- 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.
Yesterday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is providing loan guarantees through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to 15 businesses in 10 states to provide economic opportunities and create jobs. The loan guarantees announced today will create or save an estimated 1,359 jobs.
“Today's announcement is an example of how the Obama Administration is working to create jobs and rebuild and revitalize rural America to ensure that working people in communities throughout the country have a brighter future,” Vilsack said. “The loan guarantees we are announcing will help businesses grow, create jobs and promote economic opportunity in rural America.” [USDA, 10/26/10]
Las Vegas Review-Journal (Nevada) - Downtown bus transit center unveiled
[MEMBERS MENTIONED: Shelley Berkley (NV-1) and Dina Titus (NV-3)]
…this gathering was to celebrate the completion of the Regional Transportation Commission's $17 million Bonneville Transit Center, which will open at the corner of Bonneville Avenue and City Center Drive on Nov. 7.
The building also reflects the transportation commission's push to get commuters out of their vehicles…
Politicians credited President Barack Obama's stimulus package for allowing the transportation commission to build the downtown station.
U.S. Reps. Shelley Berkley and Dina Titus, both D-Nev., voted in favor of the president's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which contributed $5.5 million in funding to the transit center. Berkley said the word 'stimulus' has since become a dirty, polarizing word in the political arena, but added that without the package, the 1,200 workers who built the facility probably would have been unemployed. [10/26/10]
The Sacramento Bee (California) - $715 million coming for train
[MEMBERS MENTIONED: Dennis Cardoza (CA-18) and Jim Costa (CA-20)]
A big federal grant could mean California's high-speed passenger rail system will begin construction in the central San Joaquin Valley.
Two congressmen and one of California's senators announced Monday that $715 million has been allocated for building the first portion of the system in the Central Valley.
'This will begin the first phase of construction of state-of-the-art, high-speed rail in our nation' between Merced and Bakersfield, Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, said at a news conference at downtown Fresno's Amtrak station.
Earlier this year, the rail authority received more than $2 billion in federal stimulus funds for its high-speed rail program and in August applied for more. With the addition of this round of money and matching funds from a high-speed rail bond approved by California voters in 2008, the authority will have more than $4 billion available to start construction on the first piece of the system.
'I am grateful that these funds are being allocated to the San Joaquin Valley and am pleased to see all of our hard work and advocacy bearing tangible results. There is no region more deserving of the jobs and the economic stimulus that will accompany this project,' said Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced.
An economic analysis by the state rail authority estimates the project would create as many as 600,000 construction jobs over the coming decade, including as many as 135,000 jobs in the Central Valley. [10/25/10]
Twin Cities Business (Minnesota) - St. Paul's Union Depot Project to Get $40M Grant
[MEMBER MENTIONED: Betty McCollum (MN-4)]
Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum announced Monday that the U.S. Department of Transportation will award $40 million to fund renovation of the Union Depot in downtown St. Paul.
The grant adds to $35 million in stimulus funds awarded to the project in February.
According to McCollum, the project will create 3,000 jobs between January 2011 and the end of 2012.
“Transforming the Union Depot into a multi-modal transportation hub will make St. Paul--and the entire state of Minnesota--more economically competitive,” McCollum said in a statement. [10/26/10]
The Dorchester Reporter (Massachusetts) - Dot House celebrates groundbreaking for new wing
[DISTRICT MENTIONED: Michael Capuano (MA-8)]
The Dorchester House Multi-Service Center celebrates a groundbreaking for “The Doctor Will See You NOW!”, the 23,536 square foot addition and renovation expansion of the health center. This $11 million project is supported by a $7.02 million federal stimulus grant.
Dorchester House was among only 8 health centers in Massachusetts to receive ARRA funds for facility expansion. The project will add much needed walk-in/urgent care, expand the number of primary care exam rooms, and double the size of the clinic pharmacy - thereby creating access for over 6,600 new patients. In the spirit of the stimulus funds, The NOW! expansion provides about 130 construction related jobs and creates 28 full-time positions within the expanded health center. [10/26/10]
WIFR CBS-23 (Illinois) - Local Hospitals Receive Funds for Job Training
Rockford Health System is receiving half a million dollars to train 834 employees.
The director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity highlighted the federal stimulus dollars at Rockford Memorial Hospital today. It's all part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The tools will help increase the quality and efficiency of local health care to lead to more satisfied patients, while helping our unemployment. [10/26/10]