SENATORS EDWARD M. KENNEDY AND JOHN F. KERRY AND CONGRESSMEN CAPUANO, LYNCH AND MARKEY ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR VITAL BOSTON AREA PROJECTSSSSS
"Transportation, Economic Development, Health Care, and Education Projects to Receive $16 Million"
WASHINGTON - Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry and Congressmen Michael Capuano, Stephen F. Lynch and Edward Markey announced today, funding for the greater Boston area in the omnibus appropriations bill approved by Congress for fiscal year 2005.
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 signature.
"I am very glad that we've been able to secure some funding for critical Boston-area education, transportation, and community development projects," Senator Kennedy said. "From the Greater Boston Food Bank expansion to the East Boston Neighborhood Community Health Center Workforce Development Programs to Cambridge Mayor Mike Sullivan's Kendall Square redevelopment project, these are impressive local initiatives that we're proud to support."
"These investments in our community will make a real difference in people's daily lives. These projects do everything from help families in need of food, shelter and health care to promote science education to pave the way for innovations in cancer care and treatment," Senator Kerry said. "I am honored to have worked with Senator Kennedy and Congressmen Capuano, Lynch and Markey to help bring these important projects home."
"This money will be used for a range of critical local initiatives, from training health care workers to providing services for homeless children and improving our transportation infrastructure. Through this funding we were able to provide assistance to a number of worthwhile local agencies, including the Fenway Community Health Center, the Museum of Science and the Urban College of Boston's educational programs," stated Congressman Mike Capuano.
Congressman Stephen F. Lynch said, "Every community in Massachusetts continues to face cuts in local aid. We need to provide as much federal relief as possible. This federal funding will provide critical support for affordable housing initiatives, homeless children and their families, and the thousands of families served by our community health centers and local hospitals. Importantly, this money will also provide crucial funding for the final phase of the MBTA's Silver Line project. This is not only important to the Building Trades people who work on the project but also to the state and the City of Boston as we try to complete improvements to our roadways, waterways and public transit system."
"These funds will help create new jobs while enhancing the health, education, safety and beauty of Boston and the surrounding area. Greater Boston has a health care system second to none because we continue to invest in cutting edge medical technology and services. I am particularly pleased to support the construction of the new Heller School and the Moakley Building at Boston Medical Center. All of these initiatives will help meet the growing needs of our community," Congressman Markey said.