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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • Congressional Republicans support Wall Street banks, credit card companies, Big Oil, and insurance companies - the special interests that benefited from George Bush's policies and created the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. A decade of Republican rule nearly doubled our national debt.  Why would we go back? 
  • Democrats in Congress are fighting to help small businesses create jobs here at home.  Democrats are taking America in a New Direction - creating good American jobs, providing the lowest taxes in 60 years for the middle class and small businesses, and closing tax loopholes that send jobs overseas.

Today, President Obama announced $795 million in grants and loans through the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture matched by over $200 million in outside investment, for 66 Recovery Act broadband projects nationwide.  The projects will create approximately 5,000 jobs up front, helping to create jobs for years to come. In total, tens of millions of Americans and over 685,000 businesses, 900 healthcare facilities and 2,400 schools in all fifty states stand to benefit from the awards. [White House, 7/2/10]

Kokomo Perspective (Indiana) - Congressman Donnelly announces $1.9 million grant to rehire 13 Kokomo firefighters

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Joe Donnelly (IN-2)]

On Friday, June 25, U.S. Congressman Joe Donnelly announced that the Kokomo Fire Department has received a $1.9 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant to quickly rehire 13 firefighters.  The grant is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Donnelly supported in February 2009.

 “I'm happy the Kokomo Fire Department will be able to put 13 more brave firefighters back to work protecting the community,” said Donnelly.  “This is a perfect example of the ongoing investments in our Hoosier workforce made by the Recovery Act.  Not only are these funds putting people back to work, they are investing in the Kokomo community and making it a safer place to live.  I'm pleased my office was able to help.”

Through this grant, FEMA provides funding directly to fire departments to rehire laid-off firefighters or to fill positions that were left vacant due to economic challenges faced by local governments between Jan. 1, 2008, and Oct. 31, 2009. [7/1/10]

Sayville Patch (New York) - West Sayville Fire Department Goes Solar

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Steve Israel (NY-2)]

Congressman Steve Israel recently joined with West Sayville Fire Department Chief Kelly Barns, Commissioner Tom McNamara, chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners, as well as other representatives from the West Sayville Fire Department to announce a grant that will allow the West Sayville-Oakdale Fire District to expand their solar panel system. The West Sayville Fire Department is now the first department in the state to go solar.

The grant, which is funded by the Recovery Act through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, will provide for a 10 kW photovoltaic system, which will yield an estimated annual savings of $2,000.

Congressman Israel, who was on hand to announce the $79,000 grant, explained that the federal stimulus bill focuses on helping projects focused on clean, renewable energy. 'This will reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and lower utility bills,' he said. [7/1/10]

Southern California Public Radio - LA County awarded $8M grant for energy savings programs

An $8 million state grant will fund Los Angeles County programs to improve residential energy efficiency upgrades and to increase green workforce training opportunities, it was announced today.

The grant, funded through federal economic stimulus dollars, was among $12.9 million awarded to three counties through the California Energy Commission.

The combined grants will help provide energy upgrades to 10,800 single-family homes and 2,000 multi-family buildings, according to the state.

The recipients will also use the funds to partner with various community colleges, local economic development programs and building industry organizations to create or retain 2,000 clean energy jobs. [7/1/10]

Vermont Public Radio - VT Gets $47 Million For Broadband

Two Vermont telecommunications groups are getting $47 million in federal stimulus money to build fiber optic networks. The money is the largest public investment in broadband infrastructure ever made in the state.

And, New Hampshire has been awarded $44 million for their broad band initiatives. The money will go to the New Hampshire Network Now initiative at the University of New Hampshire. The university says the funds will create nearly 700 jobs and provide affordable internet access to 12,000 businesses and 700 community institutions.  [7/2/10]

Boston Herald (Massachusetts) - Mass. to receive $45M from feds for broadband

Massachusetts is set to receive $45 million in federal stimulus dollars to expand broadband access in the largely rural western part of the state.

The $45 million grant will be matched with an additional $26 million to deliver affordable, high speed Internet access. The grant calls for constructing more than 1,300 miles of new fiber.

The Massachusetts Technology Park, which received the grant, estimates that the project will create hundreds of jobs.

The project could improve Internet access for more than 1 million residents and thousands of businesses. [7/2/10]

New Mexico Independent - More than $1 million earmarked for early childhood development

Early childhood programs hit hard by cuts taking effect Thursday will avoid that budget pain thanks to $1 million in federal stimulus money, Gov. Bill Richardson announced Wednesday.

The federal dollars will replace hundreds of thousands of state dollars New Mexico state lawmakers cut from funding that pays for infant home visits in 22 New Mexico counties and for child care of homeless children in Albuquerque and Las Cruces. [7/1/10]

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