Carper, Coons, Blunt Rochester Push to Renew Expired Funding for Child Care

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U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester are joining other colleagues in urging congressional leadership to renew expired funding for child care in any supplemental funding package. Funding the lawmakers passed in the American Rescue Plan Act that allowed millions of parents to afford child care and keep their jobs during the pandemic expired in September, but…

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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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Del. Delegation: First State To Receive $97-Million Through Appropriations Bill

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An appropriations bill making its way through Congress would direct $97-million to Delaware for various projects.Schools, higher education, small business, healthcare and infrastructure-related projects and organizations would get support under the legislation, according to Senator Tom Carper, Senator Chris Coons and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (all Delaware Democrats) The chairs of the Senate and House…

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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?

Photo courtesy of Senator Tom Carper's Office
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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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Virtual Conference Addresses Potential And Challenges of Del. Global Trade And Investment

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More than one in five jobs in Delaware, is dependant on international trade. The COVID-19 pandemic and the supply chain crisis may impact the potential of economic activity among various countries. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Summit is being hosted today (Monday) by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.Former Governor Jack Markell, recently appointed as the Biden Administration’s…

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US Energy Secretary Visits Del. To Highlight Energy Efficiency, Infrastructure

Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Senator Tom Carper visited New Castle County Wednesday (photo courtesy of Senator Tom Carper, shared on Twitter)
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During a visit to Delaware Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm – recently under fire for laughing off a question about high prices during an interview – took part in an announcement that the U.S. Department of Energy has upgraded one-million homes with energy efficiency improvements through the Home performance with ENERGY STAR program.…

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Del. To Invest $50-Million Into Job Training, Workforce Development

Governor John Carney gathered with students and others at Delaware Tech in Wilmington, where a $50-million ARPA job training investment was announced. (photo courtesy of Governor Carney's office)
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Job training and workforce development in Delaware will get a $50-million investment, using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. The state’s Pathways program that allows students to gain real-world work experience while in school will grow through a $15.8-million public-and-private expansion. Also, the Forward-Delaware jobs-training program will continue to provide students with work experience…

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Rescue Plan Brings $16-M To Del. For COVID Vax Efforts

Photo courtesy of Brendan Mackie, office of US Sen. Chris Coons
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Delaware’s COVID-19 vaccination program is getting a big boost through the American Rescue Plan Act. Members of Delaware’s Congressional Delegation visited Christiana Care Monday to detail how Delaware’s $16-million share of the package will support ongoing efforts to vaccinate more Delawareans. It helps to pay for supplies, testing and other expenses and functions with the…

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