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February 18th, 2009
05:59 PM ET

Stimulus Bill: What states get...

Elise Labott
CNN State Department Producer

The State Department will receive $602 million for the enhancement of Department facilities from from the stimulus package President Obama signed Tuedsay, the department said Wednesday. The funding includes...

* $90 million for "diplomatic and consular programs," including a Diplomatic Security training facility, consular affairs passport and training facilities

* $290 million for the Capital Investment Fund, including up to $38 million for information technology upgrades for the US Agency for International Development

* $2 million to the Office of the Inspector General for "oversight requirements"

* $220 million for "immedate repair and rehabilitation" International Boundary and Water Commission. The IBWC is an independent international organization and the US section there is a federal agency not part of State

The total $602 package for the State Department is $20.5 million above the Senate passed level, and $64 million above the House passed level, but $563 million below the Department’s original request.

Acting Deputy Spokesman could not provide details on how many jobs would be created to complete the work.


Filed under: Economy • President Barack Obama
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Dan

    All i Want To Know Is What About Those People That Already Lost Their Homes Do To No Jobs(How Does Any Of This Help Them?)People That Have Car Loans Loosing Them(Where Is All The Help For Them?)

    February 19, 2009 at 8:46 am |
  2. Trenita, Louisville, KY

    Thank you President of the United States of America Mr. Barack Obama, for doing something. I support you and believe that you have our back. Hang your hat and do the damn thing like it never been done before. America was being destroyed from within which is a shameful thing to see being an American. VOTE DEMOCRAT if you want a better tomorrow. Remember prefection isn't possible, effort today is more than we got in the last 8 yrs.

    Thank you, Handsome

    February 19, 2009 at 5:39 am |
  3. Trenita, Louisville, KY

    I hope that there's a tracking process set up all this money. I'm from a commonwealth state that is building a stadium, when our school system is below standard. Why aren't you all checking and reporting more on the bankrucy law. How during the Bush term, all he did was become America NIGHTMARE.

    Bank, mortgage and jobs, all that our involved should be terminated and replaced with more responsible people. It appears to me that the world has been ran by the 7 deadly sins. God Bless America, we will rise again, We have heart that will out last time. But if we don't get good people loving people in the seats of power, we are doomed.

    VOTE DEMOCRAT IT'S THE BETTER OF THE TWO. REPUBLICAN ON INCREASE THEIR PROFITS. THOSE OF US THAT KEEP THIS COUNTRY STRONG OUR LEFT WITH CRUMS, CRUMS. GET INVOLVED FOR OUR CHILDREN. Which means you may have to step outside your box to make a difference.

    Thank you, Handsome,

    February 19, 2009 at 5:34 am |
  4. LadyM

    I am very upset that American gave Bush 8 years of disaster and the current President has only been in office for less than a month and we are already complaining and blaming him for everything that is happening. We as a people have no faith in the world we live in and less confidence in the president we have elected. I am a working single mother of 2 jobs, and I would rather have someone do something than to just complain and do nothing. CNN and the rest of the world should give the President a chance, or come up with a solution or let the world destroy it self. We all live in the same world and should try to make things better or would you rather see the world destroy it self, you tell me what you think? And what are you willing to do to make it better?

    February 19, 2009 at 5:29 am |
  5. John

    More wasteful spending by this congress . They are HELL BENT ON sending good money after bad , this bill is nothing more them welfare for people who by greed or stupidy went for pie in the sky dreams with expences they had no means to pay for in the long run .

    February 19, 2009 at 3:09 am |
  6. Cliff John T. Basuel

    I am pretty sure Sen. Collins and Specter got something for their states after siding with the Democrats.

    I wonder what they are?

    February 19, 2009 at 3:07 am |
  7. Don Spiegel, Ph.D.

    This is a suggestion as to how to insure that any money given to people won't end up in savings or under a mattress, but will be spent.

    The Obama administration should consider giving every adult making less than $50,000 a year, thirty $100 vouchers or coupons that they can use to purchase goods, food, services, or whatever they need from stores or online. The only way they can benefit from the vouchers/coupons is to use them for purchases. They cannot be exchanged for cash or deposited into a bank account. They cannot be given away. They have to be spent by the holder or they are of no value. In my opinion, this is one of the best ways to stimulate the economy. This solves the problem that keeps coming up that if people are given money they will save it and won't spend it. With this method, they must use it or lose it.

    February 19, 2009 at 2:18 am |
  8. Joyce Forest-Martina

    i am disabled what are we people that did work and cannot now what help do we get 250 that wont pay my mortgage which is 12 percent i will soon be in a wheelchair where is my quality of life

    February 19, 2009 at 2:12 am |
  9. Sandra William

    I doubt this will be posted, since this country seems largely concerned about the wealthy and middle class, but my concern is, what is this bill or any government bill in the near future doing to actually help people who have lost jobs and are currently forced to live on the street or in tents. Anyone who has any details about more aid that may be going to our really poverty stricken "Americans", please do let me know the details. Maybe I missed that part, but would love to know what is or will be done soon for our most homeless, poverty stricken people in this wealthy country. Many more people who think they have it rough now, (while still in a home or apartment), take a minute to consider that you too may soon be living on the 'STREET" with NO shelter available, because even housing for poverty stricken people in most states has a lottery type system and a one to two year waiting list.... Sounds a bit strange for a country such as ours with so much wealth in pockets, to make the poor, homeless, and jobless people at the bottom use a lottery system to just get a roof of their own and a bathroom of their own. Guess you just don't understand until it happens to YOU.
    Sincerely, a citizen of this country U.S.A. (hard working, but with no job to go to).

    February 19, 2009 at 1:20 am |
  10. Khristine

    As an unemployed professional who's gotten caught up in this whole economy mess, this stimulus package cannot do us any more harm than we're already in. How does money for the State Department or other governmental agencies stimulate the economy? Huh, I don't need any more competition in the unemployment line.

    February 18, 2009 at 11:47 pm |
  11. tom thorsen

    I agree with the man who has good credit,making his payments and gets nothing in return but a lower valuation on his home. I am on a fixed income,but make my mortgage payments -however money is getting much tighter. The government should require and automatically force mortgage lenders to reward people like us by lowering the interest to 3% or less without any hassle or paperwork. We then would have a little more money to pump into the economy and the lender is still assured of receving payments from people like us.

    February 18, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  12. Kenneth Williams

    the cartoon does notthing for me it just go to show that you can not treat animal bettter then human

    February 18, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  13. Steve

    Concerning the recovery Package: This amount of billions of dollars
    in this this package is excessive and millions will be wasted away
    and the American people will be paying for generations to come. This is a sad day for the America. Congress and the White House willing to waste in a big way,at the expense of the American people .

    February 18, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  14. Tom Richards Real Estate Agent

    Nothing has ever been mentioned about the people who lost their homes because of the loss of income in the wake of this economic nightmare. Good payer, good loan, good income, then the prices of homes fall and the support fabric fails. Realtors have no income, contractors have no work, lenders take minimum wage jobs and everyone in this group joins the ranks of the victims of a situation created by greedy lenders. So the lenders and banks get bailed out, the CEO's stay in their posh homes and the machine that runs the economy suffers. What about us? As a follow-up, what about the ruined credit caused and the resulting inability to purchase once the home prices and sales start to improve?

    February 18, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  15. Frank Stanford

    Describe one time in anyone's life when the national debt, or surplus, which come and go dependent on economic cycles, had any measureable impact on his or her life. Insisting that national debt will burden our grandchildren is as meaningless as saying a national surplus will make them rich.

    February 18, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  16. bdm

    i find it rich that the critics of president obama's efforts to put us right are the very people who supported the administration that put us here. good grief.

    February 18, 2009 at 9:44 pm |
  17. Annie Kate

    How does money for the State Department stimulate the economy? Shouldn't this have been covered in the general budget? Its things like this that bring the whole stimulus bill into question – Congress needed to have stuck with the stated scope of the bill and trimmed stuff like this out and covered it in the normal operating budget of the government.

    February 18, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  18. Mari, Salt Lake City

    @ Dina........ yes, the Bill is not big enough. However, something MUST get done.

    @ xtina, chicago IL: where were you when Bush was doubling the national debt? Were you complaining about the $10 BILLION being spent each and every month for the last 7 years in Iraq???????????

    The Bush Disaster will not be solved overnight. We will overcome and hopefully, be a better country as a result.

    February 18, 2009 at 8:22 pm |
  19. monte

    the U. S. is in a mess, economy, fire arms, bail out a bail out there. We have forgotten a few things as americans. We elected people to to take care of the country. Elections have been held, Just because we elected the ones we felt would do the job.Why can't we do the same with topics such as the ones i mentioned the same way we elect our politicians. Remember: of the people, by the people, and for the people. simple majority rules.Having politicans do our business is the same as passing gossup around, by the time it gets to the end of the trail it is nothing like it started out. A sad state of affairs. monte

    February 18, 2009 at 8:15 pm |
  20. xtina, chicago IL

    The stimulus is nothing but the usual wasteful spending by the Congress. We're spending money we don't have.

    February 18, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  21. Dina

    Bottom line: This bill isnt big enough..check with the economist.

    It won't do the job in the long run... It should have been bigger and it wouldnt have passed

    February 18, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  22. Mike from Canastota

    What does the State Department have to do with what states are going to receive?

    February 18, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  23. Karen

    The newly signed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes a provision for the Temporary Suspension of Taxation for Unemployment Benefits, but the provision states that it is for taxable year 2009. Is this an error? I can't help but wonder why this provision wouldn't be meant to cover those who were unemployed this past year (2008) and are now facing a federal tax bill?

    February 18, 2009 at 6:05 pm |