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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 Bush economic and fiscal policies created 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 take America in a New Direction, working to create American jobs and a strong new foundation for our economy, protecting Main Street and the middle class. 

Yesterday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced 10 Recovery Act investments to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, create jobs, and improve education and healthcare across the country. The investments, totaling more than $63 million in grants, will increase broadband access and adoption in more than a dozen states.

'These critical Recovery Act investments will create jobs and lay the groundwork for long-term sustainable economic growth in communities across America,' [Secretary Locke]. [4/26/10]

KFOX FOX-15 (Texas) - Multimillion-Dollar Grant Helps El Pasoans In Need [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Silvestre Reyes (TX-16)]

A $3 million grant is helping El Pasoans get back on track and back on their feet. The goal is to target El Pasoans in danger of becoming homeless or those who need assistance finding a place to live.

…low-income individuals and families facing eviction can qualify for three full months of paid rent and utilities and another 15 months of having partial bills paid.

El Paso's Department of Community and Human Development received a three-year grant through the federal stimulus program. A total of $3.3 million have been allocated to help the residents in El Paso County who are homeless and those in jeopardy of being evicted. [4/27/10]

Puget Sound Business Journal (Washington) - Pend Oreille County gets $27M in fed broadband funds [DISTRICT MENTIONED: R- Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Pend Oreille County in far northwest Washington will get a $27.3 million federal grant for improved high-speed broadband access.

The county, with only about 12,000 people, will see broadband delivered to about 3,200 households, 360 businesses and 24 community institutions such as libraries and schools.

The money comes from the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds. [4/26/10]

The Oak Ridger (Tennessee) - County, cities receive energy grants [DISTRICT MENTIONED: R- Zach Wamp (TN-3): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Gov. Phil Bredesen and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber recently announced Anderson County was awarded $100,000 in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or 'federal stimulus.'

The EECBG program is expected to support more than 100 Tennessee jobs and produce more than 65 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy savings annually, resulting in a cost savings in excess of $5.5 million per year for Tennessee communities.

'These Recovery Act grants will improve energy efficiency in cities and counties throughout the state as local governments lead by example in their energy conservation efforts,' Bredesen said. 'I applaud these communities that are incorporating energy efficiency measures into their strategic plans and demonstrating the importance of reducing energy consumption.' [4/27/10]

KWQC NBC-6 (Illinois) - Subsidized Jobs In Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn Monday unveiled the 'Put Illinois to Work' program, an anti-poverty program aimed at building a healthy workforce by putting unemployed residents back to work. The new program is expected to create more than 15,000 jobs.

'The program will also assist in building a workforce that possesses the skills, abilities and experience that Illinois employers need to remain competitive in the U.S. and global marketplace,' said Governor Quinn.

Funding is provided through stimulus money through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund, which was created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. [4/26/10]

KIVI ABC-6 (Idaho) - St. Luke's Gets $5m to Improve Cancer Care

The federal stimulus bill will help St. Luke's Mountains States Tumor Institute fight cancer.

 MSTI is among 14 new cancer centers chosen by the National Cancer Institute to join a national network of community cancer centers with a shared mission to expand research and care opportunities at hospitals serving largely rural, suburban, small town and underserved populations.

 As one of the new cancer centers joining the effort, St. Luke's MSTI will receive $5 million over the next two years for research, clinical trials, outreach efforts and more. [4/26/10]

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