Biden touts stimulus projects in national parks

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says the hundreds of stimulus projects now under way in national parks across the U.S. are long-overdue upgrades to what he calls the country's neglected national jewels.

The vice president is on a two-day tour highlighting RecoveryAct projects in Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks. Biden spoke Monday to about 100 Yellowstone National Park employees after surveying the progress of one of the projects, the$4.7 million replacement of the Madison Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Biden says some $750 million in stimulus money has gone to 800national park projects. He says, "We're beginning to polish once again these national jewels." He says the projects have created jobs in tough times, but they needed to be done regardless of the economy.

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