms at the State Department

• $50 million for IT improvements at the Farm Service Agency

• $24 million to improve security systems at the Department of Agriculture headquarters

Healthcare

Total: $24.1 billion[32]

• $19 billion for health information technology

• $2 billion for Community Health Centers

• $1.1 billion to research the effectiveness of certain healthcare treatments

• $1 billion to fight preventable chronic diseases

• $500 million to train healthcare personnel

• $500 million for healthcare services on indian reservations

Housing

Total: $12.69 billion[32]

• $4 billion for repairing and modernizing public housing

• $2.25 billion in tax credits for financing low-income housing construction

• $2 billion for Section 8 housing rental assistance

• $2 billion to help communities purchase and repair foreclosed housing

• $1.5 billion for rental assistance and housing relocation

• $510 million for the rehabilitation of Native American housing

• $200 million for helping rural Americans buy homes

• $130 million for rural community facilities

• $100 million to help remove lead paint from public housing

Hunger assistance

Total: $20.25 billion[32]

• $19.9 billion for the Food Stamp Program

• $150 million to help refill food banks

• $100 million for meals programs for seniors, such as Meals on Wheels

• $100 million for free school lunch programs

Job assistance

Total: $4.97 billion[32]

• $3.95 billion for job training

• $500 million for vocational training for the disabled

• $400 million for employment services

• $120 million for subsidized community service jobs for older Americans

Other infrastructure projects

Total: $17.355 billion[32]

• $4.6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers for environmental restoration, flood protection, hydropower, and navigation infrastructure projects

• $4 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (wastewater treatment infrastructure improvements)

• $2 billion for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (drinking water infrastructure improvements)

• $1.38 billion for rural drinking water and waste disposal projects

• $1 billion to the Bureau of Reclamation for drinking water projects for rural or drought-likely areas

• $750 million to the National Park Service

• $650 million to the Forest Service

• $515 million for wildfire prevention projects

• $500 million for Bureau of Indian Affairs infrastructure projects

• $340 million to the Natural Resources Conservation Service for watershed infrastructure projects

• $320 million to the Bureau of Land Management

• $280 million for National Wildlife Refuges

• $280 million for the National Fish Hatchery System

• $250 million to improve Job Corps training facilities

• $220 million to the International Boundary and Water Commission to repair flood control systems along the Rio Grande

• $220 million for other public lands management agencies

• $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts to support artists

Other job programs

Total: $5.51 billion[32]

• $4 billion for state and local law enforcement agencies

• $1 billion in preparation for the 2010 census

• $210 million to build and upgrade fire stations

• $150 million for the security of transit systems

• $150 million for the security of ports

Other worker assistance programs

Total: $7.27 billion[32]

• $4.2 billion to provide an additional Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance payment in 2009

• $1 billion to community action agencies

• $1 billion for community and economic development projects

• $500 million to help the Social Security Administration process disability and retirement claims

• $200 million for AmeriCorps programs

• $140 million for independent living communities

• $100 million for food, shelter and support services

• $80 million to the Department of Labor Worker Protection and Oversight agency to enforce worker protection laws

• $50 million in grants for community "safety net" organizations

Scientific research

Total: $17.55 billion[32]

• $8.7 billion to the National Institutes of Health

• $3 billion to the National Science Foundation

• $2 billion to the United States Department of Energy

• $1.3 billion for university research facilities

• $1 billion to NASA

• $600 million to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

• $580 million to the National Institute of Standards and Technology

• $230 million for NOAA operations, research and facilities

• $140 million to the United States Geological Survey

Telecommunications and Digital TV

Total: $7.85 billion[32]

• $7.2 billion for complete broadband and wireless Internet access

• $650 million for DTV conversion coupons and DTV education

Transportation projects

Total: $48.76 billion[32]

• $27.5 billion for highway and bridge construction projects

• $8 billion for high-speed rail projects

• $6.9 billion for new equipment for public transportation projects

• $1.5 billion for competitive grants to state and local governments for transportation investments

• $1.3 billion for Amtrak

• $1.1 billion for improving airport security

• $750 million for the construction of new public rail transportation systems

• $750 million for the maintenance of existing public transportation systems

• $720 million for improving security at the border and ports of entry

• $240 million for the maintenance of United States Coast Guard facilities

Veterans Affairs facilities

Total: $1.05 billion[32]

• $1 billion for the Veterans Health Administration

• $50 million for the National Cemetery Administration

I guess the only thing I'll get for being a responsible U.S. citizen is a feeling of moral integrity.

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With the exception of a few of these, all of this will do nothing but increase the size of GOVERNMENT, not private business or the free-market economy.

I call this the great American socialist act of 2009. Not one Dime of this is real money—it’s all a loan against our children’s future earnings.

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I totally fail to see where these listed below will truly help stimulate the economy? Just more govt spending, this should have %100 focused on infrastructure and other things that would have a direct effect on the economy right now.

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Education

Total: $92 billion[32]

• $15.6 billion to increase Pell Grants by $500 to $5,350

• $13 billion for low-income public schoolchildren

• $12.2 billion for IDEA special education

• $2.1 billion for Head Start

• $2 billion for childcare services

• $650 million for educational technology

• $300 million for increased teacher salaries

• $250 million for states to analyze student performance

• $200 million to support working college students

• $70 million for the education of homeless children

• $45 billion minimum for education under the State Equalization Fund [33]

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Total: $12.69 billion[32]

• $4 billion for repairing and modernizing public housing

• $2.25 billion in tax credits for financing low-income housing construction

• $2 billion for Section 8 housing rental assistance

• $2 billion to help communities purchase and repair foreclosed housing

• $1.5 billion for rental assistance and housing relocation

• $510 million for the rehabilitation of Native American housing

• $200 million for helping rural Americans buy homes

• $130 million for rural community facilities

• $100 million to help remove lead paint from public housing

Hunger assistance

Total: $20.25 billion[32]

• $19.9 billion for the Food Stamp Program

• $150 million to help refill food banks

• $100 million for meals programs for seniors, such as Meals on Wheels

• $100 million for free school lunch programs

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Job assistance

Total: $4.97 billion[32]

• $3.95 billion for job training

• $500 million for vocational training for the disabled

• $400 million for employment services

• $120 million for subsidized community service jobs for older Americans

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Total: $7.85 billion[32]

• $7.2 billion for complete broadband and wireless Internet access

• $650 million for DTV conversion coupons and DTV education

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Veterans Affairs facilities

Total: $1.05 billion[32]

• $1 billion for the Veterans Health Administration

• $50 million for the National Cemetery Administration

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Total: $17.55 billion[32]

• $8.7 billion to the National Institutes of Health

• $3 billion to the National Science Foundation

• $2 billion to the United States Department of Energy

• $1.3 billion for university research facilities

• $1 billion to NASA

• $600 million to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

• $580 million to the National Institute of Standards and Technology

• $230 million for NOAA operations, research and facilities

• $140 million to the United States Geological Survey

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How come we are allowing this to happen?

Because Obama, Pelosi and the rest of the big spenders are not concerned with what we allow. Its all about there agendas and pet projects.

What a great start to this administration huh?

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How come we are allowing this to happen?

That is a very good question!!! At this point I think if it was put up for a public vote(I wish it was up for a public vote)it would be squashed.

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Up North,

The public already voted (with huge aid from the media), they picked em and now they must suffer their actions for 4 years. I did not support them nor do I support this bill but that is my right to do so.

You asked for it, you got it!

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Up North,

The public already voted (with huge aid from the media), they picked em and now they must suffer their actions for 4 years. I did not support them nor do I support this bill but that is my right to do so.

You asked for it, you got it!

Touche'. I agree, this was the "Change" that was voted in cry

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What really kills me is how much money they've thrown at the problems with no real results--but yet they continue to do so. And borrow every penny of it

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Originally Posted By: Windy City
Up North,

The public already voted (with huge aid from the media), they picked em and now they must suffer their actions for 4 years. I did not support them nor do I support this bill but that is my right to do so.

You asked for it, you got it!

Touche'. I agree, this was the "Change" that was voted in cry

Agreed, and if this keeps up like this, in four years I would be appauled to see any of them voted back!! sickmad

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The definition of "insanity" is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.

I smell a Revolution brewing...

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they should have put a couple billion in for studying why people go "postal".

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Since you all are so smart, what should be done to stop this free fall?? Nobody has a good answer. Oh, stop spending my money is not a valid answer. Please give some details

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I am not so sure I would term this a free fall. We have had some pretty stiff recessions in the past that we didn't need have a stimulus package to recover from.

And because of some poor lending policies, practices and greed on all levels the housing market rose way to fast for the rest of the markets and needs to correct itself.

My solution would be to let those that made bad business decisions pay the price. As we bail them out now there is no incentive to change to better business practices keep doing business the same old way. If I was to advocate a stimulus package it would at the very most only go to where it will have an immediate direct impact on the economy. Just giving the money away like it is in portions of this package is a complete waste of $$

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Since you all are so smart, what should be done to stop this free fall?? Nobody has a good answer. Oh, stop spending my money is not a valid answer. Please give some details

Take the advice of Peter Schiff. He has written many books you can buy or check out at your local library.

"Peter Schiff has said on numerous occasions that the current economic crisis is not the problem; it is the solution. According to him, the transition from borrowing and spending to saving and producing cannot be accomplished without a severe recession, given the current imbalances of the US economy. But according to him, that transition needs to happen. He also thinks the government is doing no one a favor by trying to "ease the pain" with stimulus packages, bailouts and such. Schiff believes these actions will only make the situation worse and possibly result in hyperinflation if the government continues to "replace legitimate savings with a printing press."

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Since you all are so smart, what should be done to stop this free fall??

How about cutting everyones Federal payroll taxes by 15%. Then, we will go out and spend that additional 15% on whatever we want and stimulate the economy at the same time?

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I think many have said it on here many times. You have to let it fall and correct itself. It will be tough, but continually throughing money at folks that can't manage to begin with means we borrowed money and just went deeper into debt for nothing.

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What's worse is we are rewarding the idiots and in some cases the crooks for being irresponsible. Had I known that the government would bail me out when my business collapsed, I would have stared a business long ago.

Bob

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Bill thank you for the response, that is the stuff I like to read. I agree some what of what you are saying, but I lost my job a few weeks ago. May not work for a year. I have worked forty plus hours a week since I was 18. First time being unemployed. I was with my last company for 9 years. What happens to me if I don't get a job? (Hope I do, got enough $ to go about a year.) Am I one of those irresponsible ones? It is really easy for someone to sit back while they are working/retired. It is a much different feeling on the other side. Something has to be done to get people working again. Hey, if you cut my taxes, oh wait not paying any because I'm not working. If I was and you cut my taxes I would be acorning it away somewhere, definitely not spending it. Tax cut are not the answer. Shane, you are much closer to root of it.

Hey, we just spent how much money in Iraq and few of you folks were up in arms, now we are spending it here, on our own soil, and everyone is all bent out of shape. I don't get it.

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If I was and you cut my taxes I would be acorning it away somewhere, definitely not spending it. Tax cut are not the answer.

Tax Cuts

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Since supporters of such tax cuts often invoke historical precedent, such as the fiscal policies of past presidents, it is worth looking at previous attempts to mitigate recessions through tax policy. A close comparison of other attempts to fight recessions with tax cuts-one enacted by President Gerald Ford in 1975 and the other by President Ronald Reagan in 1981-shows that approaches that promote increased consumption by middle- and lower-income families have provided the biggest boosts to flagging economies.

Present-day Republicans, however, are promoting a tax cut that disproportionately benefits those with high incomes, the rationale being that this will stimulate the economy by increasing saving and investment. Critics of these cuts prefer smaller overall tax cuts with greater focus on relief for lower-income individuals; it is these lower- and middle-income families, critics argue, that are most likely to spend any extra disposable income and hence stimulate the economy. A look at recent history supports such claims.

Two major recent recessions-1974-75 and 1981-82-were accompanied by Republican-led tax cuts markedly different from one another both in terms of who benefited and in their long- vs. short-run focus. President Ford's tax cut in 1975 was targeted at low- and moderate-income families and helped to stimulate private consumption, putting the economy back on its feet. By comparison, President Reagan's tax cut in 1981 disproportionately benefited those at the top of the income scale and ultimately did nothing for the slumping economy until 1983

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Kidd, those tax cuts I could agree with, wink but we all know those are a pipe dream. The wealthy get the tax reduction and pass it down to us: trickle down economics didn't work in the '80, don't think it will work now.

I thought I read/heard somewhere that under this plan we will all see a reduction in income tax, small but a reduction none the less.

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Maybe a reduction in income tax, but I would ask you, what good is $15 a paycheck going to do for you or anyone? These are all bandaids on a gunshot wound.

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Shane, I do honestly think if taxes get cut the way you folks talk about, some of the first programs would be ones that allowed you to adopt those wonderful children. Along with that would be the welfare of the sick, elderly, handicapped etc, etc. Who is going to suffer from these things, not the politians, they are going to take the money from the ones that really need it first, then the things that affect them last. Problem even if you get a few that really care in power, they are quickly run over by the rest.

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Am I one of those irresponsible ones?

Sounds to my like you might be one of the victims of those that were. Someone that is now in trouble because they have been laid off due to the credit crisis, is a victim not a contributor. These are the ones we should be helping, not those that got us into this mess in the first place.

Bob

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