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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.

Des Moines Register (Iowa) - Stimulus has helped buoy Iowa economy, Culver says [MEMBER MENTIONED: Leonard Boswell (IA-3)]

Billions of dollars in federal stimulus money has helped keep Iowa afloat, Gov. Chet Culver said in a news conference Friday.

'Because of it, we've been able to keep teachers in classrooms and police out protecting our streets right here in Iowa,' Culver said. 'We are on a path to recovery and ready to lead the nation out of this recession, in part because of the president's stimulus plan.'

Culver made the statement beside former governor and current U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell of Des Moines. The trio, all Democrats, highlighted that more than $2.39 billion of assistance to Iowa has saved or created 8,000 jobs, according to government estimates. [6/5/10]

Baltimore Business Journal (Maryland) - Baltimore City Community College wins $1M in stimulus funds for energy programs [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Elijah Cummings (MD-7)]

Baltimore City Community College has been awarded $1 million in federal stimulus funds to expand weatherization training programs.

The funding will allow the college to provide training to 200 low-income, unemployed, or underemployed people to work in the energy efficiency industry. [6/7/10]

Deseret News (Utah) - 1.5 millions tons of tailings taken from Colorado River [MEMBER MENTIONED: Jim Matheson (UT-2)]

A June update by the U.S. Department of Energy said that 1.5 million tons of uranium mill tailings have been removed from near the banks of the Colorado River and buried in a disposal site 30 miles away.

Federal stimulus funding of $108 million has accelerated the cleanup, which will tackle an additional 1.2 million tons of tailings between now and September 2011.

Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, said in a Friday press release that he's encouraged by the progress made so far in the remediation project.

More than 200 workers have been hired because of the funding, Matheson said. [6/6/10]

Rockdale Citizen (Georgia) - Teens go to work for the summer [DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Hank Johnson (GA-4) and R-Lynn Westmoreland (GA-3): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Local nonprofit organization Ceek to Fulfill worked with the Georgia Department of Human Services to serve as one of the designated agencies to assign teens to work at local businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

Ceek to Fulfill program coordinator Cheryl Board, along with executive director Evelyn Cooksey, took the estimated 4,000 Georgia TeenWork program applications they received and put 150 teenagers to work in 47 different job sites in Rockdale.

…The teens are working in clerical, customer service and various other positions. [6/7/10] (West Virginia) - State recognized for efficient use of ARRA funds for water projects

West Virginia is among the nation's leaders in putting to work its wastewater infrastructure American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds and has been recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Worth $139 million, the 39 projects in 22 West Virginia counties are being funded through the state's Clean Water State Revolving Fund, with the help of $61 million in federal stimulus (ARRA) money. [6/8/10]

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