Cabinet's Stimulus To-Do List
President Obama and Vice President Biden issued new marching orders to Cabinet secretaries earlier today as part of the administration's kickoff to the next 100 days of the economic stimulus program.
As our colleague Michael A. Fletcher reports, during the first 100 days since being signed into law, the administration claims that measure has saved or created 150,000 jobs. As spending ramps up over the next 100 days, the bill is expected to save or create an additional 600,000 jobs, the White House said.
What follows is a department-by-department review of key targets for the next 100 days of stimulus:
• Department of Health and Human Services: Enable 1,129 health centers in 50 States and eight territories to provide expanded service to approximately 300,000 patients.
• Interior Department: Begin work on 107 national parks. (A short while ago on MSNBC, Secretary Ken Salazar said some of these projects will employ workers for up to two years.)
• Transportation Department: Begin work on rehabilitation and improvement projects at 98 airports and over 1,500 highway locations across the country. (One is in The Eye's hometown.)
• Education Department: Fund 135,000 education jobs including teachers, principals and support staff.
• Veterans Affairs Department: Begin improvements at 90 VA medical centers across 38 states.
• Justice Department: Hire or keep on the job approximately 5,000 law enforcement officers. (Assistant AG Tom Perrelli started highlighting these efforts last week.)
• Agriculture Department: Start 200 new waste and water systems in rural America. (Secretary Tom Vilsack started handing out this money last week.)
• Environmental Protection Agency: Begin or accelerate cleanup work at 20 Superfund sites from the National Priority List.
• Labor Department: Create 125,000 summer youth jobs.
• Defense Department: Initiate 2,300 construction and rehabilitation projects at 359 military facilities across the nation.
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