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White House's new stimulus message: It's helping you

Vice President Joe Biden and five cabinet secretaries on Thursday delivered speeches nationwide about how stimulus money is helping local communities.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the economy and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Thursday, at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

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Vice President Joe Biden and five cabinet secretaries went on the stump nationwide Thursday to convince Americans that the $787 billion federal stimulus package is having a significant impact on their everyday lives.

The tone marked a shift for the Obama administration – departing somewhat from broad pronouncements about its effect on the American economy in favor of touting concrete examples in local communities.

• In Louisa, Va., Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that a $3.3 million loan is resulting in a new wastewater treatment system in the central Piedmont region of rural Virginia, benefiting 585 residents.

• In Sacramento, Calif., Education Secretary Arne Duncan said stimulus funds either saved or preserved 125,000 jobs across the US that were threatened under state budget cutbacks.


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