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E-Memo #78

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Location: Washington, DC

E-Memo #78

The House of Representatives has passed several appropriations funding bills with projects in Mississippi's Third Congressional District.

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2008 (HR 3074):

• Jackson Evers International Airport - $500,000 for airfield infrastructure improvements

• East Metropolitan Corridor in Rankin County - $250,000

• Highway 27 Hurricane Evacuation Route - $100,000

Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations for FY 2008 (HR3093):

• Regional Counterdrug Training Academy - Meridian - $310,000

• Law Enforcement Technology Funding - Smith County Sheriff's Department - $65,000

Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2008 (HR 3043):

• $135,000 to the Amite County Medical Services clinic in Liberty, Mississippi

• $215,000 for Hope Village for Children in Meridian

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY 2008 (HR3161):

• Biomass-based Energy Research - $1,188,000: A research consortium between Mississippi State University and Oklahoma State University is developing a gasification-fermentation process that utilizes all of the plant lignin to produce liquid fuel.

• E-Commerce - $328,000: Mississippi State University's research facilitates rural businesses and residents with the skills and technology to improve Mississippi's electronic infrastructure.

• Wood Utilization - $6,371,000: Mississippi State University and universities in Oregon, North Carolina, Minnesota, Michigan, Tennessee, Arkansas, and West Virginia share in these funds to research technologies to maintain America's worldwide timber industry competitiveness.

• Veterinary Medical Services Act - $1,000,000: Funding for Congressman Chip Pickering's National Veterinary Medical Services Act, signed into law by President Bush in 2003. The act provides student loan repayment to veterinary school graduates, including those at Mississippi State University, who agree to work in underserved areas of the country. Eligible students enter into agreements for a period of time and amount of repayment in exchange for service in shortage areas. The act establishes a ‘national guard' of veterinarians. For additional debt repayment, eligible students can assist the USDA in addressing disease outbreaks, agro-terrorist threats or similar emergencies.


Salted chicken label disputed (Visalia Times-Delta: 8/6)

Wilkinson County earns USDA funds for water work (Natchez Democrat: 8/5)

Law eases FEMA grant match rules (Sun Herald: 8/3)

Pickering: USDA Funds for Wilkinson, Winston, Noxubee Counties (Release: 8/3)

Pickering: Fire Department Vehicle Grants for Lauderdale, Rankin Counties (Release: 8/2)

Funding speeds up prison construction near Natchez (Clarion Ledger: 8/1)

Producers, Consumer Groups Debate ‘Natural' Definition (Springdale Morning News AR: 7/28)

$151K in Grants OK'd For Fire Departments (Clarion Ledger: 7/28)

$151K For Lauderdale, Lawrence, Newton, Madison First Responders (Release: 7/27)

House Passes Justice Appropriations Bill (Release: 7/26)

House Passes Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill (Release: 7/25)

Rep. Pickering To Target TV ‘Indecency' (NationalJournal: 7/25)

Martin Defends Open Access Spectrum Plan (Broadcasting&Cable: 7/24)

Federal program enriches rural cell phone companies (AP: 7/23)

House Passes Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill (Release: 7/20)

Construction set to begin on Magee Hospital's new Medical Center of Excellence (MHAnewsnow: 7/19)

Open Access is the Real ‘Revolution' (HuffingtonPost: 7/13)

How to Sell the Airwaves? (Washington Post: 7/12)

Congressman Pickering at the "iPhone Hearing" (YouTube: 7/11)

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