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Owens announces $551K in FAA grants for Ogdensburg and Plattsburgh Airports
July 22, 2014
Today Congressman Bill Owens announced $475,000 in grant funding that has been awarded to Ogdensburg International Airport and $76,000 to Plattsburgh International Airport. The funds will be used to clear obstructions including trees and tree cover from runways and transitional surfaces. “Maintaining these airport runways is critical for their continued service to the region,” said Owens. “This funding supports the basic upkeep that allows these facilities to continue uninterrupted service for b... More
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Owens speaks at bipartisan panel discussion on sustainable forestry
July 17, 2014
Earlier today Congressman Bill Owens participated in a bipartisan panel discussion addressing international and domestic issues and trends in the forest products industry. The event was hosted by the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF). “A successful forest products industry is vital to the North Country economy and depends on the long-term health of our forests as a resource,” said Owens. “Discussions at the event today made it clear that this industry continues to move forward ... More
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House approves $105M to upgrade Alexandria Bay border facility
July 16, 2014
Today the House of Representatives voted to approve $105,570,000 in funding to renovate and upgrade the Alexandria Bay Land Port of Entry (LPOE). The funding was included as part of the Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations bill. “Funding for infrastructure that supports growth in commerce and tourism, such as the land port at Alexandria Bay, is an investment,” said Owens. “Increasing traffic from tourism and commerce is causing wait times to rise at th... More
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Owens votes to replenish Highway Trust Fund
July 15, 2014
Today, Congressman Bill Owens voted to adopt a bipartisan short-term solution to replenish the Highway Trust Fund. If similar legislation is approved by the Senate, it will provide about $11 billion in infrastructure funding expected to last until spring of 2015. Owens hopes the House and Senate can work out any differences so final action can be taken as soon as possible. “The Highway Trust Fund is a critical pillar supporting many industries throughout our district, state, and nation,” said Co... More
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Owens votes to streamline, improve U.S. job training programs
July 10, 2014
Last night Congressman Owens voted to approve the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), H.R. 803. The bill, which passed by a vote of 415 to 6, will streamline and update the national workforce development system by shifting greater control of programs and funding to state governments and local business leaders. It also consolidates 15 redundant programs and emphasizes employment services for veterans, rural areas, young people entering the job market, and the long-term unemployed. “A... More
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