Who Attended the Latest Stimulus Meeting?
Vice President Biden met with several officials today to review the government's progress in doling out economic stimulus funds.
"Every day, every week we see these funds going from Washington into American communities. And I believe we're starting to see some mild impact from this already," Biden said, according to a pool report of the meeting. "We have 18 months to get this job done, and we're going to get it done right."
Biden noted that roughly 50 million Social Security recipients will receive one-time $250 payments in May, six weeks ahead of schedule, and that the Energy Department will soon distribute $3.2 billion for state and local energy efficiency and conservation programs.
He also introduced the cabinet secretaries and other government officials to Edward DeSeve, "the CEO" of the stimulus process, Biden said, who joined the administration late last week.
The meeting was held this morning around a long conference table in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Here's a full list of the meeting's attendees, according to the pool report:
G. Edward DeSeve, Senior Advisor for Recovery Act Implementation
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis
Energy Secretary Steven Chu
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki
Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Rob Nabors
Transportation Deputy Secretary Thomas Barrett
State Department Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy
Transportation Department Fiscal Assistant Secretary Ken Carfine
Defense Department's Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (comptroller) Michael McCord
Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli
Interior Department's Senior Adviser for Economic Recovery Chris Henderson
Commerce Department's Senior Adviser and Acting Chief of Staff Rick Wade
Counselor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services John Monahan
Housing and Urban Development Chief of Staff Laurel Blatchford
Education Department's Consultant and Senior Adviser to the Secretary Tony Miller
Homeland Security Senior Counselor to the Secretary Brian de Vallance
EPA Acting Assistant Administrator Craig Hooks
Not seated at the table but also in attendance: Helaine Greenfeld, Deputy Associate Attorney General; Ellen Herbst, Commerce's Senior Advisor for Recovery Act Implementation; HUD senior advisers Peter Grace and Bruce Katz; and Matt Rogers, a senior adviser to Chu for the Recovery Act.
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