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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Yesterday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $445.3 million in funding for 89 projects to protect public health and the environment by improving water quality and public sanitation services.

'Investments in water and wastewater projects…will help deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment throughout rural America,' Vilsack said. 'These projects advance the Obama Administration's economic recovery goals to provide reliable services in rural America. They create jobs and will support more job creation by supporting economic development initiatives.' [USDA, 9/20/10]

Houston Chronicle (Texas) - Texas reaped $4.6 billion from federal stimulus

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)]

American taxpayers have thrown $4.6 billion into emergency projects across Texas over the past 19 months to salvage the Lone Star State economy -- creating or saving 47,704 jobs as of July, a review of federal records shows.

But outside the Texas capital, Houston far outpaces Texas cities, with $1.69 billion of money covering an estimated 1,953 jobs.

San Antonio has been awarded projects worth $721.4 million, accounting for 759 jobs, and Dallas has been awarded projects worth $615 million, accounting for 544 jobs.

'The recovery act stopped the bleeding,' adds Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston. 'Tell me what this calamity would have been like without the emergency help.'

…the effects of the economic stimulus are widely seen across Houston, where 960 contracts, grants and loans have been awarded to state, city, county and private entities. [9/20/10]

KTHV CBS-11 (Arkansas) - Recovery Act investment in Corning water system to create, save 169 jobs

[MEMBER MENTIOEND: Marion Berry (AR-1)]

U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and U.S. Representative Marion Berry (AR-01) Monday announced that the city of Corning will receive a total of $7.68 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture Recovery Act funds to make critical upgrades to its water system.

These improvements will create or save approximately 169 jobs, and will provide a dependable supply of quality water to 1,660 users of the existing Corning water system.

The total funding consists of a $3 million Recovery Act grant and a $4.68 million Recovery Act loan.

'Everyone should have access to a clean, abundant water supply that they can feel confident in drinking for themselves and their children,' Berry said. 'I am thrilled that we will be supporting these much needed improvements in Corning's water system, and I will continue to push for projects to provide this basic necessity of potable drinking water for Arkansans.' [9/20/10]

The Monitor (Texas) - Sharyland gets $3.4M grant, $18.5M loan from stimulus package for water project

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Henry Cuellar (TX-28)]

Federal money will help build a water treatment plant and water lines in Sharyland, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday.

The Sharyland Water Supply Corporation received a $18.5 million loan and a $3.4 million grant to build the plant and about 2,500 feet of water lines, according to a USDA news release.

“A new water treatment facility in Sharyland will bring South Texas clean water -- and create jobs,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar, who represents Texas' 28th district. “These funds are (a) step in the right direction to spur the much-needed economic growth in rural communities.” [9/20/10]

WCBS CBS-2 (New York) - Construction To Begin On Staten Island Expressway

The Staten Island Expressway is getting a $75 million facelift.

Monday's groundbreaking marks construction on the Staten Island Expressway Improvements project. Officials say it's the largest Recovery Act project in New York State and will create 150 jobs over the course of the project in addition to solving major congestion issues for Staten Island commuters.

State DOT officials say funding for the project includes $39.5 million from the American Recovery Act, a 2005 Bond Act and federal interstate maintenance funding. [9/20/10]

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