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Schumer Pushes Mass Transit in the Senate

February 2, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Boosting funding for mass transit in the economic stimulus package has been one of the main goals for a lot of progressives that have been following the issue. When House Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar’s released his original transportation funding proposal, he recommended spending at least $17 billion on mass transit in the stimulus. But when the official House version of the bill was released, it only contained $9 billion in mass-transit funds. The Senate's version containe...

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Senate Stimulus Package

February 2, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The Senate Finance Committee has posted the Senate version of the stimulus in one giant .pdf. It's 736 pages, in the form of a substitute amendment to H.R. 1 - the version of the stimulus that was passed by the House. This will be voted on by the Senate either tomorrow or Wednesday, with a final vote on the bill expected a few legislative days later Dig in, and if you find anything fishy, leave it in the comments. UPDATE: I sent this out on Twitter last week, and now that the stimulus is...

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Stimulus Package Moves to the Senate

February 1, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The ever-growing economic stimulus package, which was passed by the House of Representatives last week, is slated to be debated in the Senate beginning this afternoon. Since the House's action on the bill last week, the stimulus package has grown by about $70 billion (now totaling $888 billion), and it is expected to grow even more as it is dealt with by the Senate, probably to more than $900 billion.

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Obstructive Bridges

January 30, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

BoingBoing guest blogger Charles Platt took a look at the House stimulus bill text last night and was amused to see that even though a large chunk of the bill is intended for restoring crumbling infrastructure, at least part of it is for tearing it down. Here's that section from the bill text: >For an additional amount for 'Alteration of Bridges', $150,000,000, for alteration or removal of obstructive bridges, as authorized by section 6 of the Truman-Hobbs Act (33 U.S.C. 516): Provided, That ...

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After approving seven amendments, the House of Representatives on Wednesday evening voted 244 - 188 in favor of H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Not a single Republican member voted in favor of the bill on final passage. Eleven Democrats, on the other hand, crossed the aisle to vote with Republicans against the bill.

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Stimulus Floor Amendments in the House

January 27, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The House Committee on Rules has just concluded their epic hearing to lay out the ground rules for Wednesday's debate of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Here is a complete list of the amendments that will receive votes on Wednesday by the full House of Representatives, as determined tonight by the Rules Committee:

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Awesome Stimulus Visualization

January 27, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

From ProPublica: Click the image above for the interactive tree map, where you can scroll around for zoom in for tons of information on what's in H.R. 1. ...

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Stimulus Amendments Proposed

January 27, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The House Committee on Rules has posted all the amendments that have been submitted for their consideration tonight. There are hundreds: Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 1 - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 To be considered by the full House on the floor tomorrow, amendments must be approved by the Committee at their meeting at 3:30 this afternoon. The folks at Open Left have organized a last-minute call-in on some of these. There's only a cou...

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Stimulus Debate Begins Today

January 26, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The economic stimulus bill is coming to the floor of the House sooner than expected. According to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's "Daily Leader," Obama and congressional Democrats' $866 billion attempt at rescuing the economy is now scheduled to be on the House floor this afternoon. All votes on the bill, including amendments and final passage, will take place on Wednesday.

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Transit Stimulus Spending

January 26, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Elana Schor at Talking Points Memo has been keeping a close eye on the diminishing mass-transit spending in the Democrats' stimulus bill. House Transportation Chairman Jim Oberstar's original $85 billion transportation stimulus funding proposal is being scaled back by the House Appropriations Committee in several areas, most notably in intercity rail and public transit. Meanwhile, the Appropriations Committee is giving nearly full funding to Oberstar's request for highway and bridge constru...

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House Posts Stimulus Bill :: H.R 1

January 26, 2009 - by David Moore

The biggest bill to hit this session of Congress so far is scheduled to be introduced in the House today: the major federal stimulus bill, H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This bill presents an $825 billion economic recovery package, developed by House Democratic leadership and the Obama Administration. Check out our stimulus bill page for all the bill's official info, helpful news and blog coverage on the stimulus debate, and to speak out with your opinion on this bill.

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Vote Switchers - From Tranche 1 to Tranche 2

January 22, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

In a symbolic vote yesterday afternoon, the House of Representatives voted against releasing the second $350 billion of financial bailout money for use by the Obama administration. The vote was symbolic-only for two reasons: (1) The Senate already voted last week to give Obama the funds, making it impossible for Congress to present Obama with a joint resolution of disapproval as spelled out in section 115 of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, and (2) even if they could jointly approve...

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Troubles WIth Stimulus Report Language

January 21, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

This caught my eye, from Congress Daily ($): >House Appropriations Chairman David Obey set off a firestorm recently by including report language for the House economic stimulus package that implied that $1 billion to fund research to compare the effectiveness of medical treatments would keep patients from more-expensive medications and procedures -- and even staffers who crafted the bill language are fuming over the report. > >"The trouble is not with the legislative language, which was care...

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There may be some hope for increased oversight and accountability of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) after all. This afternoon, The House passed Barney Frank's TARP oversight legislation, the details of which I spelled out in a previous post, and now there is a glimmer of hope from the Senate that Democrats may push to pass similar legislation.

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Yesterday in the Senate, 6 Republicans joined 44 Democrats and one Independent-Democrat in voting to release the second $350 billion tranche of financial bailout money to be used by the incoming Obama Administration. They did so without attaching any new requirements as to how the money is to be spent or how information about the government's bailout activities are shared with the public.

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