We’ve just received three press releases involving U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D), pictured above during a visit with local voters, who is campaigning to keep her seat in the U.S. Senate. In the first of those releases, Lincoln announced a $400,000 grant to improve USDA Programs for rural Arkansas communities. The grant, funded through the USDA Strike Force Effort (a pilot program being tested in our state), will help the communities access USDA programs and resources.
“As Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I am proud to bring a pilot program like this to Arkansas as we look for better ways to provide resources and information to rural communities that need it the most,” said Lincoln. “This funding will improve outreach efforts to Arkansas’s poorest communities, giving them greater opportunities to tap into the economic development tools that USDA has to offer.”
To read more from the other two press releases (both of which also reference U.S. Congressman Mike Ross (D), who is also battling to keep his seat) involving Lincoln,
The first release:
U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and U.S. Representatives Marion Berry (AR-01), Vic Snyder (AR-02) and Mike Ross (AR-04) today announced that the Arkansas Department of Health will receive a $1,241,740 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant to support programs that help improve the health of mothers and children.
Funds will be used to support maternal and child health programs aimed at reducing infant mortality, increasing the number of children immunized against disease, expanding access to maternity care for women, and supporting child care and health services for children with special needs. Services for pregnant mothers are offered at 59 maternity clinics throughout Arkansas, and child health services are offered at local health units at 94 locations in Arkansas’s 75 counties.
These funds were awarded under HHS’s Maternal and Child Health Services Grant program.
“This investment will ensure that pregnant mothers and children throughout Arkansas receive quality health services, and these funds will be especially helpful for parents of children with special needs,” Lincoln said. “I congratulate the Arkansas Department of Health for successfully administering a program that has delivered enormous public health benefits in the last 75 years, and I will continue working to secure resources that expand access to quality health care for Arkansas’s children and mothers.”
“Quality health care for mothers and children saves lives and lifts up families. This investment will help mothers and children across Arkansas stay healthy and receive the care they need and deserve,” Pryor said.
“Getting mothers proper prenatal care, educating parents about child immunization, and providing services for special needs children are some of the best investments in our children’s future we can make,” Berry said. “This grant will give our health care providers the much needed support to continue these important programs.”
“We must do all we can to ensure that our children and expecting mothers have access to the best possible care, nutrition and resources available,” Ross said. “I am pleased to help announce this federal investment because it will provide greater access to important health care programs throughout our state.”
“The Maternal and Child Health Services grant has been so important to Arkansas because over the years it has helped us to reduce infant and maternal mortality 95 percent and eliminate the suffering and deaths associated with polio. The recent addition of folic acid to the public food supply has resulted in a 25 percent decrease in the number of babies born to Arkansas families with fatal brain and spine birth defects,” said Dr. David Grimes, Family Health Branch Chief at the Arkansas Department of Health.
The second release:
U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and U.S. Representatives Marion Berry (AR-01), Vic Snyder (AR-02) and Mike Ross (AR-04) today announced that the Arkansas State Police will receive a $507,971 U.S. Department of Transportation grant to continue statewide traffic safety programs in Arkansas.
Funds will be used to support programs that enforce drunk driving, speeding and seat belt laws, and promote traffic safety through education programs and advertising campaigns. These resources will be distributed to police departments throughout Arkansas to promote and enforce traffic safety.
“This funding will help law enforcement officers throughout Arkansas prevent drunk driving and keep our roads safe for motorists,” Lincoln said. “This assistance is especially important while local budgets are tight during these tough economic times, and I will continue working to ensure we have the resources we need to stay safe and strong.”
“Drunk and unsafe driving ruin lives and tear apart families,” Pryor said. “This grant will help the Arkansas State Police enforce the laws, educate the public, and keep our roads safe.”
“Giving our police departments the resources they need to effectively keep motorists safe benefits everyone,” Berry said. “The more people we educate about the dangers of driving drunk, while texting, speeding, or not wearing a seatbelt, the more lives we save.”
“Nearly 30 percent of all fatalities on Arkansas’s roads are a result of impaired drivers,” Ross said. “I’m pleased to help announce this funding which will provide the resources to help local law enforcement get drunk drivers off of our roads and keep our families safe.”
“With approximately 600 motor vehicle crash fatalities in Arkansas annually, these funds will continue to provide valuable resources to the State to use in addressing our highway safety issues,” said Bridget White, Arkansas State Police Highway Safety Office Administrator. “Our goal is to continue implementation of proven programs that provide enforcement of our drunken driving, speed limit and seat belt laws and promote traffic safety through education and advertising. These countermeasures save lives and prevent injuries on our roadways.”