Sep 3

Past Event

The Progress of the Recovery Act



  • Roadmap to Recovery

    The president signed the Recovery Act 200 days ago. We''re not there yet, says the vice president, but we are trying.

  • The Recovery Act's Programs

    Critics say the Recovery Act is simply a grab bag of different programs, but Biden asserts that the federal package is silver buckshot, not a single silver bullet.

  • Recovery is a Marathon

    With recovery at the nine-month mark of a two-year marathon, Biden promises the "transformative initiatives" are just getting underway.


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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed by President Barack Obama in February 2009, provides a mix of financial assistance for hard-hit families and businesses, infrastructure and technology investments and tax cuts designed to help put the U.S. economy back on a path toward long-term economic growth. As the chief Administration official entrusted with the implementation of the stimulus plan, Vice President Joe Biden has a unique perspective on the accomplishments of the program during its first six months as well as the work that lies ahead.

On Thursday, September 3, the Brookings Institution hosted the Vice President for a discussion of the current economic situation and the status of the recovery plan. The Vice President, formerly a long-time Senator from Delaware, shared the administration’s top-level view of the Recovery Act and the future of the nation’s economy.

Brookings President Strobe Talbott provided introductory remarks. After the program, Vice President Biden fielded audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • Introduction

  • Featured Speaker

    • The Honorable Joe Biden

      Vice President of the United States of America


September 3, 2009

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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