Obama administration says stimulus to kick in now
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06/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
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While 67 percent of Americans view President Barack Obama favorably, a new Gallup poll shows only 45 percent of Americans approve of Obama's handling of federal spending, and 46 percent agree with his handling of the federal budget deficit.

The poll also says that even though a majority support on handling the economy, Obama's disapproval rating has risen by 12 points since March.

Perhaps cognizant of that, President Obama announced today that his administration will be increasing stimulus money spending exponentially in the next three months.

Earlier in his comments, given to Vice President Joe Biden and members of the Cabinet, Obama said that already the stimulus plan has saved or created 150,000 jobs.

Later, Vice President Biden hosted a conference call, where he defended what some have criticized as a very slow start up for the $787 billion dollar effort, passed in February.

Biden said an example of what the stimulus can do is that the Justice Department will be able to hire an additional 5,000 law enforcement officers.

The White House is launching WhiteHouse.gov/Recovery, a new web page Vice President Biden says will be something unique in terms of transparency.

Biden said that in the interim, he’s advising all Cabinet Secretaries to list that information on their own websites as quickly as possible.

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