Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Economic Stimulus Bill

Today the house votes on the economic stimulus bill, also known as HR 1, Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. That link will take you to the bill on Thomas, but I thought it might be useful to see some of the other sites, both governmental and non-governmental tracking this bill:
  • White House: Economy The new Obama administration has put up a page on the Economy. This page lists statements by the president on the plan and his inauguration speech. For current statements and actions, check out the blog.
  • The Stimulus Plan: Where the Money Would Go This site has a java applet that lets you explore the areas where the money in the plan will go and how it will be spent. ProPublica is a nonprofit group that focuses on investigative journalism.
  • OpenCongress: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 This site gathers information on amendments and actions on the bill as well as news reports. It allows you to vote for or against the bill as well as comment. OpenCongress is a nonprofit group that works to provide Congressional information easier to understand and respond to by citizens.
  • Political Browser This page from the Washington Post gathers the days hot political news into one place and links out to other articles from additional news sources. Right now the top story is the stimulus, but as the day progresses it will shift.
  • Fox News: Politics This page from Fox News gathers the Fox stories on the top political stories of the day. Right now it has a number of articles on the republican response to the stimulus plan.
Want more information on the legislative process? Why not check out the library's Congress and Legislation guide.

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