In a last-minute deal to get its $42 billion economic stimulus package passed, the Australia’s governing Labor Party has agreed to a compromise deal with independent Senator Nick Xenopon. The amended package will include a commitment to spend $900 million on water management, made up of $500 million in the next three and a half years to buy back water in the Murray-Darling Basin, $200 million in grants to assist local communities in water saving and planning for the future and $200 million for stormwater harvesting projects.

Meanwhile,  the US Senate-House Conference Committee has amended America’s $790 billion economic stimulus package to exclude nuclear and "clean coal" projects from obtaining benefits under the $50 billion Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program which is intended for renewable energy projects.