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Owens announces $117K in grant funding for local firefighters and rescue services
July 30, 2014
Today Congressman Bill Owens announced $117,610 in grants awarded to local fire and rescue companies through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FY 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. This funding will go towards operations and safety improvements at three local fire houses and emergency response facilities. “These grants give local emergency and rescue service providers the resources they need to ensure the safety of their responders and their communities,” said Owens. “... More
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House passes bipartisan agreement to reform Department of Veterans Affairs
July 30, 2014
Earlier today Congressman Bill Owens voted to approve the conference report on H.R. 3230, The Veterans Access, Choice & Accountability Act of 2014, which will reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The conference agreement was approved by the House of Representatives by a wide bipartisan margin of 420 to 5. “This is a positive step forward for our nation’s veterans and military personnel,” said Owens. “These are people who have made great sacrifices to defend our nation and they deserve... More
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Owens praises appointment of VA secretary Robert McDonald
July 29, 2014
Congressman Owens is voicing his support today for newly-appointed VA secretary Robert McDonald, the former Procter & Gamble executive who was nominated for the position last month. McDonald is a 1975 West Point graduate and served as a Procter & Gamble chief executive until last year. The Senate voted 97 to 0 this afternoon to confirm McDonald. “Our nation’s veterans deserve the best care possible,” said Owens. “To do that we need to change both the culture and the structure of the VA. With his... More
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Owens announces $411K in preparedness funding for local law enforcement
July 25, 2014
Today Congressman Bill Owens announced new funding allocations for local law enforcement agencies through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) state and local preparedness grant program for Fiscal Year 2014. OPSG provides funding to support operational preparedness along the northern and southern U.S. borders and to improve coordination among Federal, state, territorial and local law enforcement agencies. This allocation includes $102,392 for organizations in Je... More
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Owens applauds DOT progress on rail safety standards
July 23, 2014
Congressman Bill Owens today applauded news that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will raise safety standards for transporting volatile liquids across U.S. rail lines. New standards will be introduced for tank cars, brakes, shipment testing and speed limits for trains carrying flammable liquids including oil and ethanol. “With oil shipments on rail lines growing exponentially, these improved standards are a major step forward,” said Owens. “As DOT begin the process of implementing the... More
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