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Senators Kennedy and Kerry, Reps Olver and Neal Announce Millions for Western Massachusetts

Location: Washington, DC


WASHINGTON - Today, Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry and Congressmen John W. Olver and Richard E. Neal announced that the omnibus appropriations bill approved by Congress contains $37 million in fiscal year 2005 federal assistance for western Massachusetts.

The total $388 billion omnibus bill funds the majority of the federal government's domestic activities and includes nine appropriations bills: Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-State, Energy-Water, Foreign Operations, Interior, Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Legislative Branch, Transportation-Treasury, and Veterans Administration-Housing and Urban Development. The omnibus bill now goes to the president's desk for a signature.

"Senator Kerry and Representatives Olver and Neal and I have been working hard to bring federal investment to the region in transportation, social services, healthcare and education," said Senator Kennedy. "These projects will strengthen our state's ability to meet the challenges of the new century and continue to provide quality services to the people of Massachusetts."

"These projects will help reduce commute times, expand access to quality health care and make other important investments in education and technology throughout western Massachusetts," said Senator Kerry. "By making these investments in our communities, we are investing in western Massachusetts' economic future and the people who live and work there. I am pleased to work with Congressmen Olver and Neal and Senator Kennedy to obtain funding for these important initiatives."

Congressman Olver, a member of the Appropriations Committee, said, "Western Massachusetts deserves good, reliable transportation, high-quality health care and social services, and excellent and affordable educational opportunities. That is why Senators Kennedy and Kerry and Congressman Neal and I make it a top priority to do everything we can to secure federal funding for important projects in the region. I am pleased that this funding will provide a needed boost to the region and help maintain the vibrancy of western Massachusetts."

"This federal assistance will benefit a host of important economic development projects throughout the Pioneer Valley. From transportation to health care, this money will help make a difference in the quality of life of those who live and work in greater Springfield. Today's announcement is also a reminder that western and central Massachusetts continues to receive its fair share of federal funding," said Congressman Neal.

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