Economy

Spending Provisions In the Stimulus Plan

Feb. 13, 2009 -- Congress released details Thursday night of its $787 billion stimulus plan, officially known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. About 65 percent of funds in the measure go toward spending, while about 35 percent will pay for tax cuts. Below is a breakdown of some of the key spending provisions in the measure.

*Note: Line items may not add up to the totals shown for each spending category. Total figures reflect only discretionary spending and do not include mandatory spending.

 
$120 billion* Infrastructure and science, including
Infrastructure improvements
$7.2 billion Broadband access and usage in unserved and underserved areas
$2.75 billion Department of Homeland Security, 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
- $240 million for the Coast Guard
$4.6 billion Army Corps of Engineers
$1.2 billion Veterans Affairs hospital and medical facility construction and improvements, long-term-care facilities for veterans and improvements, at VA national cemeteries
$3.1 billion Repair, restoration and improvement of public facilities on public and tribal lands
$4.2 billion 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 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 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 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 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 Highway investments
$8.4 billion Public transportation
$1.5 billion Competitive grants to state and local governments for transportation investments
$1.3 billion Air transportation system
$9.3 billion Rail transportation, including Amtrak, high-speed and intercity rail
Public Housing
$4 billion 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 Full-year payments to owners receiving Section 8 project-based rental assistance
$2 billion Redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes
$1.5 billion Homeless prevention activities, which will be sent out to states, cities and local governments through the emergency shelter grant formula
$250 million Energy retrofitting and green investments in HUD-assisted housing projects
Environmental CleanUp/Clean Water
$6 billion Environmental cleanup of former weapon production and energy research sites
$6 billion Local clean and drinking water infrastructure improvements
$1.2 billion EPA environmental cleanup programs, including Superfund
$1.38 billion Support $3.8 billion in loans and grants for needed water and waste disposal facilities in rural areas
Science
$1 billion NASA
$3 billion National Science Foundation (NSF)
$2 billion Department of Energy, including $400 million for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)
$830 million National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)
 
$14.2 billion* Health, including
$19 billion $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
$1 billion Prevention and wellness programs to fight preventable diseases and conditions with evidence-based strategies
$10 billion Biomedical research in areas such as cancer, Alzheimer's, heart disease and stem cells, and to improve NIH facilities
$1.1 billion 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
 
$105.9 billion* Education and Training, including
$53.6 billion State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, including:
- $39.5 billion to local school districts using existing funding formulas, which can be used for preventing cutbacks and layoffs, for school modernization or for other purposes
- $5 billion to states as bonus grants for meeting key performance measures in education
- $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 facilities at public schools and institutes of higher education
$13 billion Title 1 to help close the achievement gap and enable disadvantaged students to reach their potential
$12.2 billion Special Education/IDEA to improve educational outcomes for disabled children
$15.6 billion Increase the maximum Pell grant by $500
$3.95 billion Job training, including state formula grants for adult, dislocated worker and youth programs (including $1.2 billion to create up to 1 million summer jobs for youth)
 
$37.5 billion* Energy, including
$4.5 billion Repair of federal buildings to increase energy efficiency using green technology
$3.4 billion Fossil energy research and development
$11 billion Smart-grid-related activities, including work to modernize the electric grid
$6.3 billion Energy Efficiency and Conservation Grants
$5 billion Weatherization Assistance Program
$2.5 billion Energy efficiency and renewable energy research
$2 billion Grant funding for the manufacturing of advanced batteries systems and components and vehicle batteries that are produced in the United States
$6 billion New loan guarantees aimed at standard renewable projects such as wind or solar projects and for electricity transmission projects
$1 billion Other energy efficiency programs including alternative fuel trucks and buses, transportation-charging infrastructure, and smart and energy efficient appliances
 
$24.3 billion* Helping Americans Hit Hardest by the Economic Crisis, including
$19.9 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps, to increase the benefit by 13.6 percent
$2 billion Child Care Development Block Grant, to provide quality child care services for an additional 300,000 children in low-income families
$2.1 billion Head Start and Early Head Start, to allow an additional 124,000 children to participate in this program
$4 billion State and local law enforcement
$555 million Expand the Department of Defense Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) during the national mortgage crisis
 
$7.8 billion* Law Enforcement, Oversight, Other Programs

Figures based on details released by the U.S. Congress Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009.

Source: U.S. House Appropriations Committee summary update (PDF).

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