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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, Vice President Biden and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $220 million in Recovery Act funding for 15 communities across the country to serve as pilot communities for eventual wide-scale use of health information technology through the Beacon Community program.  The awards will not only help achieve meaningful and measurable improvements in health care quality, safety and efficiency in the selected communities, but also help lay the groundwork for an emerging health IT industry that is expected to support tens of thousands of jobs.

“Thanks to the Recovery Act's historic investment in health IT, we're not only advancing the way health care is delivered in this country, we're also building a whole new industry along with it - one that will shape our 21st Century economy for generations to come and employ tens of thousands of American workers,” [Vice President Biden]. [5/4/10]

The Buffalo News (New York) - $16 million grant makes WNY diabetes 'Beacon' [MEMBERS MENTIONED: Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Louise Slaughter (NY-28)]

A $16.1 million federal economic-stimulus grant will mean an unprecedented level of preventive care for 60,000 diabetes patients in Western New York, as medical providers and insurers collaborate to use technology to keep patients on top of their treatment.

'This is a great leap forward for Western New York and the Western New York health care leadership,' said Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo.

'This is a fantastic use of federal stimulus dollars putting Buffalo at the forefront of patient care,' said Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport. [5/5/10]

The Times- Tribune (Pennsylvania) - Geisinger receives $16 million in stimulus money for health exchange network  [MEMBER MENTIONED: Paul Kanjorski (PA-11)]

Geisinger Health System has received more than $16 million in federal Recovery Act funds that will be used to enhance patient care by expanding its health information exchange network into five additional counties in Pennsylvania.

U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, D-11, Nanticoke, joined Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in Washington on Tuesday as they announced Geisinger would serve in a pilot program for eventual wide-scale use of health information technology through a 'Beacon Community program.'

Geisinger Health System will create 30 to 50 jobs, including information technology workers and case manager,…

'Through the Beacon Community program and the expansion of health information using new technologies, Geisinger can work to further enhance care for the patients at its facilities, as well as those at other health care institutions,' Mr. Kanjorski said. 'This program helps bring our health care community together for the betterment of patients while also creating jobs at home.' [5/5/10]

Indianapolis Business Journal - Central Indiana gets $16M in health IT stimulus [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Andre Carson (IN-7)]

The central Indiana area has been selected as one of 15 communities that will share in $220 million worth of grants for pilot projects to test health-care information technology, the federal government announced Tuesday afternoon.

The Indiana Health Information Exchange Inc., a not-for-profit organization in Indianapolis, will receive $16 million to help it expand its reach.

The grants will create as many as 1,100 jobs[5/4/10]

Contra Costa Times (California) - Grant provides job training for low-income West County kids [DISTRICTS MENTIONED: George Miller (CA-7), John Garamendi (CA-10), Jerry McNerney (CA-11)]

A $500,000 grant will allow 200 low-income West Contra Costa students to get employment training over the summer and academic help in the next school year.

The 'Bridges to Success' grant comes from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds through the state's Employment Development Department. It is being matched with another $500,000 from local sources -- $400,000 from the city of Richmond and Contra Costa County, and $100,000 from Chevron.

The funding is focused on low-income kids who are at risk for dropping out of school. It will allow students to take classes such as resume writing, workshop training and management. They also will get academic assessment related to jobs in the health, science and environmental professions, as well as green construction. [5/3/10]

Mid Hudson News (New York) - Groundbreaking for Hudson Valley Rail Trail extension [MEMBER MENTIONED: Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)]

Phase II of the Hudson Valley Rail Trail got underway Tuesday as officials broke ground for the project that is funded by more than $3.1 million in stimulus money.

Congressman Maurice Hinchey supports the project. “All of this is really marvelous; it's marvelous because it's bringing a significant number of people into our area. It's upgrading the economy because of people coming in and it's also very important for the opportunity it gives to families to take their children out and walk with them on this very warm and safe way on these trails,” he said. [5/5/10]

The Daily Record (Ohio) - Bridge repair under way

This construction season will be the largest ever undertaken by the Ohio Department of Transportation with projects in all 88 counties, the District 3 deputy director said Monday.

John Hart spoke about two bridge projects totaling $2.75 million along Interstate 71 in Wayne County, as well as the $2 billion in projects awarded for this season. The bridge projects are being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The historic investment will help ignite Ohio's economy, modernize all modes of transportation in the state and create jobs, Hart said. Every $1 billion spent will mean 27,500 jobs, so $4 billion investment will amount to about 110,000 jobs, he added. [5/4/10]

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