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Some More Details About The ‘Stimulus’

The House Conference Report and some details about the largest spending bill in the history of the nation, from GOP.gov:

Senator Olympia Snowe (2nd right) speaks during a news conference with (L-R) Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Senator Joe Lieberman, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Arlen Specter.

H.R. 1 Conference Report

Conference Report—The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Rep. Obey, David R. (Appropriations Committee)

February 14, 2009
111th Congress, 1st Session


The conference report to H.R. 1 totals $792 billion in new spending and tax provisions.  The final cost is $30 billion less than the House-passed bill and $49 billion less than the Senate substitute.  In order to reach this level, the conference report reduces a number of tax provisions-including the Presidents "Making Work Pay Tax Credit" and an important tax benefit for companies with current losses-and includes an amount of discretionary spending between the Senate and House levels.  The conference report also restores billions in spending from the House bill, which the Senate had initially removed or reduced

The highlights of the conference report are as follows:


Questionable or Non-Stimulative Spending:

* $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
* $2 billion for the Neighborhood Stabilization Fund, providing funds to organizations such as ACORN, which has been accused of practicing unlawful voter registration in recent elections
* $10 million for the inspection of canals in urban areas
* $100 million for grants to small shipyards
* $198 million to authorize payments to certain Filipino veterans from WWII
* $300 million for the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program
* $2 billion to support the manufacturing of advanced vehicle batteries
* $1 billion for Community Development Block Grants
* $1.3 billion for Amtrak, including $450 million for a new rail security grant program not included in either the House-passed or the Senate-passed bills
* $300 million for federal procurement of plug-in and fuel efficient vehicles
* $8 billion for a High Speed Passenger Rail Program, after the House did not include any funding for the program and the Senate included $2 billion, which will fund at least one project from Las Vegas to Los Angeles
* $15 million for historic preservation at historically black colleges and universities
* $170 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to research the causes, effects, and ways to mitigate climate change
* $200 million for Americorps and other paid "volunteerism" programs
* $400 million for NASA to accelerate climate research missions
* $5.5 billion for federal buildings (GSA), including $4.5 billion to convert federal buildings into "high-performance green buildings" and $450 million for a new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security.
* $210 million for a new grant program to modify and upgrade local fire stations
* $142 million for the Coast Guard to alter or remove 4 obstructive bridges
* $25 million for the Smithsonian Institution for maintenance backlogs
* $1 billion for expenses in conjunction with the 2010 decennial census
* $650 million for Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupons
* $1 billion for a Prevention and Wellness Fund, which can be used for sexually transmitted disease (STD) education and prevention programs at the CDC
* $500 million to replace a 30-year old computer system at the Social Security Administration
* $500 million for a health professions training program-funding which an earlier committee report said were allocated because "a key component of attaining universal health care reform will be ensuring the supply of primary care providers."

Note that much of these items have been added:

$8 billion for a High Speed Passenger Rail Program, after the House did not include any funding for the program and the Senate included $2 billion, which will fund at least one project from Las Vegas to Los Angeles

That is one of Mr. Reid’s pet projects. And it will be eight years before a single shovel will be turned on it.

Also note that ACORN is still getting their cut.

And there are doubtlessly dozens of other similar boondoggles included.

But who has the time to find them in this mammoth bill?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “Some More Details About The ‘Stimulus’”

  1. proreason says:

    Goodby freedom. It was nice while it lasted.

    Horses, once broken, walk willingly to the feeding trough in the barn, from which they cannot escape without their masters hand.

  2. DGA says:

    “$8 billion for a High Speed Passenger Rail Program, after the House did not include any funding for the program and the Senate included $2 billion, which will fund at least one project from Las Vegas to Los Angeles”

    Yet another Hammer and Sickle ready project.

  3. 1sttofight says:

    This will come back to bite the Dems much as it did in 1994.

  4. pagar says:

    There’s more:

    f Spending

    by Michael Grabell and Christopher Weaver, ProPublica – February 13, 2009 10:24 am EST

    Congress released its compromise of the economic stimulus plan at 11 p.m. Thursday. Debate began in the House at 9 a.m., with voting set for 1 p.m. Want to know what’s in it? You could read the 1,071-page gorilla they’ve posted. Or you could read our chart below of the spending provisions.

    (The tax cuts and other finance provisions aren’t in this chart yet, but are summarized here (PDF). We will be updating regularly as more details emerge.) And if you’d like some background, here’s our earlier chart comparing the differences between the House and Senate bills.

    To see a certain category of spending provisions, click on one of the following: Accountability | Aid to People Affected by Economic Downturn | Aid to State and Local Governments | Business | Education | Energy | Health Care | Other | Science and Technology | Transportation and Infrastructure
    Program Funding
    Accountability $323,500,000
    Department of Agriculture – Office of Inspector General $22,500,000
    Department of Commerce – Office of Inspector General $10,000,000
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Office of Inspector General $6,000,000
    Department of Justice – Office of Inspector General $2,000,000
    NASA – Office of Inspector General $2,000,000
    Defense Department – Office of Inspector General $15,000,000
    Department of Energy – Office of Inspector General $15,000,000
    Department of the Treasury – Inspector General for Tax Administration $7,000,000
    General Services Administration – Office of Inspector General $7,000,000
    Recovery Act Accountability and Transparency Board $84,000,000
    Small Business Administration – Office of Inspector General $10,000,000
    Department of Homeland Security – Office of Inspector General $5,000,000
    Bureau of Indian Affairs – Office of Inspector General $15,000,000
    Environmental Protection Agency – Office of Inspector General $20,000,000
    Department of Labor – Office of Inspector General $6,000,000
    Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General related to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology $17,000,000
    Department of Education – Office of Inspector General $14,000,000
    Corporation for National and Community Service – Office of Inspector General $1,000,000
    Social Security Administration – Office of Inspector General $2,000,000
    Government Accountability Office salaries and expenses $25,000,000
    Veterans Affairs – Office of Inspector General $1,000,000
    State Department – Office of Inspector General $2,000,000
    Department of Transportation – Office of Inspector General $20,000,000
    Department of Housing and Urban Development – Office of Inspector General $15,000,000

    What will these IG’s be looking for? Could it be what happened on Pres Bush’s watch?

    The link is–

    • proreason says:

      Regardless of what’s in the pig, what sane person would make a decision of this magnitude with no time to read the document.

      Do you sign documents that commit you to tens of thousands of debt without reading them? You may do so for something you have significant experience with, buying a car or even a house……but something you know virtually NOTHING about.

      This alone would cause any honorable person to vote no.

      But then, there are few if any honorable people in congress. They are not voting on the bill . They are voting to perpetuate themselve in their criminal sinecure’s.

      That’s the BIGGEST PROBLEM.

  5. pdsand says:

    I sure hope 3 republican senators are happy that they sat down at the table and brokered a few little concessions from their democrat masters in the senate, only to let the bill go to conference and have all their compromises undone and replaced with worse than was there before. I wonder if they knew it would happen and did it on purpose, or if they’re just too dumb to know any better?

  6. pagar says:

    Another thing to keep in mind with the money for IG offices, is that new employees will have to be hired to spend the money. None of the new employees will be conservative. None of the new employees will refuse to join the union, which will increase the amount of money and workers for future Democrat campaigns. None of the new employees will ever be fired or laid off. Your great, great grandchildren will be paying off these bureaucrats who will never ever find one dime of money stolen by the Democrats.

    • proreason says:

      that’s probably is true for all 600,000 new gov employees……..all likely voters for big government.

      I’ve knows some very smart gov employees with glaring blind spots. I guess if your livelihood depend on big mamma, it’s hard to see mamma in a realistic light.

  7. pdsand says:

    I wonder if any of the 3 will have the spine to oppose the bill now that the compromises they voted for have been removed?

  8. proreason says:

    Traitor Kerry explains why you are too stupid to spend your own money.


  9. DGA says:

    “$400 million for NASA to accelerate climate research missions”

    Ahh, more money for James Hansen to lie to us about the global warming scam. NASA have to work hard to get funding for all their work, and it is all worth it I believe, except this Goddard institute that has Hansen promoting this enduring lie. I think that if NASA continues to support Hansen then we don’t need to. Put the word out, vote to cut off ALL NASA funding unless NASA comes to their senses and pushes Hansen out the proverbial airlock. 400 million to Hansen’s propaganda scheme will mean 100 times that in costs to this country in a short time. Talk about paying through the nose for a bullet to shoot yourself in the foot with!!

  10. yellarcan says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong but Lou Dobbs reported that a healthy chunk of “change”(I couldn’t help myself) is going to a special interest of miz pelosi about saving some kind of mice in the San Fran area?

  11. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    This is what happens when gullible people elect incompetent fools to the position of supreme leadership. I long for the days when feed the pig meant to put away as much money into your bank account as you could. Now the term simply means to overfeed the government pig more pork until it reaches the size of Hogzilla.

  12. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    Dick Morris stated the truth regarding this fiasco on The O’Reilly Factor the other night. Congress and the HNIC (my term, not Morris’) decided to cram all of the BS they hoped for over the next 4 or 8 years into this one single “emergency” package. Why every member of Congress isn’t hanging by their neck yet is beyond me!

  13. canary says:

    And what propaganda over the census. The dems doesn’t understand that it’s not the state that covers up minorities, the illegals lie about their race, and say they are caucasion. This can only mean, they want to visit in our homes. This time, they probably want to see what kind of car you drive. Dont’ think they’ll just violate you privacy and ask what kind of car. I’d say everyone should put a hybrid, then ollah Obama and the Green Army may leave us alone. They aren’t coming into my house. This time, if some homeless looking scum bangs on my kitchen window yelling, not listening to me, that I did it over the phone, I’ll call the police. I had to do it two times on the phone. So, add the federal govt, and it will only get worse.

  14. sheehanjihad says:

    Collins Snowe Spectre….all were woo’d by the dems, promised whatever, made the vote, and were shown the door. Gullible people who dream of the power the dems have now always forget that once the sun comes up, you get to see who you decided to go home with last night. Both of those women will come to regret their offering themselves for a price…Spectre flat doesnt count anymore. The bus is coming, and Reid is standing behind him. Fools.

  15. brad says:

    None of these things actually make money, or generate new jobs. They just maintain jobs, votes, and when the money is gone, the jobs go with it.

    It’s what they have always done with our money. Gov’ts don’t make money!

    (stupid people!)

  16. Barbie says:

    This is what needs to be done and I am quite serious. All those in Congress (especially the rich Pelosi, the rich Reid, the rich Claire McCaskill et al)who voted for this boondoggle of a bill – and it’s nothing but a pork payoff to Obama supporters as we all know – and those who gave money to elect this fraud of a president (because this group could be traced easily through their contributions), are the ones who should be billed to pay for this $787 billion. Why should I/you/my children/your children/ grandchildren have to pay for this when they will not benefit at all. Anyone who voted for Obama and the Dems (and Specter, Snow, Collins) should have their bank acccounts frozen, their property taken and sold, their assets taken and sold to pay off this debt. Welfare people should have a portion of their benefits taxed to pay for this as should ss recipients. If this generation cannot pay it off, it should be passed to their kids.

    Secondly, there should be special hearings before Congress where the National Endowments of the ARts, ACORN, etc. etc. and all the other entities who receive this payoff money would be called forth to testify how they used this money and how this money was used in job creation and how these created jobs benefited the economy. If these organizations cannot give a detailed accounting of how these funds were used for positive job creation, then these entities will have to pay back the money with high interest regardless of the assets they have to immediately sell. They will also have to sell off any items like cars, planes, luxury items they bought, and pay back the money. (does this sound familiar?) The people who love to steal others’ money for their personal benefit need to be held accountable to pay back these funds. We’re not going to stop the thieves unless they’re held to pay for what they stole. That’s exactly what should happen. (I realize of course this is never going to happen, but it’s something that should happen. People are going to have to get tough so others stop their stealing. IMO)

  17. proreason says:

    3 questions for S&L’ers.

    1. If 35% to 40% of citizens pay no taxes and their votes count the same as taxpayers, is that a form of taxation without representation?

    To help your thinking, citizens who pay taxes are about to assume between $785 billion and $3200 billion (Heritage Foundation’s estimate) in new government debt. The new debt for taxpayers will be between 80% and 320% of the income tax they paid in 2008. The new debt for nontaxpayers will be $0.00.

    2. If a citizen’s 3 congressionmen are Republicans, who were not allowed to help write the “Stimulus” bill, and who were not allowed to offer amendments, is that a form of taxation without representation?

    3. What was the main grievance that the Colonies cited in the years before the American Revolution?

  18. sheehanjihad says:

    [The stimulus package, which found no Republican support in the House and survived with three GOP votes in the Senate, aims to save or create as many as 3.5 million jobs through massive government investment while boosting consumer spending through modest tax cuts.] (source Washington)

    Modest tax cuts? 13 dollars a week represents democrats being able to crow about O’s promise of giving a tax break to 95% of Americans. He did! Sort of…..

    That is likened to telling a prisoner has has been paroled, but only letting him be free for about ten minutes and then sending him back to serve a life term.

    That is the democrat’s definition of modest? Miserly absolute minimum to keep an unrealistic campaign lie alive for nothing more than political gain.

    Just think…over four million families could have been given a thousand dollars if ACORN wouldnt have been paid back for rigging the election……..

    And that’s just four billion…..think of the rest….and how we could have benefited from a cash infusion of over 50k per household in the entire country with just the spending projects the democrats gave to their loyalists.

    They are liars…cheats…and self centered egotists. I dislike them all, immensely.

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