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Stimulus bill, part III

January 20, 2009

Picking up on page 59, Department of Justice

$3,000,000,000 for State and Local Law Enforcement assistance. For some grant named after Edward Byrne. (who?)

$1,000,000,000 for Community-Oriented policing. (so, we’ll take those police off the streets later, since this bill is only temporary spending?)

That’s all for Justice. Not only is she blind, she’s underfunded. Next up, NASA.

$400,000,000 for “Science”. Well, that’s broad. This includes recommended spending for climate research, which was ALSO funded above.

$150,000,000 for Aeronautics. $50,000,000 for cross-agency support programs, related to infrastructure repair after 2008 disasters.

National Science Foundation:

$2,500,000,000 for “Research and Related Activities”. Well, that’s broad. I want to study the cognitive effect of opposite gender viewing on male members of the species Homo Sapiens Sapiens. Give me my cash. $300 mil of this is set aside for the Major Research Instrumentation program (nice rulers), and $200 mil for research facilities modernization.

Education and Human Resources gets $100,000,000. Major research eqipment & facility construction $400,000,000 (in addition to funds above).

Dept. of Defense:

$4,500,000,000 for Facilities upgrade, improvement, with a detailed breakout by service.

Energy research & development (defense) $350,000,000 – electric hummers?

Corps of Engineers: $2,000,000,000. They going to improve the New Orleans levees, finally?  Another $250,000,000 is specifically aimed at the Mississippi, with another $2,225,000,000 for “Operations and Maintenance”.

$25,000,000 for a “regulatory program”. HUH? What’s the DoD doing with a regulatory program?

That takes us down to page 68. I’ll update on this article tomorrow.

UPDATE:  Next up, Department of the Interior

$500,000,000 for water and related resources. Some specified for reclamation and reuse, some for rural water projects.

Department of Energy

$18,500,000,000 for energy efficiency and renewable energy. INCLUDES $2 billion for battery development, $800 mil for biomass, $400 mil for thermal energy. $6.2 bil for weatherization, $3.5 bil for efficiency/conservation grants, $3.4 bil for state energy programs, $1.9 bil to cover pre-existing Federal legislation.

For energy delivery and reliability, $4,500,000,000.

$1,000,000,000 for the advanced battery loan guarantee program. $10 million of which if for administrative expenses.

$500,000,000 for the institutional loan guarantee program, $10 million of which is for administrative expenses.

$8,000,000,000 for the innovative technology loan guarantee program. $25 million of that isfor administrative expenses.

Fossil energy: $2,400,000,000.  Directed to carbon capture technologies.

$2,000,000,000 for “SCIENCE”. Look it up, page 74. For Advanced Research Projects – Energy.

Environmental and other Defense activities: $500,000,000.

Next up is some extensive reworking of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. Included in this is a loan provision for up to $3,250,000,000 to the Western Area Power Administration, and another $3,250,00,000 for the Bonneville Power Administration.

That takes us down to page 87, and the GSA (General Services Administration). That’ll be part IV.

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