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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.

WBOY NBC-12 (West Virginia) - Stimulus Funds Create 8,500 Jobs in W.Va.

'Without this spending, without the recovery act, West Virginia would have 8,500 fewer jobs than what we have now, so the recession would have been much worse in the state without these funds,' he [Randy Childs, West Virginia University's Bureau of Business and Economic Research] said.

About $1 billion of the total package were promised to 750 projects West Virginia in 2009, and that job growth still occurred with only $440 million, 40 percent of that, spent.

Little more than $1 billion funded construction projects, and created or saved 1,161 jobs in the state

Half of the funds in West Virginia, $226 million, went to Medicaid, contributing to the 3,194 jobs saved or created in the health care and social assistance sector. [6/1/10]

Riverhead News Review (New York) - Brookhaven National Lab receives $28 million more in stimulus funds [MEMBER MENTIONED: Tim Bishop (NY-1)]

Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) met with representatives from the Department of Energy to announce Tuesday that Brookhaven National Laboratory will receive an additional $28 million in Recovery Act funding to complete the dismantling of the Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor next fall.

About 700 tons of radioactive graphite were completely removed from the reactor's core last month, Mr. Poneman said, and the project provided jobs for about 175 workers.

'There's no question in my mind that the Recovery Act is accomplishing its goals,' Mr. Bishop said, adding that it has put 'at least 3 million' people to work. [6/1/10]

Des Moines Register (Iowa) - $4.8 million grant to help youths get jobs

Iowa Workforce Development said Wednesday that it received a $4.8 million federal stimulus grant to coordinate a youth summer employment program.

The statewide program will match low-income Iowans ages 14-21 with jobs at private companies. The positions are in industries such as retail, health care, restaurants and child care. The agency also will provide young job-seekers with job training where needed.

The state agency expects to help about 1,200 young residents through the program. [6/3/10]

The Daily News Journal (Tennessee) - New Centerstone center to offer training for health care jobs

Centerstone, the state's largest provider of community-based mental health and substance abuse treatment services, has launched a new center to train people for jobs in health care.

The center is funded with a $5 million federal stimulus grant.

The center is expected to create nearly 300 new jobs through offering health care education opportunities, job training, employment placement assistance and support services to 600 people in five Middle Tennessee counties: Bedford, Coffee, Lawrence, Marshall and Maury. [6/2/10]

Chicago Tribune (Illinois) - Chicago to put more police officers on the street

The streets of Chicago are getting a little more blue.

Even as the struggling economy has made it tougher to hire more police officers, the city's police department is announcing a series of moves that will put more cops on the street.

For starters, Mayor Richard Daley says 86 police recruits will graduate from the police academy, with their salaries to be paid with federal stimulus money for the next three years. [6/2/10]

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