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Nearly One-Third of Stimulus Paid Out in 2009

The federal government has spent $254 billion of the $792 billion authorized under the stimulus package, according to the latest numbers available on That figure includes $161 billion in direct spending and an estimated $93 billion in tax cuts.

The holiday season didn’t seem to slow down the spending. Stimulus spending in December was about $20 billion, according to figures on the site, which is the official hub for stimulus information. That roughly matched pace with the rate of spending the previous month.

You can follow our weekly updates of stimulus spending by visiting our handy Stimulus Progress Bar.

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