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Cuellar announces $55.78 million in USDA funds

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October 22, 2010, 11:23am
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WASHINGTON DC-- Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has successfully implemented its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Recovery Act) programs, and will distribute 250 grants totaling $55,784,0 to the 28th Congressional District of Texas.

“USDA investments improve our communities because these dollars will preserve and create jobs, and will fund the technology and infrastructure that will lay the groundwork for future economic growth,” said Congressman Cuellar. “These Recovery Act funds arrive not only on schedule, but also with unprecedented levels of integrity and oversight.”

The Rural Development program committed the most funds, with $51,532,669 going towards Single Family Housing loans, waste and water disposal and community facilities. The Agriculture Disaster Assistance program received 153 grants, worth $1,322,603 in committed funds.

Additionally, the State of Texas also received $1,352,807,465 in committed funding for state-wide programs such as National School Lunch Program, The Emergency Food Assistance Program and the Aquaculture Assistance Program.

As a result of nationwide investments to date:
1,478 Community Facility projects have been funded in Rural America. These projects will provide funds to 563 public safety facilities, 178 health care facilities, and 312 educational facilities, as well as improved services to 15,549,415 residents.

854 Water and Waste Disposal projects have been funded in Rural America providing 1,719,215 customers with new or improved service while reducing rural people’s exposure to water-related health and safety hazards by 6.29 percent.

Approximately 77,143 producers received disaster payments under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program as of October 12, 2010.

Over 42 million Americans are receiving a 13.6 percent increase in their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

Approximately 2.8 million households, 6.9 million people, 364,330 businesses, and 32,119 anchor institutions will receive rural broadband access.

The enclosed report outlines funding committed to projects in the 28th Congressional District of Texas, as well as awards that serve multiple Districts. For specific project information, please visit

Congressman Henry Cuellar is a member of the U.S. House Homeland Security, Agriculture, and Oversight & Government Reform Committees in the 111th Congress. Accessibility to constituents, education, health care, economic development, and national security are his priorities. Congressman Cuellar is also a Senior Whip and member of the Blue Dog Coalition.

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Elaine K.  
October 25, 2010 7:08am
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Russell Dickerson  
Floresville, TX  
October 25, 2010 6:15am
So then, the Government created your job? Well, I'm happy for you. Perhaps you'd like to join those government jobs created in Africa teaching men to wash themselves after sex? Eight hundred thousand of a twelve million ... More ›

Alvin Charmaine  
October 25, 2010 6:00am
Russell you were arguing that the govt could not produce a job and now you're arguing that the jobs the govt produces are too expensive I wish people stated positions and facts consistently because without that it's just ... More ›

Russell Dickerson  
Floresville, TX  
October 25, 2010 5:38am
Well, I'm not falling for the "look at the birdie" maneuver. By their measure, you've never accomplished anything in your life because the government invested $$ in your education. The government did it all, you ... More ›

Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
October 25, 2010 12:17am
"Texas has received some 1,393 federal awards totaling over $9.8 billion.....generated some 40,583 full-time equivalent jobs." That's about $241,481 per job. These must all be government jobs. Pretty good pay ... More ›

Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
October 24, 2010 11:47pm
"likely created or preserved at least 150,000 jobs " Still pounding those talking points, eh, muckraker? Now you want to TRY to talk about issues and all you do is dredge up the most ridiculous argument yet. "likely ... More ›

Alvin Charmaine  
October 24, 2010 9:26pm
Umm no I'm not in err. Most of your tax money and most of this stimulus money is spent on what you are calling private industry. If you don't think it's govt than you have no problem with high taxes - cause that's where the ... More ›

Russell Dickerson  
Floresville, TX  
October 24, 2010 8:14pm
Excuse me Alvin, but you are in error. Government does NOT (including NASA) create industries. By definition, industries are non-governmental entities. Only in Fascist and Communist countries does the government create industry, ... More ›

colin strother  
October 24, 2010 8:02pm
here is what the SA Business Journal and the REPUBLICAN Susan Combs and REPUBLICAN Perryman Group said: San Antonio Business Journal (Texas) - Texas recovery funding is filling some gaps What has this $787 billion recovery ... More ›

Alvin Charmaine  
October 24, 2010 5:42pm
Russell what was incorrect? I never said "control" I said created The govt created the internet That's how stimulus works. Stick to IT because you don't understand business NASA has created industries, ... More ›

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