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Congressman Neal announces millions in federal funds for western and central Massachusetts

January 25, 2009
Press Release

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal announced that millions of dollars of federal funds for western and central Massachusetts have been included in the $410 billion Omnibus Appropriations bill that passed today in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation, which includes nine spending bills Congress had not approved, will finish appropriations work for FY09, which started October 1, 2008. This funding is separate from the $787 billion that was included in the stimulus package that President Obama signed into law last week. The Omnibus bill makes investments that offer short term help for our economic challenges and long term solutions towards a future of stability, recovery and prosperity.

“Today’s vote on the Omnibus bill will bring federal assistance to many worthy projects in western and central Massachusetts. This legislation will make investments in cutting edge science, promote clean water, redevelop neighborhoods and encourage continued education. From the Pioneer Valley to the Blackstone Valley, these funds will help make our communities a better place to live, work and visit. I am pleased that so many important projects from our region will be funded from the appropriations bill that passed today,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal.

A list of Appropriations funds for the Second Congressional District of Massachusetts is included below. More than $11,000,000 will be invested in the region (the Silvio Conte Wildlife Refuge enters parts of CT and NH) with the passage of today’s legislation.

APPROPRIATIONS FUNDS FOR SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
ON FY09 OMNIBUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL

Transportation and Housing and Urban Development

$380,000 for the construction and renovation of Samuel May House and Leicester Visitor’s Center
$950,000 for the Spring and Elliot Street Improvements, Springfield, MA
$95,000 for Northampton, MA for the demolition, planning, design and renovation of an adult learning center.

Labor, Health and Human Services

$571,000 Pioneer Valley Life Sciences, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA for facilities and equipment
$143,000 Mercy Medical Center for facilities and equipment
$285,000 for Harrington Memorial Hospital, Southbridge, MA for facilities and equipment

Commerce, Justice, State

$500,000 for Hampden County Sheriff’s Department’s Integrated Re-entry Program – Department of Justice
$250,000 for Phoenix House, Springfield, MA Drug Treatment technology Enhancement Initiative

Interior

$1,000,000 for the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission for the Connecticut River Combined Sewer Overflow Projects. STAG Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Program, EPA
$3,815,000 for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, Fish and Wildlife Service, Land Acquisition. (Joint request with CT and NH Members also).

Energy and Water

$475,750 for the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute BioMedical Research, Department of Energy.
$2,664,200 for an Ethanol Plant in MA and CT, Department of Energy.
Milford Pond Restoration Project, Corps of Engineers, Section 206, priority project. (No dollar amount listed in the bill)

Congressman Neal also secured federal funds in FY09 in the Continuing Resolution that became law on September 30, 2008. Those appropriations were:

· $943,000 for Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee for a Joint Service Lodging Facility
· $1.2 million for Kollmorgen in Northampton for HALO, a 360 Degree Imaging Sensor for US Navy submarines

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