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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 this week 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.

Associated Press - Ill. governor: 10,000 in state get subsidized jobs

Gov. Pat Quinn says nearly 11,000 people have gotten federally subsidized jobs in Illinois.

The money for the 'Put Illinois to Work' program comes from the federal stimulus…

The program started about two months ago. It gives employers tax credits to create temporary jobs that Illinois officials hope might be made permanent. [6/16/10]

New Haven Register (Connecticut) - Grants make child care more accessible

Connecticut parents struggling to make ends meet in today's rough economy by juggling work with day care can rest a little easier thanks to some government stimulus money.

Checks totaling $7 million recently went out to thousands of Connecticut child-care providers as part of an initiative to help low-income families stay in the work force, according to Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

The one-time payments will help the nearly 5,500 providers in Connecticut's Care4Kids program, which offers subsidized child care to eligible families.

The payments are a combination of funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and state-appropriated dollars in the Care4Kids program. [6/16/10]

KEZI ABC-9 (Oregon) - Local Teens Help Environment and Get Paid at the Same Time

Out of school, now it's time for a summer job. Thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, 140 Oregon teens are finding work with OutDoor Oregon.

It's not only a paycheck for our youth, but a benefit to our environment.

This year, Oregon is getting help from its youth, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is paying for it. $650,000 is being pumped into environmental projects in Oregon, providing jobs to 140 kids. A welcome paycheck for those representing the third highest average teen unemployment rate in the nation. [6/15/10]

Chillicothe Gazette (Ohio) - VA gets $14 million for biomass energy plant

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Zack Space (OH-18)]

The Chillicothe Veterans Affairs Medical Center soon will break ground on a new boiler plant that is expected to generate large cost savings through using wood chips as a primary fuel source for generating steam and electrical power.

The project, which will be the first of its kind at a VA Medical Center in the United States, was awarded $14 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. A groundbreaking ceremony is being planned for July.

U.S. Rep. Zack Space, D-Dover, also worked with Pryor, Gov. Ted Strickland's Office, the Ohio Department of Development and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to secure funding for the project as part of the Southern Ohio Biomass Initiative.

'A boiler fueled by biomass will greatly enhance efficiency on the VAMC's campus while having a widespread off-campus impact to our local economy,' Space said. [6/17/10]

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