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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • Democrats are moving America forward while Congressional Republicans admit they want to take us back to the “exact same” failed policies that put the special interests ahead of the Middle Class. 
  • The Congressional Republican agenda favors shipping good-paying American jobs overseas, handing Social Security to Wall Street and Medicare to the insurance companies.  That agenda is being secretly funded and promoted by shadowy front groups and corporate special interests. 

Kansas City Star (Missouri) - VA Tops $1B Mark in Recovery Act Distributions

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has distributed more than $1 billion in funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, agency officials have announced. Recovery Act funding is being used to modernize and replace existing VA medical facilities, make improvements at national cemeteries and award grants to states for Veterans homes.

“America's Veterans are getting more modern, efficient and greener facilities that are better suited to provide them the comprehensive care and service they have earned,” VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said. “These upgrades are possible through Recovery Act funds that are not only revitalizing VA's extensive infrastructure, but also moving needed money into the economy,” he said.

VA is also upgrading nearly 14,000 inpatient bed spaces and 16 pharmacy renovation projects will help Veterans get medicines quicker and more efficiently. More than 14,400 clinical improvement projects, some with multiple exam rooms, are being undertaken. [10/15/10]

The Oakland Tribune (California) - Green skies for Oakland Airport in Bay Area trend

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: Barbara Lee (CA-9)]

A new $33 million air traffic control tower with solar panels, water recycling and underground heating is in the works for Oakland International Airport, the latest environmentally friendly project for the facility and part of an overall movement toward greener facilities for Bay Area airports.

The new tower is funded by the Recovery Act and will put 650 people to work during its three years of construction, officials said at the groundbreaking Friday.

'This is the biggest project we have,' said Randy Babbitt of the Federal Aviation Administration, referring to the fact that the $33 million comprises the FAA's largest single Recovery Act award. 'We're delivering on the president's promise to create jobs.' [10/16/10]

The Iowa Independent - Iowa Republicans denounce stimulus bill, quietly push for funds

[MEMBERS MENTIONED: R-Steve King (IA-5): Voted NO on Recovery Act and R-Tom Latham (IA-4): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

U.S. Rep. Steve King has described the federal stimulus bill as a “non-stimulating boondoggle of liberal pet-projects and wasteful spending.” And in February of 2009, he was joined by his fellow Iowa Republicans - U.S Rep. Tom Latham and Sen. Chuck Grassley in voting against the bill.

But that hasn't stopped them scrambling to secure for their districts a slice of the $275 billion in competitive federal contracts, grants and loans included in the bill.

According to a cache of letters, obtained by the Center for Public Integrity, six of Iowa's seven members of Congress, regardless of their stance on the stimulus, have promoted projects funded by the bill.

The GOP Pledge to America argues that stimulus spending cannot create jobs. But Iowa Republicans endorsed HealthNet as a method to create 750 high-tech jobs[10/18/10]

Dyersburg Star Gazette (Tennessee) - Port project awarded $13 million grant

[MEMBER MENTIONED: John Tanner (TN-8)]

The Northwest Tennessee Port Authority and industrial park located in Lake County received word on Friday they have been awarded $13 million for the completion of the Port of Cates Landing on the Mississippi River.

When completed, the port is expected to bring 1,700 jobs to the region and retain 2,293 related jobs

The money comes from the competitive TIGER II (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant, which the port authority applied for in August. These federal grants are authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, sometimes referred to as the 'stimulus bill.'

U.S. Rep. John Tanner made the announcement after U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood notified him of the award.

'This is great news for continued work on the biggest economic development initiative in Northwest Tennessee for generations,' said Tanner. 'With this site's prime location, our area's work force and the potential to recruit new industry, our region is poised to be a real economic force in our country, and Tennessee's working families will benefit.' [10/16/10]

The Daily Press (Michigan) - Nearly 15,000 find homes

[DISTIRCT MENTIONED: Bart Stupak (MI-1)]

The Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP), developed as part of Michigan's Campaign to End Homelessness, has provided assistance to nearly 15,000 people in Delta County, according to officials.

'In Delta County, HPRP is a great example of a successful effort to prevent homelessness in the first place,' said Nisha Tebear-Coolman, homeless coordinator for the Salvation Army. 'In situations where residents do lose housing, HPRP support returns homeless citizens to stable housing in a short period of time.' [10/18/10]

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