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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.

The Canton Repository (Ohio) - More than 400 summer jobs available for youth [DISTRICT MENTIONED: John Boccieri (OH-16)]

More than 400 jobs -- from cutting grass to hauling textbooks to possibly construction and retail work -- will be available this summer for Stark County youth.

Three agencies will be doing the hiring: Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio has 223 jobs to fill; the Stark County Educational Service Center has 125 jobs; and Canton City government has 75 jobs to fill.

Using federal stimulus dollars, the Stark County Department of Job and Family services will reimburse each of the agencies for the worker's wages and for administering the program…[5/29/10]

Herald-Citizen (Tennessee) - Grant to boost distance learning[MEMBER MENTIONED: Bart Gordon (TN-6)]

Putnam County Schools recently received federal grant funds of over $300,000.

The $314,000 grant from the USDA Rural Development agency was approved recently to help fund the Putnam Schools' distance learning project.

Distance learning means that students here, via the Internet, can take classes from schools all over the world, the courses carefully selected and monitored by teachers and administrators here.

Schools grant specialist Sandra Koczwara said the $314,000 grant was announced earlier this year by Congressman Bart Gordon, who noted that Putnam County was one of only five Tennessee school systems to receive such a grant.

Other schools which have been equipped for distance learning by use of federal stimulus funds include Cookeville High, Avery Trace Middle, and Algood Middle School…[5/31/10]

Picayune Item (Mississippi) - DOE says 2,580 homes in Miss. Weatherized

The Department of Energy says Mississippi has used federal stimulus funds to weatherize 2,584 homes as of April 30. DOE officials say Mississippi has now weatherized more than 30 percent of their total targeted low-income homes.

According to agency figures, 150 workers were employed by state and local weatherization providers during the first three months of the year. Mississippi was allocated $49.4 million for the program. [5/29/10]

Reno-Gazette Journal (Nevada) - Nevada energy efforts get federal recognition

The Nevada State Office of Energy and the Nevada Housing Division have received letters from the U.S. Department of Energy commending their efforts at leading the nation by quickly and efficiently using federal stimulus funds within Silver State communities.

The state energy office is on track to exceed the stimulus program's June obligation goals well ahead of deadline

…the Energy Department announced that Nevada has weatherized 2,318 homes with stimulus funds. [6/1/10] (Virginia) - Senator Webb Announces Over $18 Million in Recovery Funding for Rural Communities in Virginia

Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) today announced more than $18 million for Virginia, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act), that will create jobs and improve needed infrastructure in rural communities across the state.

'The funds announced today will help support rural communities' efforts to protect and serve their residents by providing essential public services,' said Senator Webb. 'The projects selected are designed to spur economic growth and help rural communities provide greater access to health care and finance libraries, schools and infrastructure.' [5/29/10]

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