5 things the 2009 stimulus — which Trump said didn't build anything— built

Source: AP
Source: AP

President Donald Trump told a group of business CEOs on Tuesday that his predecessor's 2009 stimulus package during the Great Recession didn't build anything, saying most of the funds were used on "social programs."

But that assertion about the Obama administration's $787 billion stimulus package, known formally as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is false. 

It's also at odds with past praise Trump bestowed upon the stimulus package, which he once said was "building great projects."

Here are some of the things impacted by the stimulus, according to reports from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office:

Local infrastructure

This bridge in Bedford, Texas, was one of the bridges repaired using federal stimulus funds.
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Donna McWilliam/AP

The ARRA created the Build America Bonds program, which financed "$182 billion in new infrastructure investment, with participation from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and two territories," according to the Brookings Institution.

High-speed internet access

Included in the stimulus package was $7.2 billion to increase access to high-speed internet, according to the New York Times.

Transportation projects

With stimulus money, the Department of Transportation gave at least $38.6 billion to fund more than 14,600 transportation projects, including improving public transportation and highways, according to Michael Grunwald, a reporter who wrote a book about the stimulus' effects.

Unemployment rate

According to the CBO, the stimulus helped lower the unemployment rate between 0.7% and 1.8% in 2010 — a time when the jobless rate was on the rise. 

Job creation

The CBO report noted that the stimulus "increased the number of full-time-equivalent jobs by 2 million to 4.8 million compared with what would have occurred otherwise."

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Emily C. Singer, née Cahn, is a senior writer for Mic covering politics. She is based in New York and can be reached at esinger@mic.com

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