Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Get Moore over the Hump Day

As promised, Get Moore over the Hump day returns. The Congressman wants to raise $125,000 before March 31, and I'd like to get him way past that. When you give, add 2 cents ($0.02) to your donation to show I sent you.

Kansas would get $2.34 billion for roads under highway bill:

Kansas is in line for $2.34 billion to spend on fixing roads and bridges over the next six years, its share of a massive federal highway and transit bill approved Thursday by the House.

Congress has been working on the long-delayed $284 billion transportation package for more than a year and a half, only to see it stall due to disagreements between Congress and the White House on the total cost. Supporters say the projects funded by the bill will ease congestion, lower traffic fatalities and create jobs.

Kansas' haul is 21 percent, or $412 million, more that the state received for highway project in the last six-year bill, according to estimates made by House staff members. The estimate doesn't include money included in the bill for mass-transit projects. …

The legislation now calls for $8.5 million to replace a bridge over the Union Pacific railroad tracks on U.S. 169 in Kansas City, Kan., and $5 million for construction of an interchange at Kansas 7 and 55th Street/Johnson Drive in Johnson County, according to Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan.

Other projects include $4 million for construction of several interchanges on Interstate 435 and I-35 in Johnson County.
Wyandotte County to receive $8.9 mill:

Kansas City, Kan. is one step closer to replacing the bridge over the Union Pacific railroad tracks on Seventh Street.

On Thursday, the U.S. House approved H.R. 3, the Transportation Equity Act that will give $30 million in federal funding requested by Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kansas. The bill includes $8.9 million in federal dollars to replace the U.S. Highway 169 bridge in KCK.
Bringing home the bacon.
Critics assail cuts in federal grants:
“[Community Development Block Grant] money is not about urban and it's not about rural. It's about people,” Annabeth Surbaugh, chairwoman of the Johnson County Commission, said at a news conference held by U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, a Kansas Democrat from the 3rd District.

“It seems like when the feds do a shift in funding we get the shaft,” Surbaugh said.

The federal block grant program, Moore said, is the most reliable source of federal funding for programs that address the social, economic and environmental problems that affect communities.

“In Johnson County it supports neighborhood redevelopment, assisted in construction of a hotel, helped individuals with developmental disabilities and restored a community structure into a library,” Moore said.

On Wednesday, Moore, who sits on the House Budget Committee, proposed restoring $1.5 billion to the federal block grant program. …

For more than 30 years, the federal block grants have provided funds for homeless assistance, community revitalization, job training, child care, domestic violence shelters, senior centers and emergency housing. …

In February, the Bush administration proposed lumping the block-grant program in with 17 other programs and reducing funding for the group by 30 percent, from the current $5.3 billion to $3.7 billion. …

The National League of Cities maintains that in 2004, programs funded by block grants created or retained 90,637 jobs. Also, the league claims that for every dollar of block-grant funding, $2.79 is leveraged through private sources.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National Association of Counties also have denounced the cuts. …

Surbaugh, who got her start in politics as a block-grant board member in Overland Park, said that without the grants, homes deteriorate, neighborhoods crumble and the social fabric of a community begins to fray.

Despite Johnson County's relative affluence, officials said that since 2000, the number of residents who were at or below the poverty line had doubled to more than 23,000.
Taking care of our communities.

Soldiers' families invited to meet with Rep. Moore:

The families of military service members are invited to a public meeting with U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, R-Kan., to discuss ways to support troops and maintain strong, motivated armed forces.

"I want to learn all I can about the challenges our troops and their families are facing so we can provide them with the resources they need to accomplish their missions," Moore said. …

Moore currently is trying to increase the minimum survivor benefit plan annuity for surviving spouses of service members who are age 62 and older. The bill increases the military death gratuity from $12,000 to $100,000 and would be applied retroactively to all servicemen and women on active duty who have died since Sept. 11, 2001.
And supporting our soldiers and their families in difficult times.

This is what good, moderate, non-ideological Congressmen do. Doesn't he deserve a few dollars? Go to his secure website, and tack 2 cents onto your contribution, to remind them I sent you.