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  • A $1.45 billion loan guarantee from the Department of Energy to make possible the financing, construction and start-up of the Solana Generating Station, which will be the largest in the world when construction is complete and employ approximately 1,600 Arizonans near Gila Bend.
  • $63 million to Tucson from the Department of Transportation to build a light rail system through an economically significant portion of the city.
  • Nearly $28 million for the construction of a new federal courthouse in Yuma.
  • $20 million to Tucson Unified School District for qualified school construction bonds.
  • More than $17 million for the construction of a new 120-bed veterans nursing home in Tucson.
  • $5 million in federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants to the City of Tucson.
  • $4.88 million for a total of three groundwater and pipeline improvement projects near Yuma.
  • $5 million to Tucson’s Sion Power Corporation to develop a new battery to power electric vehicles for more than 300 miles between charges.
  • $1.6 million from the Department of Commerce to create job search Internet hubs and virtual workforce training centers around the state.

 

What is United States Congress?

The United States Congress is the two-house legislature of the centralized government of United States that consists of 2 houses: the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Capitol is where the Congress meets in Washington, D.C. the two representatives and the senators are selected by direct election although vacancies may also be filled through governatorial appointment. The members are affiliated to Democratic Party or to Republican Party and rarely as independents or a third party. The congress is compose of five hundred thirty-five voting members: one hundred Senators and four hundred thirty-five Representatives.

The House of Representative members have to serve for two years of term on behalf of the people of the district. Using the result of the United States Census, districts are allocated to states through population, provided that individual state has a congressional representative at least one. Each state, irrespective of the size or population must have two senators. Presently, we have one hundred senators which represents the fifty states. The senators are elected in his state for six-year term, the terms are staggered so one-third of the whole Senate is approximately up for elections after every 2 years.

Jobs & Economy

When Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February of 2009, Raúl warned that spending on infrastructure and direct job creation was too limited. Even now, with the need for job creation as apparent as ever, budget “hawks” who like to consider themselves fiscally disciplined are approving money for more open-ended conflict in Afghanistan rather than funding shovel-ready projects to get Americans back to work. That’s why Raúl wrote an open letter signed by 20 other Members of Congress on July 27 laying out how America can get its budget priorities back in line, highlighting the fact that $10 billion for teacher jobs, $1 billion for summer youth employment, and $5 billion for Pell grants, among other important funds, were cut from the war spending bill then coming to the House floor despite being fully paid for and not adding to the budget deficit.