Tuesday, February 17, 2009

NFRW Letter to Editor Campaign re: Stimulus

National Federation of Republican Women Announces a Letter-To-The-Editor Campaign
Questionable Or Non-Stimulative Spending in the American Recovery and Reinvenstment Act

NFRW is hosting a letter-to-the-editor campaign concerning the The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1). Use the facts below to help you get started.

Although the bill has passed, many Americans do not know nor understand that this bill passed having questionable or non-stimulative spending. Let Americans know that the Democrats passed a bill that is clearly questionable and that they should take responsibility for a mistake that will cost Americans billions of dollars.

Questionable or Non-Stimulative Spending in the The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1)

-$50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
-$2 billion for the Neighborhood Stabilization Fund, providing funds to organizations such as ACORN, which has been accused of practicing unlawful voter registration in recent elections
-$10 million for the inspection of canals in urban areas
-$100 million for grants to small shipyards
-$198 million to authorize payments to certain Filipino veterans from WWII
-$300 million for the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program
-$2 billion to support the manufacturing of advanced vehicle batteries
-$1 billion for Community Development Block Grants
-$1.3 billion for Amtrak, including $450 million for a new rail security grant program not included in either the House-passed or the Senate-passed bills
-$300 million for federal procurement of plug-in and fuel efficient vehicles
-$8 billion for a High Speed Passenger Rail Program, after the House did not include any funding for the program and the Senate included $2 billion, which will fund at least one project from Las Vegas to Los Angeles
-$15 million for historic preservation at historically black colleges and universities
-$170 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to research the cause, effects and ways to mitigate climate change
- $200 million for Americorps and other paid "volunteerism" programs
-$400 million for NASA to accelerate climate research missions
-$5.5 billion for federal buildings (GSA), including $4.5 billion to convert federal buildings into "high-performance green buildings" and $450 million for a new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security
-$210 million for a new grant program to modify and upgrade local fire stations
-$142 million for the Coast Guard to alter or remove 4 obstructive bridges
-$25 million for the Smithsonian Institution for maintenance backlogs
-$1 billion for expenses in conjunction with the 2010 decennial census
-$650 million for Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupons
-$1 billion for a Prevention and Wellness Fund, which can be used for sexually transmitted disease (STD) education and prevention programs at the CDC
-$500 million to replace a 30-year old computer system at the Social Security Administration
-$500 million for a health professions training program-funding which an earlier committee report said were allocated because, "a key component of attaining universal health care reform will be ensuring the supply of primary care providers."

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