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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 -- doing the bidding of the special interests: Wall Street banks, credit card companies, Big Oil, and insurance companies - and getting rewarded by their corporate friends.
  • These extreme Republican 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. 
  • Democrats in Congress will continue to address the major issues confronting our nation and take America in a New Direction - creating good American jobs, the lowest taxes in 60 years for the middle class and small businesses, closing tax loopholes that send jobs overseas, and building a strong new foundation for the American economy.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $29 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to develop and expand weatherization training centers across the country. These projects will provide green job training for local workers in energy efficiency retrofitting and weatherization services.

“These investments in efficiency training programs will help build a foundation for long-term growth in America. Energy efficiency improves the competitiveness of our economy, benefits the environment, and puts Americans back to work,” [said Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman]. [6/4/10]

KVUE ABC-33 (Texas) - New courthouse puts people to work [MEMBER MENTIONED: Lloyd Doggett (TX-25)]

The new federal courthouse being built in Austin is one of the largest construction projects to be built with federal stimulus dollars.

One federal official said it's not about the bricks and mortar, it's about putting people to work.

[Congressman Lloyd] Doggett, federal officials and the construction company were at the site just west of Republic Square Park in downtown Austin Friday to give a progress report.

'This building would not be happening now if it were not for the recovery act,' Doggett said.

Officials say about 100 people are working on the site and by the time the courthouse is completed, nearly 2,000 people will have worked directly on the building. [6/5/10]

Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio) - More help promised to veterans [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Marcia Fudge (OH-11)]

The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs said Friday that he wants to eliminate homelessness among veterans in the United States within five years.

The [Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical] Center is in the midst of a $526 million improvement project.

The VA estimates nearly 24,000 jobs will be created during the huge building program, including 9,975 jobs credited to the coming redevelopment of the Brecksville VA site, before work is completed in 2012.

More than $15 million in federal stimulus money has been provided to the Cleveland VA facility, creating more than 500 jobs.

The federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus money will be used to make improvements in the surgical area and hematology and oncology departments and for energy conservation. [6/5/10]

The Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) - Signs point to recovery: Stimulus funds give $60M boost to area economy [DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Dennis Moore (KS-3) and R-Lynn Jenkins (KS-2): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

As of the end of March, more than $60 million in federal funds has come to Douglas County. That money has generated or helped maintain about 150 jobs, according to ARRA reports.

Almost 130 grants or contracts have been awarded in Douglas County.

The combination of the Clinton Parkway and New York Street projects has kept about 50 people employed. And, the construction at the North Lawrence intersection has provided about 40 jobs.

At KU [Kansas University], the stimulus money for research has resulted in 45 jobs. Most of those positions are being filled by graduate, post-doctoral students and lab technicians, not the professors leading the research. [6/7/10]

Denver Business Journal (Colorado) - Colorado gets $963K from stimulus for weatherization job-training

The Colorado Governor's Energy Office is receiving $963,000 in federal stimulus funds to expand weatherization training programs and establish a new training center in Denver.

'The partnership will develop eight weatherization certificate programs and deliver trainings through a combination of online, classroom, and field teaching methods,' the Energy Department statement said. 'It will also create a certification requirement for weatherization workers in the program, utilize a web-based performance tracking system, cultivate local trainers, and train approximately 460 Coloradans in various weatherization positions.' [6/5/10]

The Oregonian - Oregon wins $1 million for weatherization workforce training

Oregon will get $1 million in stimulus funds to train workers to weatherize homes, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Friday.

The state's goal is to make 5,000 homes more energy efficient. About 1,200 have been weatherized so far. With $38.5 million already allocated from federal stimulus grants for weatherization, there aren't enough workers to meet the demand. The state will need 500 new workers to meet its goal, Gov. Ted Kulongoski said. [6/4/10]

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