On Wednesday, January 28th, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 – also known as the Stimulus Package – by a vote of 244-188. As passed, the bill includes $526.5 billion in spending and $275 billion in tax cuts aimed at jump-starting the nation’s economy. Included in the final bill is an amendment offered by Jerrold Nadler (NY) that would boost transit spending in the bill from $9 billion to $12 billion. Half of this additional money would be spread across all states and the other half would go directly to new mass transit projects.
Before coming to the House floor, the House Rules Committee eliminated two provisions from the Stimulus Package; a family planning provision and a provision to provide funding for the National Mall. The Mall funding would have been used to address the $350 million backlog of repair, maintenance, and preservation work on the National Mall which may have led to several landscape architecture jobs and contracting opportunities.
The Senate now begins working on its version of the measure where Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (MT) “pledged to work with Senators on a variety of additional tax provisions to the bill.”