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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. 

St. Petersburg Times (Florida) - Florida gets another $800 million in stimulus for high-speed rail

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Kathy Castor (FL-11)]

Florida is getting another $800 million in stimulus money for a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando, adding to $1.25 billion President Obama announced in January.

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, said, “People are already at work on the Tampa-to-Orlando segment, and workshops are under way for small-business owners to tap into new business opportunities. Today's major investment means that thousands more Floridians will be put to work.” [10/25/10]

WALB NBC-10 (Georgia) - 13 million in stimulus funds, brings broadband to Southwest GA

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Sanford Bishop (GA-2)]

Thirteen million dollars in stimulus money is being routed through the U.S. Agriculture Department to bring broadband service to five south Georgia counties.

The service is expected to save and create jobs in Baker, Calhoun, Early Mitchell, and Miller Counties. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stood alongside Congressman Sanford Bishop for today's announcement at the South Georgia Regional Information Technology Authority.

'The access, the connectivity to broadband opens up possibilities that are just so tremendous in terms of improving the quality of life and facilitating success,' said Rep. Sanford Bishop, (D)-Georgia. [10/25/10]

The Hudson Reporter (New Jersey) - Stimulus money goes to ‘work'

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Albio Sires (NJ-13)]

The federal government's response to the economic recession has been to pour billions of taxpayer dollars into “bailouts” and “stimulus” programs, but many people are asking, “Where is all this money going?”

North Hudson Community Action Corporation (NHCAC) attempted to provide some answers to that question on Tuesday during a special press conference, attended by Rep. Albio Sires (D-13th), highlighting their efforts to use the stimulus money they received to better the community.

Some $1.54 million was used for homeless programs, employment training, addiction counseling and health screenings which led to over 200 people being placed in jobs and/or training programs, over 11,000 being served with free health screenings, and two licensed bilingual counselors and a support staff person hired to handle addiction services.

But at the heart of a press conference on Oct. 19 was the direct effect the money has had on people served - particularly those who have been able to get back to work by utilizing the free job training programs offered through NHCAC during a time when a large percentage of the population remains unemployed. [10/24/10]

Anderson Independent Mail (South Carolina) - New firm planning two plants in Anderson County

[DISTRICTS MENTIONED: R- J. Gresham Barrett (SC-3): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

A green-energy company that is a spinoff of Ace Environmental Inc. will make a $30 million investment to build two plants in Anderson County, and to lure it, the county is offering it $10.2 million in federal-stimulus bonds.

The company is expected to bring 75 jobs when fully operational

The bonds transferred to the company are the remainder of Anderson County's allocation under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [10/22/10]

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