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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • Congressional Republicans support Wall Street banks, credit card companies, Big Oil, and insurance companies - the special interests that benefited from George Bush's policies and created the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. A decade of Republican rule nearly doubled our national debt.  Why would we go back? 
  • Democrats in Congress are fighting to help small businesses create jobs here at home.  Democrats are taking America in a New Direction - creating good American jobs, providing the lowest taxes in 60 years for the middle class and small businesses, and closing tax loopholes that send jobs overseas.

Last week, President Obama announced $795 million in grants and loans through the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture matched by over $200 million in outside investment, for 66 Recovery Act broadband projects nationwide.  The projects will create approximately 5,000 jobs up front, helping to create jobs for years to come. In total, tens of millions of Americans and over 685,000 businesses, 900 healthcare facilities and 2,400 schools in all fifty states stand to benefit from the awards. [White House, 7/2/10]

Quad City Times (Iowa) - Iowa broadband projects will get $90M in fed money

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Bruce Braley (IA-1)]

The Iowa Communications Network, Iowa Health System and five regional telephone companies will share $90.1 million for broadband projects in the state…

 The Iowa projects are expected to create more than 450 jobs at the outset and are designed to drive economic development.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, called the grants a timely “investment in Iowa's future.”

“Providing much-needed Internet access to rural communities in Iowa will create hundreds of jobs and spur economic development,” he said. [7/1/10]

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (West Virginia) - Stimulus funding to stretch broadband through 8 Va. Counties

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Rick Boucher (VA-9)]

Southwest Virginia is receiving $22.7 million in federal stimulus funds to develop a 388-mile fiber optic backbone project through an eight county region, officials said Friday.

The $36 million project will create 295 direct jobs during the construction and deployment of the broadband network. The project will bring the broadband service within two miles of 18,000 homes and 500 businesses allowing for last mile connections in communities that are currently lacking broadband, U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., said.

“This broadband funding will create new opportunities for employment, education, and entrepreneurship in rural Virginia by wiring homes and businesses,” [Senator Jim] Webb said. [7/3/10]

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania) - Federal grant to generate 91 jobs, enhance computer access in Philadelphia

[DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Robert Brady (PA-1), Chaka Fattah (PA-2), Patrick Murphy (PA-8), and Allyson Schwartz (PA-13)]

Philadelphia will receive a $6.4 million federal grant to create or enhance 77 public computer centers in some of the most needy parts of the city, including North, West and South Philadelphia, officials said Friday.

President Obama announced the grant Saturday as part of a $795 million investment in 66 new broadband projects nationwide under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The grant is expected to generate 91 full- and part-time jobs in the city, officials said.

The project aims to increase capacity at 25 existing public computing centers, and create 48 centers and four mobile computing units, officials said.

More than 800 computers will be added to serve about 14,000 more users weekly, officials said. [7/6/10]

Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii) - Stimulus funds pay young workers

Nearly 3,800 students from low- and moderate-income families in Hawaii have been hired this year through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

The state Department of Labor has placed 3,374 students in summer jobs through the program, department spokesman Ryan Markham said. Another 398 youths are working in jobs administered through the city government.

Through the program 'we give our kids the opportunity to have jobs, but the more important thing is to teach them basic skills and build a resume. They learn financial literacy -- they get to understand what a paycheck is all about,' [Lt. Gov. James] Aiona said. [7/5/10]

Glendale News Press (California) - Funds target youth jobs

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Adam Schiff (CA-29)]

Local youth looking to enter the workforce could get a jump-start in energy industry jobs thanks to a job training program funded with $100,000 secured by Rep. Adam Schiff, officials announced last week.

Stakeholders say the program was inspired by the success of the Verdugo Power Academy -- a joint venture of the Glendale Water & Power, Glendale Community College and Verdugo Workforce Investment Board using federal stimulus funding.

…the new training program will target young people trying to enter the job market for the first time.

The training will focus on smart-grid technology, which is being implemented in Glendale and Burbank. [7/6/10]

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