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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 -- siding with the special interests:  Wall Street banks, credit card companies, Big Oil, and insurance companies. These Bush economic and fiscal policies created 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 take America in a New Direction, working to create American jobs and a strong new foundation for our economy, protecting Main Street and the middle class. 

Sioux City Journal (Iowa) - Stimulus helping in Iowa, Obama says [DISTRICT MENTIONED: David Loebsack (IA- 2)]

In a city socked by hard times even before the recession, President Barack Obama told factory workers in Fort Madison on Tuesday that his administration is laying the groundwork to put the country “on a new foundation for long-term growth and prosperity.”

The president told Siemens workers the federal stimulus package gave the plant a $3.5 million tax credit last year, allowing it to boost production and create new jobs.

The plant, which opened three years ago, started with 230 people but now employs about 600. Another 350 indirect jobs have been created from the plant, according to the company. [4/28/10]

Boulder County Business Report (Colorado) - CU gets $15 million for biotech building


The University of Colorado at Boulder has received a $15 million grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to be used toward the ongoing construction of a new biotechnology and biomedical research facility on its East Campus.

'This is such an appropriate use of ARRA funds, because the Biotechnology Building will create jobs at three stages - construction jobs in the near term, laboratory research positions once the building is occupied, and biotechnology jobs in Colorado over the following years as we work to enhance that industry in the state,' [Tom Cech, CU Boulder distinguished professor and CIMB director said.] [4/27/10]

The Herald Review (Illinois) - Workforce Investment Solutions partnership helps students gain marketable skills [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Phil Hare (IL-17)]

Workforce Investment Solutions has partnered with the Decatur Building and Construction Trades Council…

The program helps by showing students how to find jobs and gives them the skills they need to become more marketable…

The students have given up a lot to be in the classes, said Jacque Matson, program coordinator. The need for trained workers is becoming greater as older employees are getting ready to retire, Matson said.

Workforce Investment Solutions has received a total of $1.6 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funds were used to put 220 youths to work last summer and enhance dislocated adult training offerings this year, Executive Director Robyn McCoy said. [4/28/10]

The Savannah Tribune (Georgia) - St. Joseph's/Candler Awarded $1.4 million in Federal Stimulus Funding [DISTRICT MENTIONED: John Barrow (GA-12)]

Ten new cancer projects will be funded at St. Joseph's/Candler's Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion with $1.49 million from the National Cancer Institute.

The National Cancer Institute is using $80 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to expand cancer research at the 14 sites of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) and 15 new sites.

Expanding the NCCCP network will provide access to more patients in community cancer centers to support basic, translational, clinical, and population-based research toward effective new prevention strategies and treatments for cancer patients. [4/28/10]

Daily Review Atlas (Illinois) - Warren Achievement Center receives $100,000 grant for transportation [MEMBER MENTIONED: Phil Hare (IL-17)]

U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, D-Rock Island, was in Monmouth Saturday to announce that Warren Achievement Center has secured a $100,000 grant to purchase two vans.

The intended healthcare services include: routine trips to doctors, dentists, therapists and mental health providers; visits to therapy centers for treatment of serious illness such as cancer or kidney failure; and long distance travel to specialists not available in the immediate area.

'Most people wouldn't think of transportation as a significant obstacle to accessing healthcare -- but for many rural residents it is,' Hare said. “I think this program is going to be extremely successful.' [4/27/10]

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