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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Today, the Obama Administration issued a second quarterly report on the economic impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, prepared by the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA).  According to the report, the Recovery Act boosted economic growth and funded 1.5 million to 2 million jobs through the final quarter of 2009, with only half the funds committed.   In addition, recovery initiatives focused on clean energy production have saved or created 52,000 clean energy jobs and another 11,000 induced jobs throughout the economy. [1/13/10]

Quad-City Times (Iowa) - Braley: Stimulus package having positive impact on the Quad-City area

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, said today the federal stimulus package has had an “enormously positive impact” on the Quad-City economy.

The congressman from Waterloo said the stimulus had saved the jobs of teachers, police officers and firefighters and had created “unique transportation opportunities,” such as resurfacing work on I-74.

The state of Iowa's own reporting says that, from March through Sept. 30, more than 1,200 transportation jobs were created or saved in the state using stimulus funds. [1/11/10]

The News Journal (Florida) - Congresswoman checks on stimulus beneficiary

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, D-New Smyrna Beach, dished out lunch Monday at Palm Terrace Elementary in Daytona Beach, where she met with officials to discuss how federal stimulus funding has helped pay for school cafeteria equipment. Volusia schools received more than $125,000 in food equipment assistance grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, including $18,000 for Palm Terrace. [1/12/10]

WSIL ABC-3 (Illinois) - Villages Receive Stimulus Money

Two southern Illinois communities will receive federal stimulus funds to improve their fire departments.

U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello announced Tuesday that the Village of Elkville and the Village of Pulaski will receive grants as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Village of Elkville will receive an $80,000 loan and a $40,000 grant for the construction of a new fire station.

The Village of Pulaski will receive a $62,730 grant to renovate its fire station. [1/12/10]

KMOX CBS-4 (Missouri) - Carnahan defends stimulus spending in face of critical AP report

Congressman Russ Carnahan, a backer of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), says the Associated Press study is just one of many on the impact of stimulus spending, and they all show different results.

'We know there have been jobs saved,' Carnahan tells KMOX News.  'There was a report out recently about the number of teaching jobs, for instance, in Missouri that have been saved.  That otherwise we would have laid off a lot of teachers, firefighters, and police in our state.  So we know (the stimulus plan) has saved jobs.' [1/12/10]

The Baltimore Sun (Maryland) - A 'greener' Baltimore

Hundreds of people lined up in the cold Tuesday outside the Salvation Army center in West Baltimore to apply for 22 jobs - and a chance to make Baltimore a cleaner and greener city.

As job seekers filed inside to fill out applications and interview, Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings arrived to hoist an oversize check for $1.1 million in federal stimulus funds that the two Maryland Democrats had helped secure.

The jobs, provided through the Parks and People Foundation, a local nonprofit, will focus on reducing urban trash and pollution fouling Baltimore's harbor and the Chesapeake Bay.

Cummings said those who land jobs will help spread an environmental ethic in the city.

'A lot of times in neighborhoods like this they do not even think about the environment,' he said. 'It will cause people to have greater appreciation. Hopefully, we'll have generation after generation be more environmentally sensitive and savvy.' [1/13/10]

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