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House Passes Strong Pro-Life Measure to Empower States, Protect Taxpayers

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement applauding House passage of H.R. 3495, the Women’s Public Health and Safety Act, authored by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)

Wicker: Cost of Power to Explode Under Obama’s Air Agenda

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today questioned Janet McCabe, a top official at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation, about the Administration’s so-called “unprecedented outreach effort” with states during the development of the Clean Power Plan. Wicker’s comments were made during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing regarding the economic implications of the President’s air agenda.

Grijalva Congratulates U of A on Tremendous Grant to Study Green Infrastructure

Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) released the following statement today congratulating the University of Arizona on receiving nearly $1.8 million in grant funding from the National Science Foundation to study the optimal and actual implementation of green infrastructure to maximize urban shade.

Treasury Guarantees $327 Million In Bond Funding For Projects In Low-Income Communities

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) announced today that an additional nine bond loans, totaling $327 million, were guaranteed in fiscal year (FY) 2015, bringing the total guaranteed to date to $852 million. All of the bond proceeds, provided through the Community Development Financial Institutions Bond Guarantee Program (CDFI Bond Guarantee Program), will provide long-term, fixed rate capital for projects in low-income and underserved communities

HUD AWARDS BARTLESVILLE, OKLAHOMA $500,000 MAIN STREET GRANT

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that the Bartlesville Redevelopment Trust Authority will receive a $500,000 grant to redevelop the former Washington County Memorial Hospital and build additional affordable housing units targeted to low-income residents. The grant is funded through HUD’s HOPE VI MainStreet Program.

Volunteers across the globe participate in USGBC’s Green Apple Day of Service, school enhancements...

Volunteers came together in schools and communities across the globe on Saturday, September 26 for the Green Apple Day of Service, an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Students, teachers, parents, elected officials, organizations and companies participated in 4,682 projects across all 50 states and in 31 countries throughout the world to enhance the environments of their local schools

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Announces New Tribal Energy Technical Assistance Initiative to Help Native...

Under an agreement announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (VIWAPA) will come into compliance with the federal Clean Air Act at its Krum Bay facility on St. Thomas and Cruz Bay facility on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The settlement resolves numerous violations of the Clean Air Act, including VIWAPA’s failure to properly operate pollution control equipment to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter that can cause serious respiratory illness.

Norton Statement on FTA Approval of WMATA’s Safety Corrective Action Plan

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, who is still trying to increase the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) special capital improvement appropriation that has been cut by $25 million in the House for fiscal year 2016, released the following statement on the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) approval of WMATA’s Corrective Action Plan to address safety violations found earlier this year after FTA’s Safety Management Inspection (SMI).

Aumua Announces $7 Million in Grant Funds for Infrastructure Projects Across the Island

Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, announced the release of more than $7 million in grant funding to American Samoa through the Office of Insular Affairs’ (OIA) Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Program. The funds will be used to support priorities and much needed improvements to critical infrastructure in the territory

Bishop: Special Interests Will Not Prevent Congress from Modernizing LWCF, Protecting State and Local...

House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement on efforts to modernize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act of 1965. “Both Republicans and Democrats support the original intent of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, but the program has drifted far from the original intent.

HUD AWARDS NEARLY $150 MILLION TO FIVE COMMUNITIES TO REVITALIZE HOUSING, SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro traveled to Atlanta, Georgia and Kansas City, Missouri today to announce that five communities will receive a combined $150 million to redevelop severely distressed public housing and revitalize the surrounding neighborhood. HUD is awarding Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Implementation Grants to city and housing authority partnerships in Atlanta, Georgia; Kansas City, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Sacramento, California; in order to begin the process of transforming, rehabilitating and preserving public housing.

HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT NEW RESIDENTIAL SALES IN AUGUST

Sales of new single-family houses in August 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 552,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Census Bureau. This is 5.7 percent (±16.2%)* above the revised July rate of 522,000 and is 21.6 percent (±18.7%) above the August 2014 estimate of 454,000.

Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Signs Legal Agreement with EPA and U.S. Department...

Under an agreement announced today by the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (VIWAPA) will come into compliance with the federal Clean Air Act at its Krum Bay facility on St. Thomas and Cruz Bay facility on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The settlement resolves numerous violations of the Clean Air Act, including VIWAPA’s failure to properly operate pollution control equipment to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter that can cause serious respiratory illness.

Marie Debor Joins BRIDGE Housing as Vice President of Development

Marie Debor has been named Vice President of Development for BRIDGE Housing, a nationally recognized nonprofit developer, owner and manager of affordable housing. Ms. Debor previously spent 13 years at The Related Companies, most recently as Vice President of Development, where she was responsible for all aspects of the development process including financial analysis, acquisition, planning and design, entitlement processing and financing.

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing to Cut Ribbon on 43 Affordable Apartments in Carpinteria

Carpinteria, Sept. 15, 2015 – Peoples’ Self-Help Housing will cut the ribbon on its 45th affordable project, Casas de las Flores, on Oct. 15 during a ceremony celebrating completion of the long-awaited, 43-unit complex at 4096 Via Real.

City Officials Join Barrier Free Living, Alembic Community Development and Foxy Management to Celebrate...

New York City’s Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) joined Barrier Free Living (BFL), Alembic Community Development and Foxy Management to celebrate the grand opening of Barrier Free Living Residences for Families and Individuals in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx.  The project reflects the City’s ongoing efforts to expand supportive housing for its most vulnerable residents, and is BFL’s first permanent supportive housing development.

EPA Finalizes Rule to Modernize Clean Water Act Reporting

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to modernize Clean Water Act reporting for municipalities, industries, and other facilities. The final rule will require regulated entities and state and federal regulators to use existing, available information technology to electronically report data required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program instead of filing written paper reports

Grants to help once-incarcerated veterans return to work, avoid homelessness

Supporting the president's goal to eliminate homelessness among U.S. military veterans, the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service today announced the award of $1.5 million in grants to help once-incarcerated veterans considered "at risk" of becoming homeless. In all, seven grants will serve more than 650 formerly incarcerated veterans in six states.

TWO PLEAD GUILTY IN $18.5 MILLION MORTGAGE MODIFICATION SCHEME

Christy Goldsmith Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, and Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced Wednesday that Ped Abghari, also known as “Ted Allen”, and Justin Romano pleaded guilty for their roles in orchestrating a massive mortgage modification scheme that collectively defrauded over 8,000 homeowners out of over $18.5 million. Abghari and Romano each pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and Abghari also pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony.

KY 14472 – SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Residents of Kentucky Affected by an...

Kentucky businesses and residents affected by the apartment fire at the Grand Hotel in Hazard, Kentucky on Sept. 1, can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced today.

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GSA’s Proving Ground Program Selects Grid-Interactive Efficient Building Solutions for Evaluation

The U.S. General Services Administration’s Proving Ground (GPG) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's High Impact Technology Catalyst (HIT) program has selected four Grid-interactive Efficient Building (GEB) solutions for testing in GSA facilities.