Biden: Stimulus to 'drop-kick' U.S. out of recession
Posted February 25, 2009 10:23 a.m. EST
Updated February 25, 2009 2:46 p.m. EST
WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the Obama administration's stimulus program is designed to "drop-kick" the economy out of its deep recession, declaring he is determined to ensure the $787 billion "gets out the door quickly and wisely."
Meeting with top members of President Barack Obama's Cabinet, Biden warned that he plans to use "the moral approbation of this office" to make sure the huge fund of stimulus money is put to use creating jobs and rebuilding American infrastructure.
Peter Orszag, the president's budget director, sitting to Biden's right in the White House Roosevelt room on Wednesday, said he intends to insure that Americans know how the money is being spent through the recovery. gov Web site, which he said already is receiving some 3,000 hits each second.
And Earl Devaney, the newly named chairman of stimulus plan accountability board, disclosed he will push each of the 50 states to name a watchdog to oversee spending.
Biden also met with education officials from several states, including North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson, to discuss how the economic stimulus package will help public schools. The meeting specifically focused on school construction, education reform and initiatives for teachers and principals.