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Letter from OMB Director Orszag to Senator Conrad

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
_________________________________________________________________
For Immediate Release                            January 23, 2009

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20503
THE DIRECTOR
January 22, 2009
The Honorable Kent Conrad
Chairman
Committee on the Budget
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Mr. Chairman:
Thank you for all the time you have taken in reviewing the economic recovery proposal that President Obama is working on with Congress. The President shares your commitment to a package that jumpstarts the economy in the most effective way possible.
The Congressional Budget Office recently released an analysis ofa component ofthe economic recovery proposal; that analysis, however, did not assess the overall package. Our analysis indicates that at least 75 percent ofthe overall package (including its tax component and the other spending provisions that were not analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office) will be spent over the next year and a half (the rest of fiscal year 2009 and fiscal year 2010).
We are committed to maintaining at least a 75 percent spend-out rate for the package as a whole as the legislation moves through the Senate and House and into conference. In addition to jumpstarting the economy in a timely manner, we remain committed to providing unprecedented levels of transparency to the American people and the highest standards of accountability to the taxpayer about how the funds are spent.
These are difficult economic times, and I look forward to working with you, your colleagues, and your Committee's dedicated staff to craft a recovery package that meets these goals.
 
Sincerely,
Peter R. Orszag
Director
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