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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Recovery Act by President Obama.  Democrats in the House and Administration officials will be holding events this week to discuss the impact of the recovery package -- highlighting local job creation efforts - and other legislation in the works to help create jobs and expand small businesses. 

Democrats will continue to call out those who speak out against the Recovery Act in Washington, but sing its praises in their Congressional Districts.   

Wall Street Journal - Democrats Go After Stimulus Critics

Democrats, stung by criticism of their $787 billion economic-stimulus plan, are targeting Republicans who have attacked the program and then lobbied to get money for their districts.

More than a dozen Republican lawmakers supported stimulus-funding requests submitted to the Department of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Forest Service, in letters obtained by The Wall Street Journal through the Freedom of Information Act.  [2/16/10]

Last week, the Obama Administration announced a total of nearly $1 billion in Recovery Act awards to help health care providers advance the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology (IT) and train workers for the health care jobs of the future.   The awards will help make health IT available to over 100,000 hospitals and primary care physicians by 2014 and train thousands of people for careers in health care and information technology.  [2/12/10]

WXNT Newsradio 840 (Nevada) - Cancer Institute Receives Stimulus Money

The Nevada Cancer Institute will benefit from the federal stimulus package. The Labor Department says the facility will receive nearly three-point-three million dollars toward training health care workers. Congresswoman Shelley Berkley says the money will help College of Southern Nevada students find career opportunities in the health field, including nursing and research. Berkley estimates the funding will train just over a hundred potential workers. The state Health and Human Services Department will also get six-point-one million dollars in stimulus funding, to help health care providers adopt the latest information technology. [2/15/10]

The Union Leader (New Hampshire) - UNH nets $2.9m in stimulus money to train health care providers

The University of New Hampshire in Durham is getting a $2.9 million federal grant to train 1,000 unemployed residents as licensed nursing assistants and other health care related fields.

'New Hampshire's population is aging and will need more skilled health care workers,' 1st District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., said. [2/12/10]

WBIR NBC-10 (Tennessee) - Tenn. gets $12M stimulus grant for health records

Gov. Phil Bredesen has announced Tennessee will receive nearly $12 million in federal stimulus money to help health care providers use and exchange more electronic health information.

About $7.3 million of Tennessee share will be used by QSource, the state's Medicaid quality improvement organization, to establish a regional extension center in Nashville. The center will help health care professionals.

An additional $5 million grant from the Department of Labor will go to Centerstone of Tennessee Inc. for job training in the health care field. [2/15/10]

Miami Herald (Florida) - South Florida doctors to get $8.5M for tech upgrade

South Florida is getting $8.5 million in federal stimulus money to help doctors and other healthcare providers convert to electronic record keeping.

The grant, the first of its kind in Florida, will establish the South Florida Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center, which will employ about 40 workers over the next three years to assist about 1,500 primary care providers in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties in making the switch from paper to computer-based records. [2/16/10]

The San Diego Union Tribune (California) - Stimulus grant to aid S.D. biotech sector

A group of San Diego organizations announced yesterday that they will receive $4.95 million in federal stimulus money to support efforts to train and place people in jobs in the biotechnology industry.

The three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will support the “Biotechnology Readiness, Immersion, Certification and Degrees for Gainful Employment” program, or BRIDGE, to be administered through San Diego State University.

BRIDGE aims to provide services to more than 1,000 veterans, unemployed people and others, with programs available at a variety of levels, from high school students to people with graduate degrees. [2/16/10]

St. Louis Business Journal (Missouri) - St. Louis weatherization program creates 39 jobs

A program that provides weatherization assistance to low-income St. Louis residents has created 39 new green jobs and could add more.

Last year, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, led by President and Chief Executive Jim Buford, received nearly $7.4 million in federal stimulus money to provide free home weatherizing for low-income families and to expand the program to residents with income at the 200 percent of the federal poverty level. [2/15/10]

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