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Biden touts stimulus spending at Grand Canyon

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Hundreds of stimulus-funded projects are under way at national parks this summer
  • Biden praises job creation and the preservation of "wondrous works"

(CNN) -- Vice President Joe Biden visited Grand Canyon National Park on Tuesday to check in on construction and maintenance projects being funded by stimulus money meant to help kick-start a struggling economy.

About $25 million in Recovery Act funding was tagged for projects in Yellowstone and Grand Canyon parks, where 1,000 people have been put to work on 17 projects, according to the White House. Roughly 800 Recovery Act projects are under way at parks nationwide this summer.

"In difficult times, especially, we need and are blessed to have parks like this," Biden said on the rim of the Grand Canyon. "This is among God's most wondrous works."