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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 released the first comprehensive report on the Department of Agriculture's deployment of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for rural broadband.  It revealed that the 68 projects will bring broadband access to an estimated 530,000 households, 93,000 businesses, and 3,300 anchor institutions like hospitals, schools, community centers and libraries.  They will create 5,000 jobs immediately. [6/9/10]

Gaylord Herald Times (Michigan) - YES, federal jobs funds help 60 gain employment [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Bart Stupak (MI-1)]

The local “Youth Employment Success Program” (YES) was honored recently by Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan.

The Otsego County YES program facilitated employment for 60 low-income youth, ages 16-24, at 15 nonprofit work sites last summer. Its purpose was to teach transferable skills that could lead to employment in the private sector.

The YES program was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with a grant provided by the Northeast Michigan Consortium to North Central Michigan College (NCMC). [6/8/10]

Marshall County Tribune (Tennessee) - 3rd stimulus job fair held in L'burg [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Bart Gordon (TN-6)]

A third federal stimulus money-funded job fair was held Tuesday in Lewisburg where some new employers were participating and previous applicants were encouraged to try again.

Gov. Phil Bredesen allocated $3 million in federal economic stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as authorized by Congress. The money is provided to businesses and local governments that participate in the Marshall County Recovery Program.

The Workforce Alliance spokeswoman said as of June 4: 141 people were working; 45 people were working with TDOT; 44 employers have hired through the program; and 186 were working in jobs as a result of the Marshall County Recovery Program. [6/9/10]

Cordova Times (Alaska) - $1 million slated for summer employment opportunities [DISTRICT MENTIONED: R-Don Young (AK-At Large): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

More than $1 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will provide for hundreds of job opportunities for Alaska's youth this summer, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, announced last week in Anchorage.

'As we continue to build and strengthen our economy, we must remember employment and job training for young people is an import part of the equation,' [said Senator Mark Begich].

At the National Park Service, youth internship programs for ages 15-25 will be available, as well as youth partnership programs for employment and educational opportunities for minority and disadvantaged youth. [6/9/10]

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - Stimulus funds create 25 high-tech jobs in Fayetteville [DISTRICT MENTIONED: R-John Boozman (AR-3): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

More than 25 high-tech engineering jobs will be created at a Fayetteville business thanks to a pair of U.S. Army contracts funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Arkansas Power Electronics International, which is headquartered at the Arkansas Research Technology Park at the University of Arkansas, will use the stimulus money to add jobs over the next three years… [6/10/10]

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