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Senate compromise whittles down “Recovery” bill


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Win some, lose some. It’s a fact of life in the Washington wheeling and dealing on legislation, including bail-out and “economic recovery” bills.Every proposal begins with comprehensive “needs” and gets whittled down to what should be a manageable size. Or in this case, what will hopefully be the bare essentials to jumpstart cities, towns and businesses across America. Many items did not make the Senate cut.

Here, as presented in Daily Kos and courtesy of Senator Pat Leahy’s office, is what the Senate compromise proposes to ax in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009:

Billion dollar cuts:

  • $40 billion State Fiscal Stabilization
  • $16 billion School Construction
  • $7.5 billion of State Incentive Grants
  • $5.8 billion Health Prevention Activity
  • $4.5 billion GSA
  • $3.5 billion Higher Ed Construction (Eliminated)
  • $3.5 billion Federal Bldgs Greening
  • $2.25 Neighborhood Stabilization (Eliminate)
  • $2 billion broadband
  • $2 billion HIT Grants
  • $1.25 billion project based rental
  • $1 billion Head Start/Early Start
  • $1.2 billion in Retrofiting Project 8 Housing
  • $1 billion Energy Loan Guarantees

Million dollar cuts:

  • $100 million FSA modernization
  • $50 million CSERES Research
  • $65 million Watershed Rehab
  • $30 million SD Salaries
  • $100 Distance Learning
  • $98 million School Nutrition
  • $50 million aquaculture
  • $100 million NIST$100 million NOAA
  • $100 million Law Enforcement Wireless
  • $50 million Detention Trustee
  • $25 million Marshalls Construction
  • $100 million FBI Construction
  • $300 million Federal Prisons
  • $300 million BYRNE Formula
  • $140 million BYRNE Competitive
  • $10 million State and Local Law Enforcement
  • $50 million NASA
  • $50 million Aeronautics
  • $50 million Exploration
  • $50 million Cross Agency Support
  • $200 million NSF$100 million Science
  • $300 million Fed Hybrid Vehicles
  • $50 million from DHS
  • $200 million TSA
  • $122 million for Coast Guard Cutters, modifies use
  • $25 million Fish and Wildlife
  • $55 million Historic Preservation
  • $20 million working capital fund$200 million Superfund
  • $165 million Forest Svc Capital Improvement
  • $90 million State & Private Wildlife Fire Management
  • $75 million Smithsonian$600 million Title I (NCLB)

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has assembled a list of projects that cities and counties would like to get built under the stimulus plan – they have to seek formal approval after the stimulus bill passes. On that list: 18,750 projects.

This nifty link lets you peruse what each city wants as part of what the mayors’ organization is calling Mainstreet Economic Recovery.

Source: Daily Kos


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2 Responses to “Senate compromise whittles down “Recovery” bill”

  1. RNurse Says:
    February 8th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    You source is Daily Kos? The article lost all credibility with that resource. Don’t tell me Clarksville Online has gone liberal as well.

  2. Bill Larson Says:
    February 8th, 2009 at 10:14 pm
    Bill Larson

    What specifically do you consider to be inaccurate in that article?

    The site has no leanings either way. But each author and contributor has their own views, and their writings may reflect that. If you wish to become a writer and express a contrasting view send Christine a sample of your writings. The only rules are attack the issue never the person, and that you have sources and references to back up statements made in your articles.


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