19 February 2010

West Virginia Gets Obama Cabinet Visits

Obama administration officials are touring a number of states, including West Virginia, as the White House marks the one-year anniversary of the federal stimulus legislation.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki stopped by a Charleston vet center with U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., The Associated Press and The Charleston Gazette report. Shinseki also touted a helpline meant to aid veterans seeking benefits under the new GI Bill, the AP article said.

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, accompanied by Rockefeller and Gov. Joe Manchin, announced in Wheeling that "more than $130 million in stimulus funds will be used to build a high-speed information 'superhighway' in West Virginia," The Intelligencer reports.

Manchin was also slated to join Education Secretary Arnie Duncan at a Washington, D.C., event during the week, his office said in a release.

As for the stimulus anniversary, assessments have started to emerge. AP offers an overview, while Politifact has begun running pro and con claims through its Truth-O-Meter.

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