Friday, February 6, 2009

ARRA 2009: Titles V and VI

*Udpate 2.7.09: Here's a link to funding cuts since the bill has been in the Senate. It's pretty diffuse (for example the TSA lost 200 million, but they still have 1 billion), but a couple programs got hit hard.

Installment 4: Pages 90-114 Titles V and VI

Margaret and Helen visitors, here's the post Honolulu Sally was kind enough to link you to (thank you Honolulu Sally!).

To maintain some sense of continuity, here's the post that is an overall summary of the bill. Here's the post that shows the bare bones figures for Titles I and II; here's III and IV.

For those who are skeptical about this bill, look through each line and see how many items say "construction" or "education" or "outreach". Those words=jobs.

Title V: (pages 90-105)
Department of the Treasury

250 million to "Community Development Financial Institutions Fund Program Account"
--20 million must be allocated for construction, training and outreach designed to benefit Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Native Alaskan peoples (here is what's happening up there in Emmonak in the Yukon Delta; way to go, Palin).
--5 million may be used for administrative purposes

District of Columbia:
125 million to sewer and water authority

Federal Buildings:
9 billion to Federal Building Fund (7 billion available until 2010)
-- not less than 1.4 billion used for Federal buildings and U.S. Courthouses
-- 1.2 billion for border stations
-- 6 billion for to convert GSA facilities to High Performance Green Buildings (construction jobs, communications jobs, etc.)

600 million to procure energy and fuel efficient (including hybrid and electric vehicles) for the Federal Motor Fleet
2 million Inspector General

7 million Recovery Act Supervision Board (these are the people who are going to post information publicly and act as a watchdog over these funds)

84 million: Small Business Administration
--10 million: Inspector General

15 million: Surety Bond Guarantees [sic] Revolving Fund
6 million: Business Loans Program account

(Administrative provisions 97-105; lots of information on protection for small businesses)

Title VI: (105-114)
Department of Homeland Security

248 million for the Office of the Undersecretary of Management
5 million Inspector General
198 million US Customs and Border Patrol salaries and expenses
--100 million for procurement of non-intrusive inspection systems to improve port security
--97 million for procurement and deployment of tactical communications and radios
200 million Border Patrol Fencing, Infrastructure and Technology
800 million construction
27.8 million U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Automation Modernization
1.2 billion for the TSA
572 million for Acquisition, Construction and Improvements for the U.S. Coast Guard
274 million for alteration of bridges

6 million acquisition of communications response vehicles
950 million State and Local Programs
--100 million public transportation security, railroad security, system-wide Amtrak security upgrades
-- 100 million for port security grants
--250 million for upgrading, modifying or constructing emergency operations centers
500 million for construction to upgrade or modify critical infrastructure

500 million: Firefighter Assistance Grants
100 million for emergency food and shelter for disaster victims

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
15 million: Acquisition, Construction, Improvements and related expenses
15 million: science and technology development and research

Again, for those who are skeptical about this bill, look through each line in each of these titles and see how many items say "construction" or "education" or "outreach".

Those words=jobs.


Sidhe February 6, 2009 at 10:07 PM  

Your dedication to getting this information out, bluntly and without spin, is commendable. I haven't made it very far into the thing at all over the past, very busy, week but it's extremely nice to have been able to update with your posts every day (I do hope that I can get through the whole thing this weekend but I've got brakes to change, a hide to scrape and firewood to cut).

I've managed to send some pretty quick emails to my reps at least six times over the past week though (gee, I'm really looking forward to the slew of form letters I'll get back in a couple of weeks).


skyewriter February 6, 2009 at 11:37 PM  

A hide to scrape? I hope it's not Tim's. :)

You are most welcome. I have enjoyed writing about this more than I thought I would.

I won't have a future career in politics (and since we went to college together, you can understand why), but I know I am definitely hooked on it.

Maybe I could get a job as a speech writer, tho'....

trish in SW FL February 7, 2009 at 1:05 AM  

Thank you, I haven't had a chance yet to read all the details of the bill, so I'm going to add you to my bookmarks. (followed a link from Margaret & Helen's, to get here)

I have emailed my Senators and Congressman--not even a form letter so far.

I'm keeping a positive attitude, that they are busy with this, and not just ignoring us.

skyewriter February 7, 2009 at 10:24 AM  

trish from SW Florida:
Thanks for stopping by.

I think we can bet they are working on this; they recess soon and those grey-haired fellas don't want to have a sleep over in the capital to get this finished.

Welcome, and thanks again for reading and commenting.

Happy Saturday.

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