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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.

WANE CBS-15 (Indiana) - Obama announces $400 Million offer for solar panel manufacturing

President Obama announced Saturday the offer of a conditional commitment for a loan guarantee of $400 million to Abound Solar Manufacturing, LLC to manufacture state-of-the-art thin-film solar panels.

Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, this project includes two facilities, one in Longmont, Colorado and the other in Tipton, Indiana.

The company anticipates that the project will create approximately 2,000 jobs during construction and 1,500 permanent jobs.

“This project is yet another example what the Recovery Act has done in communities across the country in creating the new, clean energy jobs of the future,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. [6/3/10]

Business Courier of Cincinnati (Ohio) - Ohio gets $30M broadband stimulus grant

A public-private state partnership has been awarded $30 million in federal stimulus funding for a project to extend broadband access in Ohio, including parts of Butler, Clinton and Warren counties.

The Ohio Middle Mile Consortium, a group of broadband providers around Ohio, sought the grant on behalf of the state. Gov. Ted Strickland said the funding will support the construction of 700 miles of high-capacity fiber to rural and underserved communities in 28 western counties. More than 300 jobs could be created as a result of the project. [7/6/10]

The Courier Journal (Kentucky) - Federal money to fund job training

Nearly $1 million of federal stimulus money is being sent to Kentucky to fund on-the-job training for about 160 long-term unemployed workers, Gov. Steve Beshear's office announced Tuesday.

About 64 employers across the state to provide training through the On-the-Job Training National Emergency Grant grant. In exchange for providing training, the employer will be reimbursed for at least 50 percent of the employee's wages. [7/6/10]

KPIX CBS-5 (California) - Stimulus Check Helps Fairfield Avoid Layoffs

[MEMBER MENTIONED: John Garamendi (CA- 10)]

The Fairfield Police Department will receive a symbolic $1.55 million federal stimulus fund check Tuesday morning that will prevent the layoffs of five police officers.

Congressman John Garamendi will present the check to the Mayor Harry Price in front of Fairfield City Hall… [7/5/10]

The Prescott Daily Courier (Arizona) - Youth Conservation Corps transforms local teens

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1)]

A one-time federal stimulus contribution of $175,000 allowed the Prescott National Forest to hire a contractor and eight crew leaders to oversee 40 teens ages 15-18 at paid jobs.

For a month in mid-June to mid-July, the teens are tending to myriad chores throughout the 1.2-million-acre forest. They also are learning why the work is necessary.

The projects run the gamut and include trail bridge repairs, corral and fence removal and construction, wildlife drink tank repairs, pulling non-native weeds, rehabilitating wildfire containment lines, seeding timber sale areas, removing non-native fish, camp site improvements and trail repairs. [7/7/10]

Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Work to Begin on Extending Downeaster Train Service to Brunswick

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Chellie Pingree (ME-1)]

An agreement has been struck between Maine and federal officials that will allow work to begin almost immediately on extending Amtrak Downeaster train service to Brunswick. That's according to Maine 1st District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, who says the $35 million extension project will create jobs in Maine this summer.

I'm very happy that this project is moving forward,' Pingree says in a statement. 'It means putting jobs on the ground quickly in the short term and economic sustainability for the region over the long haul.'

The project is being funded by a Recovery Act grant. [7/6/10]

The San Francisco Examiner (California) - Sen. Boxer visits Doyle Drive project, touts efforts to bring jobs to state

Boxer joined Mayor Gavin Newsom, Metropolitan Transportation Commission Executive Director Steve Heminger and a group of workers on Doyle Drive, the site of a project that has received more than $100 million in federal stimulus money for seismic improvements and traffic safety measures.

Doyle Drive provides direct access to the Golden Gate Bridge, and carries more than 100,000 commuters each weekday. The road has deteriorated since its construction in 1936, and is being replaced in a project that is expected to wrap up in 2013.

Boxer called the project “the biggest job construction site in the Bay Area,” and an example of how “we're putting people back to work ... and we're doing it all over the state.” [7/6/10]

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