The president announced Tuesday that the federal government will spend $20.9 billion over the next two years to help states cope with the impact of climate change.
“As we work to meet the needs of the next generation of Americans, we’re also working to address the challenges facing our states,” Obama said in a statement.
“We’ll use this money to help rebuild our infrastructure, boost our economic security, and provide the resources that help us keep our communities safe, thrive, and prosperous.”
The federal government has already spent $9 billion on climate change programs, with another $1 billion planned for the end of the year.
But it is unclear how much of the new money will be spent to help state and local governments cope with climate change and the economic downturn.
The president also announced an extension of the temporary unemployment insurance program.
The stimulus package was a response to the worst drought in half a century and is expected to generate more than $1 trillion over the course of the first four years.
It also includes a $500 billion stimulus for the Department of Defense.