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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • Congressional Republicans threaten to take us back to the failed policies that created the economic crisis -- siding with the special interests: Wall Street banks, credit card companies, Big Oil, and insurance companies.
  • These economic and fiscal policies created the Bush recession -- the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression , with job losses of nearly 800,000 a month -- and nearly doubled our national debt. 

Philadelphia Daily News (Pennsylvania) - Philly's science boost [DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Robert Brady (PA-1) and Chaka Fattah (PA-2)]

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is generating jobs and investments in an area in which Philadelphia is already a leader: higher education and scientific research.

The Recovery Act has delivered the largest increase in basic funding in the history of federally funded scientific research - $21.5 billion.

To date, Penn has received $171 million in Recovery Act grants for some 350 research studies and 700 jobs in gene therapy, robotics, public education, neurological disorders, cardiovascular disease and more.

The Recovery Act averted a worse economic crisis by extending tax relief, unemployment benefits, health insurance, and food stamps to more than half a million men, women, and children in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia public schools and universities have received millions of stimulus dollars for research, literacy, special education, early childhood education, after-school programs, entrepreneurial training, libraries, and technology upgrades. [5/13/10]

WNCT CBS-9 (North Carolina) - Tracking Stimulus Dollars in North Carolina [DISTRICTS MENTIONED: G.K. Butterfield (NC-1) and R-Walter Jones (NC-3): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

There are projects completed or under construction all across the state. Here in the east, Pitt, Lenoir and Onslow counties will receive the most money.

Pitt will get $94.8 dollars, Lenoir $98.2 million and Onslow more than $104 million.

In Lenoir County, 64 million federal dollars built the Felix Harvey Parkway.

“I think it's huge and I think it's huge because it reaches more than just Lenoir County because it's an eastern region project,” said [Mark] Pope [Lenoir County Economic Director].

He says it also meant putting nearly 2,000 people back to work.

And jobs are one of the primary reasons behind the recovery money; from construction projects, to cops on the street. [5/14/10]

Big Island Video News (Hawaii) - Stimulus gets 400 needy Big Island youth summer jobs

About 400 young people who live on the Big Island of Hawaii and meet certain criteria will be able to earn wages this summer, through the 2010 Summer Youth Employment Program.

Although the effort is designed to put money in the pockets of youth from low-income families, Aiona said it is also an opportunity for them to gain valuable work experience in public service jobs.

About 1000 summer jobs are expected to be created across the state. [5/13/10]

WTHR NBC-13 (Indiana) - Indiana projects feel impact of stimulus funds

From weatherization to transportation, taxpayers are giving Indiana almost $4 billion in stimulus cash.

The bridge work at US 31 on the south side and a new bridge in Broad Ripple add up to about $477 million in roads alone with 406 jobs.

Aid to schools is the biggest piece. About $626 million in federal stimulus funds kept over 13,000 school staff working when local school budgets crashed.

They will feel the stimulus in Fountain Square come winter. Some houses there are getting weatherization help with the first $65 million in grants coming through the Indiana Housing Agency to local groups.

'We will need to bring on 2,000 contractors statewide just to meet the demand,' said Paul Krievins with Indiana Housing Authority.[5/13/10] - The Stimulus Package: Where Did the Money Go? [MEMBER MENTIONED: Loretta Sanchez (CA-47)]

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 -- better known as the stimulus package -- has been a historic effort to save the economy from utter catastrophe.

Nationwide, the stimulus package has saved or created nearly 2 million jobs, most economists agree.

the benefits of the stimulus package are palpable in places like Orange County, California, according to Congresswoman Sanchez.

In her district, it has meant that schools slated for closure have stayed open, police departments facing force reductions have kept cops on the street, creeks prone to flooding have found funding for restoration and clogged freeways have been widened.

Keeping the schools open, she said, has arguably been the most noteworthy benefit. [5/10]

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