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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. 
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Rocky Mount Telegram (North Carolina) - Signs of stimulus: School construction under way

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Bob Etheridge (NC-2)]

State and local politicians donned hard hats and gathered Friday at the construction site at Middlesex Elementary to tout how federal stimulus money is helping fund renovations at the school.

“Education is the key to creating good jobs and long-term economic prosperity,” said U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, D-2nd District. “I want all of our children to go to good schools and get a good education so they will be able to succeed in the 21st century economy.”

I hear every day, somebody said, that the recovery money didn't create any jobs at all,” Etheridge said. “It's amazing. This school didn't just pop up with nobody working. You know that's not so.”

Victor Vazquez, deputy undersecretary for USDA rural development, said projects like the one taking place at Middlesex Elementary don't occur without local, state and federal leadership.

This is proof of what the reinvestment act will do,” Vazquez said. “We're starting to see that job growth and that job expansion.” [10/22/10]

The Concord Monitor (New Hampshire) - NH rail project gets $2.24 million

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Paul Hodes (NH-2)]

New Hampshire will receive a $2.24 million federal grant from Recovery Act funds to pay for planning, feasibility and environmental impact studies for the Capitol Corridor rail project.

The ultimate goal of the project will be to build a passenger rail system from Boston to Concord, with stops in Lowell, Mass., Nashua and Manchester.

U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes, who helped secure the grant, called it a “critical step” in the project. “It will allow for the completion of all the preliminary work necessary as a basis for going forward and building a passenger rail system to serve our capital corridor,” Hodes said. [10/25/10]

New Britain Herald (Connecticut) - Congressman visits school

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Chris Murphy (CT-5)]

Students in a second grade class at Lincoln Elementary School had special guest reader Friday, Congressmen Chris Murphy, who shared the democratic process while seeing first-hand how federal funds have helped retain teachers and keep class sizes reasonable.

An additional $4.3 million in federal stimulus money allowed school district officials to reinstate approximately 40 positions originally slated for layoffs during the summer because of a severe budget crunch, a problem that affected school districts across the country. The stimulus money was used to rehire teachers and help relieve what could have been a problematic issue of overcrowding in the classroom.

'The federal government didn't put any strings on this money. I heard from New Britain parents who were worried that the budgets are getting balanced on the backs of their kids,' Murphy said. 'The use of the funds were used to fill hole in this year, and some needed it to fill holes next year.' [10/22/10]

The Augusta Chronicle (Georgia) - Aiken, Edgefield counties see joblessness decline

[DISTRICTS MENTIONED: R- Joe Wilson (SC-2): Voted NO on Recovery Act and R- J. Gresham Barrett (SC-3): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Aiken and Edgefield counties continue to best most of South Carolina, with unemployment rates that place them below the state's average.

The counties have been helped by stable jobs at several large employers and federal stimulus funding that created thousands of jobs at Savannah River Site, business officials and owners said.

The nearly 3,000 short-term jobs created at SRS through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act have a multiplier effect, creating jobs and sales for companies that do business with SRS and its workers, said David Jameson, the president and CEO of the Aiken Chamber of Commerce. [10/23/10]

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