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Summary Text Of Final Stimulus Appropriations Package.

Interesting, to say the least. It’s not the entire stimulus package, but the side from the House and Senate majority Appropriations staff:

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 highest 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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  1. Matt SF says:

    Whew… scary list. I caught myself scrolling through until I realized I passed about 100 Billion. Decided to go back and read it all.

  2. Miranda says:

    Thank you for sharing this! It’s a real eye opener, and it has been kind of hard to keep track of what has been added and subtracted from this bill.

  3. JKing says:

    Dear Democrats, thank you for caring for Americans, and out-vote those hate-ridden republicans. We will mobilize to vote these characters out of our offices. The next round, except for those that came in to support this bill, our aim should be to fire every republican official out. While Americans are starving and their livelihoods are disappearing by the day, these clowns are being paid with our tax money and simply playing bribery, favoritism for their high rollers buddies and hate-politics all day. We American are people of strength, pride and good moral standing who believe in decency and care for all; we are not Nazis and hate-filled, twisted losers and this, we will never be. We believe in God, fairness and opportunity to all.

    We voted for Obama to get rid of these evil nuisances from our Government. And now we see, we still have some cancerous elements remaining. We shall vote all these bad elements out. We are also taking good notice of those democrats dressed in wolves’ cloths, who are clearly on those egoistic shit-heads’ side. Dear republican clowns, there is time for everyone and you’ll get yours soon. You cannot simply keep making mockery of the citizens that pay your salaries. Keep your hateful and fear-ridden policies to yourself and better start packing to leave. This world will be for all people, not just for the thieves, the selfish rich and for the so-called privileged; it’s for all people get it ““ all people. We will work hard to make sure America stays, as the best country in the world there is through our hard work, sweat, unity and care for all, not hate and playing the boogie fat man. We promise you one thing, we will vote you out.

  4. rocketc says:

    JKing, I am glad to see that you are not hate-filled like those rascally republicans.

    Who are you going to turn to when the government goes bankrupt and can no longer dole out $800 billion+ bailout/stimulus bills?

  5. david says:

    I guess he will turn to the same people that handed out $700B to banks, only to see it wasted on trips, bonuses, conventions, and office remodels.

  6. rocketc says:

    I certainly was not a fan of that bailout either . . . although the case could be made that a lot of people in the transportation, tourist and construction industries were helped if the money was spent on such things.

    Why don’t the same basic rules of personal finance apply to government finance – as far as “don’t spend more than you make” etc.?

  7. rocketc says:

    So, are you saying that since our government made a $700 billion mistake last fall, they need to spend another $800 billion this spring?

  8. david says:

    Not at all. I just dont like the holier than thou stuff from the right about THIS bailout, when they had no prob handing the banks the same amount, that’s all.

  9. david says:

    “Why don’t the same basic rules of personal finance apply to government finance – as far as “don’t spend more than you make” etc.?”

    I wish they could, but they didn’t for the last 8 years and they won’t for at least the next 4 till we see if this thing works at all. B

  10. rocketc says:

    You weren’t listening very well . . . there were all kinds of people on the right who blasted Bush for going along with the $700 bailout. You should listen to more right-wing radio or read Ann Coulter once in a while. :) Here is just one example: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,427904,00.html

    It was a huge factor why the GOP got skunked in the last election. McCain certainly is not a conservative and Bush’s conservative credentials were wobbly at best.

    I fully admit that there were a lot of mistakes made during the last eight years, but the answer is not to cede more control of our lives to the government, any government – Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or Socialist. Our government was set up to simply provide for defense and “common welfare”. If we give government any more power than that, it will become corrupt almost overnight.

  11. david says:

    Well, that would never, ever happen. You could not pay me to listen to those guys/girls you mention. The wackos on the left are just as bad, don’t get me wrong, so I don’t listen to them either.

    There were people against that on both sides, but obviously not enough to stop it. It just pains me that the Repubs in Congress all of a sudden found fiscal responsibility after the last 8 years. They really have no place to say much of anything.

    While I agree that throwing money after money may not be right, but something has to be done. And cutting taxes even more to add to that $1 trillion deficit built from the last 8 years would not do nearly as much as some of this bill will do alone. It’s not perfect, and I will be the first to admit it. But if it works…where will the 99.9% of Republicans who voted against it be? It’s been a play for the 2010 elections by voting no, and it could backfire big time if things improve.

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