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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.

Yesterday, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Recovery Act funding for enhanced public safety services in rural communities across 26 states.  The funding will go toward the construction of facilities and purchase of equipment for 74 community facility public safety projects. 

“Through the Recovery Act, communities can build and upgrade public safety buildings to improve security while at the same time providing the services needed to attract business and create economic opportunities,” [Secretary Tom Vilsack]. [5/26/10]

Nashua Telegraph (New Hampshire) - State says stimulus helped 2,200 N.H. jobs

Federal stimulus money has created or saved the equivalent of 2,200 jobs in New Hampshire through March, the office of the stimulus director told the Executive Council today.

The jobs number is up about 10 percent from the quarter that ended in December, said Stimulus Director Christopher Clement.

The roughly $720 million in grants has led to the logging of 4.6 million hours of work since the American Resources and Recovery Act began in February 2009, Clement said. [5/26/10]

San Francisco Chronicle - Obama says alt-energy key in wake of oil spill [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Pete Stark (CA-13)]

Obama made the comments as he stood under open rafters and construction equipment in the unfinished interior of Solyndra's new plant, where he touted the work of the company as an example of his administration's efforts to encourage job growth in innovative technologies.

…the main focus of Obama's trip to the solar plant was to spotlight a star success story of the Recovery Act. The firm received a $535 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy this year 'to support the construction of a commercial-scale manufacturing plant for its proprietary solar photovoltaic panels.'

Since then, the White House says the company has created more than 3,000 construction-related jobs - and 1,000 additional permanent jobs - ranking it as one of the most robust job-creating efforts funded by the stimulus program. [5/26/10] (Ohio) - Summer youth employment programs get boost [DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Betty Sutton (OH-13), Tim Ryan (OH-17), and R- Steven LaTourette (OH-14): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Summer jobs for more than 1,000 Summit County youths will be available through federal funding received by the county.

The funding originated in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to the legislation.

In total, the funding will allow for up to 1,411 youths to take on paid employment, Marshall said.

Jobs will be available for youths whose families meet Temporary Assistance to Needy Families guidelines… [5/27/10]

The Times Recorder (Arkansas) - WAEDA Offering 150 More Summer Jobs

Western Arkansas Employment Development Agency has about 150 more summer jobs to offer to qualified youths this season than it normally has.

Tia Pinkston, WAEDA program planner, said Monday that the agency recently received $448,769 in additional funding from a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families grant. Most of those funds came from unspent money in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or federal economic stimulus money.

About $4.88 million in TANF money will flow to the different Workforce Investment Areas in Arkansas this summer. [5/25/10]

Abilene Reporter News (Texas) - Program seeks youth, employers [DISTRICT MENTIONED: R-Randy Neugebauer (TX-19): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

…city of Tye decided to tap into the Summer Youth Program, which uses federal stimulus money to give Big Country youth from low-income households summer jobs at no cost to the employers.

This summer's program is expanding from 225 jobs to employ 350 youth, ages 16 to 24.

Last year's batch of youth took a variety of positions, from day-care centers to rural courthouses, credit unions and hospitals. Many helped with clerical work while others cleaned up neighborhoods with a nonprofit organization.

…as the economy improves, some employers might be able to turn their summer job openings into long-term positions. [5/26/10]

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