National Budget Bill Passes United States Senate
Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry and the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation today announced that the omnibus appropriations bill that passed the United States Senate today contains $125,770,000 in investments for Massachusetts priorities. Senators Kennedy and Kerry worked with their colleagues in the House, Governor Patrick, Mayors, businesses and community organizations across the Commonwealth to obtain the funding.
"From transportation improvements in Fall River to health centers in Springfield and Holyoke to projects in every other part of our Commonwealth, Massachusetts has many imminent needs in this time of economic hardship," said Senator Kennedy. "These funds will create jobs that are desperately needed, and will provide lasting benefits for all our citizens long into the future. I'm proud to support these vital investments, and to work with Senator Kerry and our House members to do all we can to help our communities and our people."
"This budget blueprint like the economic recovery plan before it is about creating jobs, jobs, and more jobs and investing in the workers who are struggling today throughout Massachusetts. From transportation and infrastructure, to medical facilities and education, these projects will help keep people working now and for the long haul. We have much more to do to fix our economy, but this money will help get us one step closer. Together with Senator Kennedy and our colleagues in the House, we fight each year to secure federal commitment for programs like these that make a real local impact. I am proud of the work we've done," said Senator Kerry.
"In these difficult economic times, this bill will provide the 7th District with critical funding to help put people back to work," said Rep. Markey. "This bill makes investments that offer short-term help for our economic problems and long-term solutions for our economic strength. With passage of this bill, Congress continues its work to improve infrastructure, advance alternative energy, strengthen our children's schools, keep our communities safe and increase access to quality health care for all."
"This bill includes needed funding for projects in New Bedford, Fall River, and other municipalities in the Fourth Congressional District. This will have a tangible impact here at home," said Rep. Frank.
"I am pleased that legislative business for FY09 has been completed, and this much needed federal assistance will benefit communities in western and central Massachusetts. Local officials sought help for projects that included law enforcement, public works, economic development and environmental protection. I expect President Obama to sign Omnibus Appropriations bill and start the process of funding these important local projects," said Congressman Richard E. Neal.
Congressman John Olver said, "These are sound, thoroughly vetted projects that will have a positive impact in western and central Massachusetts. I am very pleased that they will receive federal funds."
"These funds are vitally important to the health and economic well-being of our region," Delahunt said. "With state and local governments hard pressed to underwrite these community based initiatives, I am pleased that we were able to step in and get these important projects additional funding."
"These projects - from health care to education to law enforcement to transportation - are very important to communities all across the Commonwealth," Rep. McGovern said. "They are especially important during this economic crisis, when state and local budgets are struggling."
"During these uncertain economic times, funding for these projects will, among other things, help address important transportation priorities, mitigate flooding and erosion concerns, improve and expand job training opportunities in emerging industries, provide healthcare for our families, and prevent youth violence. I am pleased our local communities will receive funds for these important projects," said Congressman John Tierney (D-MA).
"This measure includes funding for many worthwhile initiatives, including expanded programming for our young people, transportation improvements and enhanced life sciences research, and will have a direct impact on communities throughout the state," stated Congressman Mike Capuano.
"With cities and towns struggling in the current economic downturn, these appropriations will go towards funding important community projects that may not have been possible otherwise. I am pleased to see the Senate approve the Omnibus Appropriations Bill that help support projects that will positively impact the Ninth Congressional District, like the replacement of BAT buses in the Brockton area, new equipment for the Tufts- New England Medical Center and a nanotechnology lab for Wentworth Institute of Technology," said Congressman Stephen F. Lynch
Said Rep. Niki Tsongas, "I was proud to work with Senators Kerry and Kennedy to secure this vital funding for the Fifth Congressional District which is now on its way to the President's desk. These projects are broadly supported by our local cities and towns, will reduce the tax burden for our localities, and will bring new economic opportunity while boosting ongoing job creation efforts."
The omnibus appropriations bill passed by the Senate today was approved by the House of Representatives on February 25th, and now goes to President Obama for his signature. The projects are listed below with their sponsors in the manner each appears in the legislation.