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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.

The Obama Administration has launched “Recovery Summer” - which will highlight groundbreakings and events across the country that are funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Recovery Act has already given tax cuts to 98 percent of Americans, funded tens of thousands of projects and put about 2.5 million Americans to work, but summer 2010 is poised to be the most active Recovery Act season to date, with tens of thousands of projects underway across the country that will help to create jobs for American workers and economic growth for businesses. [White House, 6/17/10]

Midland Daily News (Michigan) - Biden touts Recovery Act at Midland battery plant site

Vice President Joe Biden called on America to innovate its way to a new economy at a groundbreaking event for the Dow Kokam battery facility in Midland.

The vice president is on a tour highlighting American Recovery and Reinvestment Act initiatives across the country. Dow Kokam received a $161 million grant to help create battery systems to be used in hybrid and electrical vehicles.

The company plans to create about 800 full-time jobs when at full capacity in the years ahead, and about 1,000 construction jobs are expected to support the project. [6/21/10]

The Courier-Journal (Kentucky) - Stimulus to fund 1,000 summer jobs for Louisville young people [MEMBER MENTIONED: John Yarmuth (KY-3)]

About $46 million in federal stimulus money has come to Kentucky -- including $6 million to Louisville -- to create a summer jobs program for disadvantaged young people and adults with children.

Gov. Steve Beshear announced the program Monday with U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson. The program is expected to put 10,000 people to work this summer statewide, with 800 to 1,000 of those jobs in Jefferson County.

'The stimulus program is meant to create economic activity, whether it's extending unemployment benefits or paying for a construction worker on the Watterson' Expressway, Yarmuth said. 'It really doesn't matter how the money gets into the economy, as long as it does.' [6/21/10]

KCUR 89.3-FM (Missouri) - New Summer Job Opportunities for Some KC Teens [MEMBER MENTIONED: Emanuel Cleaver (MO-5)]

About 4800 young people whose families are on public assistance will get jobs throughout Missouri this summer. Governor Jay Nixon and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver kicked off a federally-funded jobs program this afternoon, while fresh concrete was laid in front of a house for a walkway.

Some of the Kansas City youth in the Missouri Summer Jobs Program will be improving drainage and make other environmental improvements to homes in the Green Impact Zone. That's the economically-strapped section of the city where Congressman Cleaver is trying to concentrate federal stimulus funds. Rep. Cleaver said the work will benefit both the neighborhoods and the youth. [6/22/10]

KHGI ABC-13 (Nebraska) - Stimulus funds bring thousands of jobs to Kansas

The Kansas transportation secretary says federal stimulus money have brought more than 3,300 transportation jobs to the state.

Deb Miller, secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation, says the jobs have a monthly payroll of $4.4 million. The state received $378 million in federal funds for transportation projects.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the transportation department says the stimulus package had created 3,375 jobs as of May, a 13% increase from April and a 47% increase since March. [6/22/10]

Pacific Coast Business Times (California) - Broadband stimulus cash lands at Occam

In one of the biggest stimulus grants to filter down to a tri-county business, Goleta-based Occam Networks will supply equipment for a $101 million project to bring broadband access to rural Western Kansas.

Occam will provide networking equipment to Kansas-based Rural Telephone's Nex-Tech, which will connect 23,000 households and businesses across 4,600 square miles.

In March, federal officials unveiled the National Broadband Plan, a roadmap for wiring some of the remotest parts of the country.

The $101 million project will create jobs both in Santa Barbara and Kansas. Vela said it could create engineering and support positions at Occam. Rural Telephone will take on 17 full-time employees to run the upgraded services and expects to create 350 to 400 contracting jobs. [6/21/10]

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