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The stimulus road tour continues

By Ed O'Keefe

Vice President Biden, GSA Administrator Johnson, HHS Secretary Sebelius and Commerce Secretary Locke are among the administration officials on the road this week touting the stimulus plan.

The Obama administration this week will dispatch 12 Cabinet secretaries, a handful of assistant and deputy secretaries and a few other agency administrators to more than 30 cities and towns in 18 states to mark the first anniversary of the economic stimulus plan.

Three states -- Colorado, Ohio and Texas -- will get at least three visits from administration officials. Arizona, Virginia and California will be visited twice. The tour includes stops in historically purple states and states where incumbent Democratic senators face tough reelection battles.

It begins with a visit by Vice President Biden to Michigan Tuesday. President Obama also will hold an event at the White House on Wednesday to mark the anniversary, before heading to Colorado, where he signed the Recovery Act into law on Feb. 17, 2009.

Highlights of the week appear below:


Vice President Biden and Small Business Administration administrator Karen Mills visit Saginaw, Mich. to tour a community college providing job training to former auto workers.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visits Atlanta to tour a local community medical center receiving stimulus funds.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will tour Transportation Security Administration explosive detection and canine training programs in Virginia and Texas, as part of her effort to highlight $576 million in stimulus funds set aside for aviation security.


Besides Obama's White House event, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will visit Seattle and discuss Interior Department stimulus projects in the region with Gov. Christine Gregoire.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will hold conference calls with regional reporters to discuss the impact of the recovery plan on rural communities.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is scheduled to visit Phoenix and tour a construction project at a labor community service agency.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will transport himself to Kansas City for a funding announcement. He heads to Tucson on Thursday and Los Angeles on Friday for similar announcements.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan will visit a kindergarten class at Riverside Elementary School in Alexandria, Va. and hold a round table discussion in the school's library.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is scheduled to hold an event in Chillicothe, Ohio at a VA Medical Center that has eight stimulus projects slated for completion totaling $8.3 million.

SBA Administrator Karen Mills will go to Arkansas to tout a small business there that grew with stimulus funding.

Newly minted GSA Administrator Martha Johnson will visit workers at the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, Colo. more efficient utilities infrastructure and 35 acres of solar panels.


Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will visit Pittsburgh and Wheeling, W. Va. to make stimulus funding announcements.

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan will visit Cincinnati and head to an affordable housing project being constructed with a $1 million stimulus tax credit.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will travel to Columbus to announce more than $249 million in clean water and drinking water projects for the state.


Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will attend the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Commencement Ceremony in Charlotte where police officers hired through the COPS Hiring Recovery Program will be graduating.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu will tour a wind turbine manufacturing facility in Windsor, Colo.

Treasury Assistant Secretary for Management and CFO Dan Tangherlini will travel to Maryville, Tenn. to break ground on a school being financed with $20 million in stimulus school construction bonds.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | February 16, 2010; 1:50 PM ET
Categories:  44: Obama's Washington, Administration, Tracking the Stimulus  
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The White House is failing somewhere when only 6 percent of Americans believe the stimulus has created jobs. That must change for the perception of the stimulus to brighten.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 16, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse


No comment about it in the mainstream media, but President Obama's embrace of nuclear power -- calling it a "green" technology despite unsolved problems with the disposal of dangerous nuclear waste -- may be the last straw for already disillusioned liberals and progressives who made possible the Obama presidency.

It's especially disappointing to those of us who realize that the military has developed new forms of "directed energy" weaponry based on science that some scientists believe could produce limitless amounts of cheap energy. But the civilian leadership either has been kept in the dark about this potential -- or purposely misled so that these technologies can be restricted to weapons of war and mass destruction instead of the betterment of mankind.

Example of the destructive application of one of these technologies -- being used to conduct a literal purge of American society: OR ("stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 16, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Instead of a series of campaign stops, how about driving around the country throwing money out the window? It would be a heck of a lot more effective.

Posted by: member5 | February 16, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

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