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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 -- doing the bidding of the special interests: Wall Street banks, credit card companies, Big Oil, and insurance companies - and getting rewarded by their corporate friends.
  • These extreme Republican economic and fiscal policies created the Bush Recession -- 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 address the major issues confronting our nation and take America in a New Direction - creating good American jobs, the lowest taxes in 60 years for the middle class and small businesses, closing tax loopholes that send jobs overseas, and building a strong new foundation for the American economy.

Boston Globe (Massachusetts) - Construction starts on health center [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Michael Capuano (MA-8)]

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center will be the first of eight community health centers in the state that received federal stimulus money in December to break ground when it starts construction today on its new $20.7 million facility.

The 49,000-square-foot satellite building in Maverick Square, slated to be completed in just over a year, will allow the health center to accommodate up to 20,000 new patients a year…

The creation of new facility at Maverick Square, on the site of a former gas station, will pave the way for 50 new permanent health care positions at the center as well as creating 150 construction jobs. [6/14/10]

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (New York) - PathStone to provide job training [MEMBER MENTIONED: Louise Slaughter (NY-28)]

A $150 million federal stimulus grant includes $2 million for PathStone Corp. of Rochester.

The office of Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, and other federal officials said the grant was part of an expenditure authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

About 300 people will be helped in the low-income areas of Rochester, according to Velma Smith, PathStone executive director for New York, Vermont and Ohio operations.

“Green jobs present tremendous opportunities for people who have the core skills and competencies needed in such well-paying and rapidly growing industries as energy efficiency and renewable energy,” said Hilda Solis, U.S. secretary of labor. [6/14/10]

The Daily Breeze (California) - Officials break ground for new Willowbrook health center

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, community leaders and stakeholders celebrated the groundbreaking Friday of a $20 million health center in Willowbrook.

The South Health Center will provide several public health services, including immunizations and treatment to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis and communicable diseases.

Located at the northwest corner of 120th Street and Wilmington Avenue, the center is situated near Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, which will reopen in late 2012 as a full-service hospital.

Leaders say the projects will add an estimated 10,000 jobs in the community, which is sorely lacking health care services. Both projects are receiving a boost from the federal stimulus package passed last year. [6/11/10] (Massachusetts) - More funds for local green jobs [DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Jim McGovern (MA-3) and Barney Frank (MA-4)]

A UMass Dartmouth proposal could help address two of the major challenges of the day: lowering unemployment and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

Under a $1 million federal grant, the center would train unemployed and underemployed workers for 'green jobs' improving the energy efficiency of buildings.

Locally, UMass Dartmouth is collaborating with Fall River's Citizens for Citizens, New Bedford's PACE/Youthbuild, and the Greater New Bedford Career Center.

Using the stimulus money, the center will train 32 low-income individuals, 20 students of PACE's YouthBuild, and 40 contractors, but the goal is to expand the program in the long term. Trainees will learn about basic weatherization skills, such as insulation, as well as energy auditing, customer service, and an understanding of sustainability and climate change… [6/13/10]

Denver Business Journal (Colorado) - Western Slope gets $4.9M from stimulus for energy-efficiency retrofits

Three counties on Colorado's Western Slope are receiving $4.9 million from the federal stimulus program to provide financing for home and business energy-efficiency retrofits.

The three-county project is one of 20 local efforts nationwide to receive a portion of the latest round of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding under the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.

'Colorado communities are making great strides to reduce energy consumption through partnerships and innovative financing solutions,' Gov. Bill Ritter said in a statement. 'The Recovery Act is helping towns and cities across Colorado advance their energy goals and create jobs and a better future for generations to come.' [6/14/10]

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