$1 million in Federal Funding for Runway Expansion at Delaware Coastal Airport

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U.S. Senator Tom Carper joined Sussex County officials this week to announce $1 million in federal funding for Delaware Coastal Airport’s runway extension project. This funding will go toward the environmental assessment and preliminary design of the runway extension to 6,000 feet. The funding is a part of $154 million in federal funding secured by Senators Carper, Chris…

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Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester Votes to Pass Six Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations Bills

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Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester has voted to pass six Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations bills. Included in this package are a number of provisions that Blunt-Rochester championed including measures that will invest in community-based violence intervention and prevention programs, aim to make our supply chains more resilient, and offer programs that include vocational and skills training…

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Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester Becomes Lead Sponsor of Bipartisan JOBS Act to Strengthen Economy

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On the floor of the House this week, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester requested unanimous consent to become the lead sponsor of a bill that would expand eligibility for federal Pell Grant programs to individuals interested in pursuing short-term, high-quality education and training programs. The goal is to address the worker shortage by closing the skills…

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Delaware’s Delegation Works Together to Secure Funding Authorization to Construct New Blood Processing Laboratory

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U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester applauded President Biden signing the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The $886 billion bill supports a 5.2% pay raise for military servicemembers and the Department of Defense civilian workforce. The bill also includes provisions for Delaware, including the authorization of $30.5 million…

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Bipartisan Supply Chains Measure Passes Energy & Commerce Committee Unanimously

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Following months of negotiations, a bipartisan supply chains measure passed the House Energy & Commerce Committee this week. The vote was unanimous–44-0. Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester spoke about the importance of the legislation… The bipartisan legislation would create a whole-of-government approach to mapping, monitoring, and proactively strengthening American supply chains, bringing manufacturing jobs back home,…

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$1 Million in Funding Secured for Development of Behavioral Health Treatment Area at Tidalhealth Nanticoke’s Emergency Department

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Due to the growing mental health needs of the Seaford community, U.S. Senator Tom Carper this week joined representatives from TidalHealth Nanticoke to announce a $1 million Congressionally Directed Spending grant award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a dedicated, private and safe behavioral health treatment area within the hospital’s…

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Carper, Coons, Blunt Rochester Announce More Than $500,000 for Delaware’s Recycling Infrastructure

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A grant funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law aims to help improve Delaware’s recycling infrastructure and waste management systems. U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons along with Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester announced the $531,690 award today. The funding is from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling grant program to the Delaware…

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AmeriCorps State and National FY 2023 Grants to Support Three Programs in Reading Assistance and Summer Learning

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U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons as well as Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester have announced nearly $2.4 million in State and National funding including grants and education awards from AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism. Senator Carper says this funding will help students continue to succeed inside and outside of the…

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Grant Awarded to Sussex County Habitat for Humanity’s Home Modification Services to Benefit Older Adults

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Older adults will be given safety and accessibility improvements that meet their needs, thanks to funding that will go towards Sussex County Habitat for Humanity’s home modification services. Today, U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons as well as Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester announced the grant, which amounts to more than 1.2 million dollars. The…

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Blunt Rochester Introduced JOBS Act to Address Job Shortages

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Delaware Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester along with several other lawmakers have introduced the “Jumpstart Our Businesses by Supporting Students (JOBS)” Act. The measure would expand eligibility for federal Pell Grant programs to those interested in pursuing short-term, high-quality education and training programs to address the worker shortage by closing the skills gap. Currently there are…

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DE Congressional Delegation Announces Funding for the DVFA

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The Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association has received a $1.25-million SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) FEMA grant which is to help local fire departments hire, train and retain front line firefighters. Delaware’s Congressional Delegation adds that additional grants may be announced at a later date. More from the news release from the Delaware…

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Delmarva Reacts to White House Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

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Elected officials and education leaders are reacting to President Biden’s action to forgive up to $10,000 in student loans for recipients who make less than $125,000, and up to $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients. Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del. released this statement: “As the cost of higher education has ballooned over the last three decades,…

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$35 Million Federal Investment in Delaware Transit Announced by DE Congressional Delegation

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U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, along with Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del.), today announced historic investments in public transit from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, including more than $35 million to Delaware for fiscal year 2022. This funding from the Federal Transit  Administration will enable transit agencies like Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) to modernize and…

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Sen. Carper, Rep. Blunt Rochester Highlight Climate Change Challenges During Beach Visits

Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester and Senator Tom Carper visited two Delaware beach communities Tuesday. (photo courtesy of Sen. Tom Carper's Office)
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Delaware for the most part is flat and low-lying, leaving it exposed to the threat of climate change, according to Senator Tom Carper, D-Delaware Carper was accompanied by Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Delaware, Delaware Natural Resources Secretary Shawn Garvin and officials with the US Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday during visits to Slaughter Beach and…

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Downstate Water Projects Move Forward Under Infrastructure Act

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Delaware will get ‘historic’ investments into water infrastructure projects, according to the state’s congressional delegation. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed by President Biden in November, directs $51.5-million to The First State in Fiscal Year 2022 through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Improvements at Indian River Inlet, dredging of the Lewes and Rehoboth…

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VIDEO | What Are Infrastructure Act’s Investments Into Delaware?

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The Delaware congressional delegation takes a victory lap of sorts following recent passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. “Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that President Biden signed last week, we will be able to repair the transportation system Americans rely on today – and build a transportation system that empowers Americans to…

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Del. Entertainment Venues, Individuals Get Shares Of Relief Funding

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Delaware live performance venues will receive shares of more than $30-million through the Shuttered Venue Operator Grant program. Legislation sponsored by the state’s congressional delegation, the Save Our Stages Act, made grants available to eligible organizations that have suffered revenue losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Venues, promoters, arts organizations, talent representatives, producers, museums and…

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