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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]

WJBK FOX-2 (Michigan) - Dingell Applauds Release of $19M for Job Training in Michigan [MEMBER MENTIONED: John Dingell (MI-15)]

Today the U.S. Department of Labor will be releasing the second increment of the three National Emergency Grants (NEGs) awarded to Michigan last September. The second increment, $19,016,800, will be used to help more than 8,600 dislocated workers receive training in growing, high-demand industries in Michigan, including health care, technical consulting, solar manufacturing, among others.

“I am extremely pleased that the Department of Labor has released the second $19 million in NEGs to Michigan today. Workers in Michigan are talented and dedicated to turning Michigan's economy around, but they cannot do so without new opportunities. This funding will help them receive the training they need to begin a new career in a new field,” [Congressman John] Dingell said.

In total, the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth has received $38,033,600 in NEGs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [6/22/10]

Wichita Business Journal (Kansas) - KDOT: Recovery act jobs up in May

The number of recovery act jobs related to transportation projects in Kansas rose 13 percent from April to May, according to new information from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The 3,375 jobs recorded in May also represents a 47 percent increase in the total number of recovery act jobs since the start of the construction season in March.

The Recovery Act is doing exactly what it was supposed to do -- put people to work and improve the state's transportation infrastructure,” Kansas Transportation Secretary Deb Miller said in a news release. “It will also help enhance safety and support long-term job growth.” [6/22/10]

Cape Cod Times (Massachusetts) - Stimulus dollars flow into Cape projects

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: Bill Delahunt (MA-10)]

With construction work in full swing across Barnstable, town officials led Jeffrey Simon, director of the state Recovery Reinvestment office, for a tour yesterday of the town's stimulus-funded construction projects.

To date, the town has received more than $6 million in relief through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fund a series of road, wastewater and energy projects, among others.

But just as vital, the money has helped to create much-needed jobs across the town, the Cape and the state, Simon said as he toured the area.

Between January and April, stimulus funds created more than 150 full-time equivalent positions, filled by more than 430 individuals, according to state figures.

Stimulus funds have contributed to more than 70 projects across the Cape and Islands… [6/22/10]

Whittier Daily News (California) - SASSFA sending 100s of Whittier-area teens to work this summer

Jobs are scarce, especially for teenagers. So Perez was feeling hopeful after learning that the Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority (SASSFA) is sending nearly 800 teens to work this summer.

SASSFA is funding a summer work program for teens ages 14 to 19, who will be matched with area jobs.

The $2 million jobs program is being funded by federal stimulus money. Teens will be employed from now through the end of September, SASSFA officials said. [6/21/10]

New Britain Herald (Connecticut) - Health Center opens expanded facility

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: Chris Murphy (CT-5)]

To meet a growing need for quality primary care services in greater New Britain, Community Health Center, Inc. has expanded and renovated the Community Health Center on Lafayette Street.

With the support of federal and state legislators, and New Britain Mayor Timothy Stewart, CHC received $1.2 million of federal stimulus dollars and $2.5 million in state bonding dollars to complete the project.

Construction began in early 2009 and created 95 temporary jobs.

In addition, eight new health care positions were created, as well as the opportunity to offer obstetrics care with the new space. [6/22/10]

Deseret News (Utah) - Energy-saving program taking off in Utah

More than 2,900 Utah homes have been weatherized since February 2009 with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to officials with the U.S. Department of Energy.

'This Recovery Act funding is helping to create jobs in local communities while putting America on the path to a clean energy future,' [said Cathy Zoi, DOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy].  Officials said more than 80 Utahns were employed in the effort during the first three months of 2010.

Under the Recovery Act, Utah was allocated $37.8 million for the weatherization program. [6/22/10]

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