Obama will sign bill Tuesday to stimulate economy and environment
President Obama is expected to sign the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009—best known as the stimulus package—on Tuesday during a visit to Colorado. The House and Senate worked out their differences on the $787 billion bill Friday, and today the Center for American Progress has the best summary we've seen of the environmental provisions of the bill in its final form.
The White House offers links to the bill itself. Please note that the first two links were not working on Sunday afternoon, but the second two allow users to download written summaries of the compromises made between the House and Senate bills, including last-minute handwritten corrections.
Environmentalists pleased: Salon.com's Katharine Mieszkowski surveyed a few environmental activists and found them uniformly enthusiastic about the bill despite some consternation about cuts to public transit. In the end, the stimulus will provide $8.4 billion for public transit in the cities, plus $9.3 billion for intercity rail, while devoting $27.5 billion to highways.
Check your legislators: The Associated Press lists the votes of individual representatives for the final House vote on the compromise bill.
View from across the pond: The Guardian UK sent its science editor to Chicago for the annual meeting of the Annual Association for the Advancement of Science. This year's meeting coincided with the bicentennial of Charles Darwin's birth and featured Al Gore as the keynote speaker, but scientists there were most excited, Mark Henderson reports, about a particular Chicagoan.
For more info: In his weekly video address, President Obama discusses the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.