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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Westport’s Save the Children Gets $143,000 in Federal Aid

Westport’s Save the Children will get $143,000 in federal funds for curriculum development for early childhood education, obesity, and literacy programs including the purchasing of equipment, Congressman Jim Himes announced today.

The grant was among numerous projects approved for the 4th Congressional District as part of the Omnibus Appropriations bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

Highlights of the package include more than $6.5 million for public transportation in Bridgeport and Stamford and $500,000 for an after school program in Bridgeport as well as millions in infrastructure spending for local waterways.

“My predecessor, Congressman (Christopher) Shays, initiated and supported a number of requests for worthy projects in the district, and I’m proud to have picked up the ball and fought for their preservation,” Himes said. “These projects are important to our communities and quality of life.”

The congressman was particularly supportive of a provision in the bill that blocks a Congressional pay raise. Himes will be donating the raise he is receiving in 2009 to local charities.

“When we’re asking families and businesses to tighten their belts and sacrifice to help pull the county through this crisis, we in Congress must be willing to do the same,” said Himes. “We’re serious about putting our economy on the path toward economic recovery.”

The bill now goes to the Senate for approval.

In a statement, the National Republican Congressional Committee denounced Himes and the spending bill.

“While middle-class families and small businesses across America are forced to make tough spending decisions every day in the face of an economic recession, Jim Himes and congressional Democrats haven’t lost their appetite for spending in Washington,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain.

“After supporting the pork-laden stimulus at the expense of American taxpayers, this latest spending bill adds insult to injury for Himes’ empty promise to work for fiscal responsibility.”

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