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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • Democrats are moving America forward while Congressional Republicans admit they want to take us back to the “exact same” failed policies that put the special interests ahead of the Middle Class. 
  • The Congressional Republican agenda favors shipping good-paying American jobs overseas, handing Social Security to Wall Street and Medicare to the insurance companies.  That agenda is being secretly funded and promoted by shadowy front groups and corporate special interests. 

Chico News and Review (California) - Congressman slams the stimulus program, then goes for the bucks

[MEMBER MENTIONED: R-Wally Herger (CA-2): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

One of the mantras House Republicans, including our own Rep. Wally Herger, have been repeating for months is that the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act--otherwise known as the federal stimulus program--is a waste of money and isn't creating jobs. That's what they say, anyway.

On Sept. 11, 2009, Herger wrote to Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood “strongly” endorsing the South Redding I-5 Widening Project. The project “is critical to maintaining mobility on Interstate 5, benefiting our regional, state, and national economy,” Herger writes. [10/21/10]

Great Falls Tribune (Montana) - After opposing stimulus, Rehberg asked administration to help Montana projects

[MEMBER MENTIONED: R-Denny Rehberg (MT-At Large): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Rep. Denny Rehberg minced few words last year criticizing President Barack Obama's nearly $800 billion economic stimulus plan, saying it was “filled with wasteful spending that will do nothing to jump-start the economy but will permanently bloat the federal government and make future tax increases inevitable.”

Over the next few months, the Montana Republican wrote three letters to federal agencies, asking them to approve millions in stimulus aid for projects in his home state -- a rural electric cooperative in Kallispell and Internet providers in Fairfield and Huntley. [10/19/10]

The Hour (Connecticut) - WorkPlace honors Green-Up graduates

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Jim Himes (CT-4)]

The WorkPlace, Inc., this week -- joined by Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) -- honored the first class of graduates in the Green-Up Bridgeport initiative. The project is made possible by a $4 million grant through the U.S. Department of Labor's Pathways Out of Poverty program, which is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The purpose of these grants is to teach workers the skills required in high growth and emerging industries, including energy efficiency and renewable energy.

'This federal investment in occupational skills training is critical for Bridgeport's workforce to be ready to meet the challenges of the emerging energy efficiency, renewable energy and other green industries,' Himes said. 'Putting Americans back to work now is absolutely critical.'

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis visited The WorkPlace, Inc. in March to kick off the job-training program. More than 400 individuals have completed an orientation process and more than 200 have completed the initial training that encourages participants to review their career options. [10/20/10]

The Augusta Chronicle (Georgia) - SRS reaches cleanup milestone

One of Savannah River Site's largest cleanup projects was completed two years ahead of schedule due in part to extra funding and workers provided under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.

“M Area cleanup marks a significant step toward meeting our environmental commitments at SRS, and toward reducing the operating footprint associated with the site's past mission,” she [Assistant Energy Secretary for Environmental Management Ines Triay] said. “At the same time, we were able to create or retain more than 3,600 jobs at SRS and train those workers, which are exactly the type of return we anticipated from our investment in the Recovery Act program.” [10/20/10]

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